icon_widget_image U.S. Corporate Headquarters: P.O. Box 38 114 Main Street South Fordville, ND 58231 icon_widget_image (701) 299-3330 icon_widget_image Toll Free: (855) 567-7245 icon_widget_image NPR Canada: P.O. Box 1162 Camrose, Alberta, T4V 1X2 icon_widget_image (780) 608-9892 info@nprail.com
Northern Plains Railroad employees attending a safety training on the rail tracks

Rail Safety Training & Consulting

Offering extensive experience, knowledge, and understanding of the regulatory framework both in the U.S. and in all Canadian provinces.

A group of Northern Plains Railroad employees listening to a training session from a supervisor
Training & Consulting


Northern Plains Rail Services offers short-line and industrial railways support to ensure operations are effective and in compliance with prescribed regulations and safe industry operating practices.

Our training is utilized by customers and other railroads alike. We offer training in all areas of rail operations, track structure, locomotive operation and service, and rail car and track inspection.

Key general training:

Compliance audits and operations performance assessments

Conductor New-Hire Training and Engineer Training and Re-certification

Creation, development, and implementation of Safety Management Systems

Operations manual and instructions development

Positive Train Control (PTC) Training

Risk Assessments

Training design, development, and implementation

FRA-approved Rail Operations and Safety Training

Distributed Power Training (DP)

Industrial rail operation training programs:

Shippers and Railroad Hazardous Material Training Packages:

We offer hazardous materials training as it applies to Code of Federal Regulations 172.704, 173.31, and 174 for both railroads and industry shippers.


We offer Hazardous Material training for railroads as it applies to railroad operations and a complex review of the United States Hazardous Material Instruction for Rail Manual with table-top exercises of placement and switching restrictions for a hands-on learning experience, along with testing and certification.


We offer training packages to provide certification of all parts of the Code of Federal Regulations 172.704 for management and workforce personnel. Record keeping, One-time-movement approvals (OTMA) and waybill requirements for office personnel, and classroom and field exercises which include a comprehensive review of all components of a railroad tank car and pre-transportation inspections for your loaders or un-loaders.

Classroom CFR - 172.704 & 173.31

General Awareness


Safety and Security

Testing and Certification for each employee

Comprehensive hands-on training loaders or un-loaders:

In-depth instruction of RR tank car anatomy and pre-trip inspections, including all top and bottom components.

Check for understanding of tank car components – using your checklist.

Things to look for in a yard, rail, spikes, and track structures defects as it applies.

Hand brake application, switch & derail operation, wheel chocks, and positive track protection.

Skip to content