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November 11, 2013

Farmrail training scheduled Saturday

Farmrail System will host a regional safety training program Saturday in Clinton.

The program will be held in cooperation with representatives of Farmrail’s connecting carrier BNSF Railway. Fire departments and emergency responders from western Oklahoma will participate in a four-hour session dealing with transportation of hazardous commodities, including classroom instruction at the Frisco Center and field demonstration with a locomotive and tank car.

The purpose is to raise awareness of potential risks and how to deal effectively with any incident that may happen.

The program starts at 9 a.m. and will be repeated in the afternoon if there is enough demand. To register, or for information, email brandonfriesen@farmrail.com or call (580) 214-0388.

Short-line railroads transporting toxic liquids have responded to a July incident in Canada involving a trainload of crude oil by adopting appropriate procedures for their circumstances, according to a Farmrail news release.

Farmrail oil trains are limited to 36 carloads and move at no more than 15 mph to minimize risk of derailment, according to Farmrail. Farmrail also requires a buffer car between the locomotive and the rest of the train. Railroad personnel also are equipped with radio and cellular communication devices, and train movements are tracked at headquarters by GPS. Locomotives also have been fitted with automated event recorders, and train dispatchers have been provided with emergency contact information.

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