NS Safety Train to Visit Canton, Columbus

The Norfolk Southern safety train will visit 23 cities this year including Canton and Columbus.

The train is part of the railroad’s Operation Awareness & Response program that provides free training to first responders about how to respond to a railroad incident.

The train will begin its 2017 travels on March 21 in Hagerstown, Maryland, and  visit cities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina.

The schedule includes visits to Cresson, Pennsylvania, on April 7-9; Canton on June 15-17; South Bend, Indiana, on June 27-29; Columbus on July 11-13; and Louisville, Kentucky, on July 25-27.

The safety train is pulled by a GP38-2 in a first responders livery that honors fire, police and emergency personnel.

The consist includes two boxcars converted into 30-seat classrooms; four styles of tank cars: DOT-105, DOT-111, DOT-112, and DOT-117; and two 89-foot flatcars used to transport intermodal containers.

Emergency personnel receive four-hour classroom training sessions as well as hands-on training inside a locomotive and on rail cars.

NS said in a news release that it provided training in 2016 for about 5,600 emergency responders, government officials and others in 18 states.

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