Railcar Mover Safety Training

While basic orientation training on the operation of a railcar mover is typically offered by dealers and manufacturers, this training rarely addresses some of the major issues involved with moving millions of pounds with one of these 50,000 pound machines.  How does the size of the load affect operation?  What are the best practices for navigating curves in the rails? What challenges are caused by rainy weather or frozen rails? 

Material Handling Safety provides on-site training aimed to help employers and employees to recognize and avoid the safety hazards they may encounter when they use or work on and around railcar movers.  Our on-site training blends traditional classroom education with hands-on training at your operation.

Our Customized Approach

All of our programs feature on-site, customized safety training that is unique to your facility, equipment, operations and training requirements.  Railcar mover safety training is provided to both those moving railcars and working near tracks and offers the benefit of instructor/student interaction and the opportunity to discuss site-specific scenarios. 

Reduce Damage

Having trained operators throughout North America, we know that reducing damage is one of the best benefits of our training.  We have seen “experienced” operators literally drop a 50,000 pound machine onto the rails, question what the sand boxes were for and use the service brake to stop loads.  With our training we:

  • Teach operators the fundamentals of weight transfer and how to generate “Tractive Effort” and “Drawbar Pull.”
  • Show operators how to properly pick up a “slave car.”
  • Educate operators on how to effectively use sand to increase drag.
  • Train operators on proper use of the airbrake systems

“I visited one site where the operators were consistently using the service brake to stop loads instead of the railcar mover’s air breaks.  As a result, brakes that should need to be replaced once a generation were in need of constant repair.   With proper training, we not only helped the operators improve efficiency, but we virtually eliminated the costs associated with replacing the brakes.”  

Additional Topics Covered

  • Understanding Machine Limitations
  • Factors Affecting Railcar Moving Operations
  • Effects of Weather and Temperature
  • Effects of Grade and Track Curvature
  • Track Condition
  • Rail Bed Condition
  • Number and Type of Switches to Move Through
  • Type of Railcars
  • Number of Railcars Moved Safely
  • Weight Available to Transfer to a Railcar Mover
  • Railcar Weight Distribution
  • Shock Loading
  • Securing Unattended Rail Cars
  • Equipment Inspection
  • Mounting and Dismounting Precautions


Our comprehensive operator safety training is available for all major brands of railcar movers and is typically much more informative and effective than “dealer provided training.”

  • Trackmobile™
  • Rail King™
  • Shuttle Wagon™


Call us at 844-755-8523 or complete the online form to get started on implementing a comprehensive training program for your business.

Meet the Trainer

MHS Safety Training's Operator Safety Training program is led and developed by Guy Snowdy whose credentials include over 30 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the material handling and construction equipment industries, particularly powered industrial trucks, aerial lifts, cranes, and rigging equipment.

"Guy’s willingness to tailor the training to our specific needs and the needs of our operators is what truly sets him apart. He picks up on things, sees them and tweaks them to make sure our team understands and is always learning."

- Steve Hess, VP of Safety
Heico Construction Group