Railroad Locomotive Daily Inspection (CFR 229) – Interactive 3D Simulation

: Every day that a locomotive is in use it must receive a Daily Inspection. This inspection is a thorough examination of all major components of the locomotive to ensure that no safety hazards exist, as well as, confirming that the locomotive meets all Federal Railroad Administration requirements (CFR 229). Currently, Railroads provide training on this inspection through PowerPoint presentations and hands-on training. The amount of hands-on training is limited by class size and availability of locomotives. These limitations make hands-on training costly, difficult to schedule, and not scalable.
(Note: Some railroads refer to this inspection as a Locomotive Calendar Day Inspection)

SOLUTION OVERVIEW: To alleviate physical space and time constraints, Railroads (Norfolk Southern, BNSF and more) deploy simulation based training (by Heartwood) covering the complete inspection process. The simulation allows a student to visually inspect over 200+ items, giving the student additional practice at their pace with a record of their performance at the end.
Used for: Classroom Training, Evaluation.


  • User Interface (UI) to navigate & interact with 200+ inspection items.
  • Inspection items with multiple settings, such as lights, function in all available settings.
  • Inspection items with possible defects are randomly generated in two visual states; “good” or “bad”.
  • Virtual inspection form to fill in during inspection.
  • Score card to show performance and improvement.
    Complete list of Inspection Items here.
    Available on PC, iOS, Android, Web (LMS/SCORM)

1. Improved knowledge of Locomotive components and functions and Increased efficiency when performing the Locomotive Daily Inspection.
2. Reduced need for live equipment (Locomotives allocated for training).
3. A standardized training resource and a formalized tool for refresher training -part of a wider initiative for meeting FRA Part 243 training requirements.

After using the sim, employees should be able to:

  • Identify defective components on locomotives.
  • Inspect wheels/trucks for defects.
  • Identify safety hazards on locomotives.
  • Measure locomotive components to determine if they meet requirements.
  • Setup locomotive for operation including RCO setup and MU setup.
  • Perform an Air Brake Test.

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

Download the Brochure here.

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