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FOLLOW US EACH MONTH, AS WE SHARE RESOURCES THAT WILL BOTH INSPIRE AND BOOST PRODUCTIVITY. CLEAR TRACK AHEAD IS A LEADER IN THE RAILROAD AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INDUSTRIES.

An overview of the 3 types of passenger trains, common emergency problems, and a useful 17 Point Pre-Planning Rail Response Checklist.

During the early twentieth century, trains were the primary means of long distance passenger transportation. Although planes and cars have replaced trains for the top means of distant commuting, passenger trains are still a popular way to travel. There are three basic rail passenger modes: InterCity Trains, Commuter Trains, and Tourist Tra...

How well prepared is YOUR community? A train wreck could be disastrous. Emergency locations do not discriminate - a large scale train crash can take place in a highly populated city or in a desolate, hard to reach rural area. After a HAZMAT incident or passenger train accident, every minute of response time is precious.

Clear Track Ahead's custom GPS maps make it easier to pinpoint a railroad incident. This resource is easy to use, and can also assist in developing your...

February 12, 2018

Knowing the Railroad Contents helps you be prepared for potential emergencies that could happen with railroads near your jurisdiction.

The American Association of Railroads (AAR) uses DIFFERENT COMMODITY TYPES to describe the commodities that dominate today’s freight rail. We will go over each of the categories, their usual content, and the cautions to proceed with during an emergency situation requiring your response.

DIFFERENT COMMODITY TYPES:

  1. Energy Products

  2. ...

January 10, 2018

8 Q&A Facts on the Significance of Placard Usage in Rail Transportation

1. WHAT ARE PLACARDS? By Federal Code, the definition and identification of hazardous material being transported by any mode requires that they be marked in a manner that is easily observed.  The “marking” is called a “placard”. 

2. WHEN ARE PLACARDS USED? Hazmat carriers, including railroads, are required to ensure hazmat cars are accurately marked, and hazmat railcar content documents are i...

Yes, yes. We know what you are thinking! But when it comes to trains, size truly matters. And because their incredible size, your plans as Emergency Managers will have to reflect a train’s power and catastrophic magnitude. Let’s compare the vast size of trains, and why their size is so important.

Cargo trains are mighty and efficient, but their wrecks are nothing short of a nightmare.

Do you know what material the trains passing through your community are CARRYING? Your em...

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