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The AskRail® app is a safety tool that provides first responders immediate access to accurate, timely data about what type of hazardous materials a railcar is carrying so they can make an informed decision about how to respond to a rail emergency. AskRail is a backup resource if information from the train conductor or train consist is not available.

Benefits of AskRail®

  • Use a simple railcar ID search to see whether a railcar on a train is carrying hazardous materials
  • View the contents of the entire train
  • View emergency contact information for all Class I railroads and Amtrak
  • Access information from the North American Emergency Response Guidebook
  • Map feature provides isolation zone and points of interest (street or satellite view)
  • Available in English and French

Access to the App

  1. Download the app from the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store, or download the Windows Desktop Application at
  2. Complete the registration process in the app on your device.
  3. You will receive an email notification once your registration has been approved. The approval process may take up to several weeks.
  4. Once you have been approved to use the app, the app will become fully functional and ready for use.