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Union Pacific boxcar classroom makes a safety stop in SLO

Union Pacific unveiled a classroom box car for training first responders about railroad derailments. The boxcar has space for 40 students, TV screens and a heating and cooling system.
Union Pacific unveiled a classroom box car for training first responders about railroad derailments. The boxcar has space for 40 students, TV screens and a heating and cooling system. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Union Pacific Railroad unveiled a state-of-the-art interactive training car at the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum on Friday.

It was the box car’s first stop prior to launching on a nationwide tour to teach rail safety and emergency preparedness to first responders. The 71-foot-long car, which is like a classroom on wheels, features video screens and seating and work space for 40 students.

The training will cover a range of topics, including how hazardous materials are shipped, the types of tank cars and their construction, and railroad protocol in the event of derailments.

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