Ooops. Sawwy....Ok, In the classroom pic The three in the fore ground facing the camera (Tan sweater, red shirt, & blk n grey jersey are Martin Murietta employees from Arkansas who weren't sure why their company sent them there, They couldn't wait to get out of class so they could go to the Cabellas and Bass Pro Shop
) the rest are Safety Inspectors from major RR's who were taking a class on Air Brake Inspections and how to recognize problems with train brakes.
The rolling cart contains all the Brake components of a train car and with handheld computers we would check out the whole sytem and then each part when we encountered a problem (which the instructor could arrange by turning hidden valves on and off). There were dozens of these carts which the instructor would sabotage and then we would have to diagnose the problem.
The final exam had us inspecting a full size car (below) in the class and we had to find all the defects on it to get our certificate. Along with a lengthy written test.
I got a 98%!
Below is a picture of the campus. It was 4* with wind chills at -35*. That's why were all wearing hats.