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Rail Auxiliary Team supports AMTRAK's RAILSAFE

Rich Gent - Sunday, December 09, 2018

This Fall as well as during the Thanksgiving holiday the Washoe and Storey County Nevada Rail Auxiliary Teams supported AMTRAK's RAILSAFE by monitoring a challenging highway-grade crossing and patrolling the Reno AMTRAK station.  Teams like this provide augmentation to the AMTRAK Police and serve the smaller cities and towns where AMTRAK operates.  Additionally, these teams do not put strain on the local law enforcement as trained and fully vetted and badge law enforcement volunteers.   A win-win for all. Read Entire Article Here

Rail Suicide Prevention

Rich Gent - Saturday, September 10, 2016

Two weeks ago the Washoe County Sheriff's Department Citizen Corps graduated more than 40 volunteers who are trained on reportable situations on the railroad tracks to provide rail awareness reports to local law enforcement (who normally respond to rail trespass situations) for possible response. The 6 hour course covered topics from basic railroad operations, rail safety, worldwide rail terrorist incidents and a cutting edge topic; "Prevention of Rail Suicides in our Community."   The one hour segment, taught by the Nevada Suicide Prevention Coordinator, covered topics of why people consider suicide, the local demographics for suicides (in this case Northern Nevada highest rate is males over 60), what to look for should they see someone by the tracks and how to report to the railroad/local law enforcement using milepost, control points or Emergency Notification Signs correlated to local community streets or landmarks.   Read Entire Article Here

Trespass and Communications

Rich Gent - Sunday, February 14, 2016

Today I was walking my dogs by the railroad track and saw a white Dodge pick-up driving on the Maintenance of Way (MOW) road.  It was not railroad personnel, at least the truck did not have a railroad logo on it.  So, I called it in to the Risk Management Center.  The lady asked what I was calling about and I said I wanted to report a trespasser on railroad property.  I told her the railroad milepost and the sub-district as well as the location from the nearest town, the direction of travel, etc.  She seemed satisfied with all this information.  Now normally in the past when I have reported a trespasser the Dispatcher is on the radio and almost immediately notifying trains in the area; this time absolutely nothing.  So, I figured no trains in the area.  Then about 10 minutes later a Westbound Stack train rolls past.  I packed up the dogs and headed back home.  When I got back on the main road to head home, I noticed the local sheriff on the branch line which connects to the mainline where the trespasser was at.  So, obviously either the dispatcher sent the sheriff to the branch line or the sheriff didn't know that there was a main line too.  An obvious communication breakdown.  I guess it boils down to the risk management department being literally in a different time zone and communicating to a sheriff who is not fully trained on railroad operations.   Hot Rail is developing a solution to this communication break down called the Common Operational Picture (COP) which the military has been using for years.  Keep watching this webpage for developments.   Read Entire Article Here

Shotgun Shell in Coupler

Rich Gent - Monday, December 21, 2015
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American's Disrupt Rail Terrorist

Rich Gent - Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thanks to courage and quick thinking, three American service members took down a terrorist on a French passenger train.  I truly hate to sound like a broken record but once again I am writing that it is not a matter of if but a matter of when it happens here in the United States.  I've attended and been a speaker at several rail security and safety conferences, discussed the terrorist threat in the U.S.  and either we (TSA, rail, state, local) law enforcement truly have a handle on the railroads and the terrorist threat or we are fooling ourselves.   I know that recently the FBI came out and said that they do not have a good handle on the Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVE) and that they rely very heavily on the use of the See Something Say Something campaigns.  This leads me to a statement by a terrorist expert when I asked him about this.  His comment will always stay with me; "ya know, no one thought a whole heck of a lot about airplanes on September 10th." Read Entire Article Here

We Told You So

Guest Post - Friday, May 06, 2011

Well, seems as if what we at Hot Rail LLC have been saying for a while has come true. It has now been confirmed that the U.S. rails were/are going to be a target for terrorists. Intelligence from the recent raid at bin Laden’s residence revealed a planned attack on the U.S. rail system. Based on information from the news the plan, to derail a train on a bridge, was in the intial stages of planning.

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