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TRAINING EQUIPMENT CUSTOM BUILT FOR NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RAILROAD SCIENCE

A cantilever bridge was installed for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, KS. BNSF and JCCC created the National Academy of Railroad Sciences (NARS) at the college to train current Class I and short line railroad employees for those who aspire to work in the railroad industry.

With the largest and most extensively equipped railroad job education facilities, including the most locomotive simulators in North America, NARS provides exceptional hands-on training to both potential and current railroad employees in virtually every industry craft. Within JCCC, their facilities occupy 130,000 square feet of space for teaching basic to advanced skills. Each craft has its own extensive facilities, laboratories, equipment, and resources. Whenever possible, students are exposed to conditions and simulated situations that duplicate on-the-job requirements. Firm believers in learning by doing, NARS emphasizes performance-oriented training.