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Training on the Virtual Railroad

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On their first day of work, new railroaders don’t just take the controls of a locomotive or build a 100-car block of rolling stock. First, they need to master the skills necessary to safely and efficiently get the job done. For transportation employees joining Norfolk Southern, that preparation begins at the company’s state-of-the-art training center in McDonough, Georgia. Over the years, thousands of railroaders have passed through the center to learn and progress in their field. And while today’s employees must master many of the same railroading fundamentals as their predecessors, innovative new technologies have significantly enhanced the quality and safety of their training. Among these technologies are sophisticated locomotive simulators, which allow engineer trainees to gain hours of experience performing simulated train runs without leaving the classroom. Though trainees also must complete field work under the direct supervision of a qualified engineer, the simulators accelerate their learning curve, offering them a hands-on experience earlier, without physically being on their territory or in a locomotive. What’s more, these machines can simulate unexpected events – such as weather scenarios, train malfunctions, and emergency and penalty brake applications – that a trainee might never experience during a normal train run. This valuable exposure provides trainees with additional opportunities to solve real-world challenges. Trainees also are issued laptops and tablets at the center that enable them to take advantage of advanced computer-based training modules, such as the virtual A6 brake test. The A6 is a critical inspection of a train’s airbrake system and a fundamental skill for new conductors and railcar mechanics. Airbrake inspection and testing typically requires NS to set up multiple freight cars on-site and allocate a significant amount of training time for demonstration, practice, and evaluation. With the training module, however, trainees can conduct virtual inspections of freight cars and interact with various brake components – all on a tablet or desktop computer, anytime, anywhere. In 2018 alone, nearly 3,000 employees have used these innovative training techniques to start or advance their careers. By combining cutting-edge simulator and virtual technology with hands-on training, NS is providing its workforce with the most effective and efficient training possible, equipping them with the skills needed to help NS reimagine railroading. To learn more about how we Reimagine Possible, visit:
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BNSFFan453 (2 months ago)
A simulator like that is priceless.
Ben Lahrman (7 months ago)
They would want you to believe the railway works this it does the believe in favoritism. My fellow students came to my defense for it. Forget it!
Trainboy Little (7 months ago)
What ever it will take for to be a great train engineer you tell what I have to do and I’ll do it I love NS
Trainboy Little (7 months ago)
I got a question if you want become a train engineer where do you go to for training for the job? It would be nice if you get back to me I’m just wondering cause I’m 14. Every since I was a 2 year old I wanted to be a train engineer why cause I know I love trains a lot. I try to get a lot of information on YouTube cause in 4 years I’m getting out of high school. I just can’t wait to blow that horn also I know it’s going to be a hard life but I think I’m ready for it my family already said ok if I miss holiday’s even miss my family birthday but it’s worth it to be working what I love in life is trains and i will never ever stop loving trains until the day I die and also I’m very patient in less my train would be 4 or 3 hour wait or that’s normal I just can’t wait.
SmashMouthDipper (1 year ago)
Just wanna say thank you to NS for making my conductor training the best down at NSTC and thank you for letting me be in the video it was an honor to go to school here now following my dreams as a railroader. It’s funny seeing my face in this video my first day walking into school haha. Hope to get to come back and experience it all again when I get promoted to become an engineer👍🏼 thanks to Troy and Brad and Ronnie as well as Spencer and CT Chris for being amazing trainers they taught me everything I know and I use it all on the rail everyday 👍🏼
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NoahInNormal (1 year ago)
Don't wanna be a foamer, but uhhh. *Wheres 4001?*
לי היימליך (1 year ago)
wow, that's a great video!
Railfan Owen (1 year ago)
Norfolk Southern I’m a HUGE fan of your railroad and I was wondering if you could subscribe to me? Please
Conrail Gp-40 Guy (1 year ago)
I want to be an engineer on NS, so am I going to Georgia?
Erie Productions1068 (7 months ago)
yep lucky for me its in my home town
Hunter bagpiper (1 year ago)
Ryan Laffey (1 year ago)
I’ve always wanted to work for Norfolk Southern. I hope I can in my life
The Dude (1 year ago)
Don’t give conductors a laptop. Tell them to go outside and actually practice the work.
Southeastern Rail Productions (1 year ago)
Can't wait to end up there in about 8 years or so
Matt Dibenedetto Fan (1 year ago)
Bring back 21st century steam!
J Brat (1 year ago)
That's Awesome
Tyler Cehelsky (1 year ago)
When I graduate high school and college I’m going to be a railroader I’ve dreamed of this goal since I was small
Trainboy Little (7 months ago)
Tyler Cehelsky same
SmashMouthDipper (1 year ago)
BNSF Bandit you don’t even need a high school diploma I’m in this video at 0:26 on the very right up front and I have a GED 🤷🏻‍♂️
Hunter bagpiper (1 year ago)
Me too
Transit Rail Productions (1 year ago)
Heck yeah
Ryan Laffey (1 year ago)
Tyler Cehelsky me too man. See you on the rails
Highball Henry Productions (1 year ago)
I’ve always wanted to be an engineer for NS, but now I’m reconsidering. I don’t like all this technology junk. I’d rather work on a shortline, and run trains the good old fashioned way.
Southeast Virginia Railfan (3 months ago)
@Duel Productions I may go for North Carolina and Virginia.
Duel Productions (1 year ago)
Rockville Railfan yeah i want to work with the small railways like Reading and Northren is the railway am going for
Will Myers (1 year ago)
Yeah but sadly many family short lines see experience as very valuable. Hopefully we can start at a big corporation then end up in the short line dream
Norfolk Southern Pocahonis Division Railfan 1 (1 year ago)
I subscribed i want to ask you about what is the diffrence of a es44ace and c6m locomive