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Maintenance of Way Operating Rule Courses

With so many contracted employees working for BNSF Railways, Roadway Worker Protection is not just an FRA requirement for trackside workers, but it is also designed to prevent catastrophic accidents and injuries from occurring. The end goal is that everyone goes home safely at the end of every workday.

To that end, NARS offers two types of Roadway Worker Protection training using BNSF’s Maintenance of Way Operating Rules training.


This course is the first initial promotion before a roadway worker can go through a requalification process. The primary focus is on basic knowledge of Federal Railroad Association (FRA) CFR 214 and BNSF’s Maintenance of Way Operating Rules. In addition, this course covers how to protect the worker from the movement of trains.

Taking this course does not guarantee that an individual will be re-qualified. The FRA states that each track owner is responsible for designating and recording which individuals are considered to be qualified and/or re-qualified.

Course objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Safely perform the duties (per CFR 214) of a: Lone Worker, Lookout & Flagman
  • Safely obtain authority from the BNSF train dispatcher to work under the protection of movement of trains.

Prerequisites: None
Contact hours: 40
Required equipment: None


This course is a refresher of the content covered in Maintenance of Way Operating Rules. It provides the opportunity for qualified roadway workers to stay current and up-to-date on key elements of CFR 214.

This course meets BNSF’s yearly requirement.

Prerequisites: Maintenance of Way Operating Rules or Maintenance of Way Operating Rules – Employee in Charge

Contact hours: 8 hours
Required equipment: None



Industrial Rail Operations Training (IROT)

This two-day course focuses on safety and correct train handling procedures. It is designed for industries that use loop or lateral tracks as a means to load and unload commodities or other materials on company premises.

The students will have the opportunity for hands-on application during the second day of training.

**Note** All training is conducted at the customer’s facility.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Safely work on and about rail equipment
  • Perform coupling and uncoupling procedures
  • Demonstrate proper hand and radio signals
  • Identify derail location and position
  • Identify air brake equipment and function
  • Demonstrate proper train handling techniques
  • Demonstrate application of distributed power (DP), if applicable

Maximum class size: 12 students
Prerequisites: None
Classroom contact hours: 8 hours
Field contact hours: 8 hours
Required equipment: Safety-toed boots, safety glasses, gloves

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“I very much enjoyed the class! It was so well run.”

Collin Parker, former student hired by Omnitracks in Southwest Region