Tracks and railyards are inherently dangerous environments. They are constantly in movement and can be loud, low visibility, and chaotic with a variety of moving equipment and activity. Railroaders can get distracted or become complacent — encountering potential safety hazards. Anyone near or on a track must be aware of their environment at all times.


In the Near Miss Sim, students build awareness of moving equipment hazards and safe railyard navigation via practice. While performing a series of tasks, students learn to recognize potential hazards, make informed decisions, and exercise caution in the railyard. Students will navigate the rail yard to complete tasks while maintaining awareness of safety hazards and practices.

Used for: Classroom Training, Self-Paced/Refresher Learning by Transportation, Mechanical, and Engineering

Shoving move scenario: A rail car or consist being shoved by a locomotive. In the dark, this situation is especially dangerous since there is no lead locomotive with a headlight.

“You would never even see it coming” – actual railroader quote. 


  • Understand the dynamic and sometimes chaotic environment of a railyard and have the ability to identify potential hazards in their surroundings
  • Maintain a sense of situational awareness while working on tasks in the railyard by regularly scanning their environment visibly and audibly, predicting the paths of moving equipment, and understanding potential blind spots
  • Make safe movement techniques, such as maintaining a safe distance from moving equipment and adhering to established safety protocols.


  • Guide your students through all activities required to complete the Sim via a Tutorial
  • Perform a variety of tasks: Equipment Inspection, Maintenance Tasks, or Switch Operation or Repair
  • Move locomotives and cars in the rail yard
  • Generate random configuration of tracks, switches, and movement patterns of equipment
  • Require maintaining proper distances from equipment while navigating the yard
  • Provide results at completion with an opportunity to view unsafe actions or near misses


PC, VR, Mobile, LMS

This year 45,315 railroaders will stay competent with these training simulations and guides.

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