AskRail 12+

Association of American Railroads

Designed for iPad

    • 3.5 • 22 Ratings
    • Free



The AskRail app is a hazardous materials safety tool for first responders who are first on scene or directly support the first on scene in the event of a rail incident. Access to certain features, including the ability to query railcar contents based on an equipment number, is restricted to authorized personnel.

To obtain authorization to use the restricted features, you must assert that you are a first responder, provide information about your emergency response agency, and identify a supervisor who can attest to your first responder duties. You also must obtain sponsorship from a Class I railroad. This process may take up to several weeks.

AskRail is a collaborative effort among all North American Class I railroads, the Association of American Railroads, Railinc Corp., and the Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

For more information about AskRail please visit:

What’s New

Version 6.4.3

This release includes minor bug fixes and enhanced error messages. AskRail continues to support Emergency Communication Centers.

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Soul Thief ,

Great Resource & Information, Needs Landscape View

This app is an absolutely great resource and an absolute for any public safety organization with railway transport systems within their response area.
However, I do wish the developers would allow the app to function in Landscape mode. Other apps used in responses function in Landscape, but when opening this one I have to remove my device from its mount and flip it vertically while using the app. This becomes a pain when having to switch back and forth between different apps. Given this feature being unavailable I gave a 4 Star review.

Developer Response ,

Thank you Soul Thief for your review! Your feedback helps us improve and your insight is invaluable. If you would like to provide any similar feedback on how we can continue to improve the app, especially for on the scene situations, please reach out to

GA HazMat Responder ,

Great Tool for Emergency Responders

This app is a must for all bona-fide emergency responders, and provides quick reliable information to identify the contents of a rail car. Many great features in the app and easy to use. It has been very helpful to me during real responses.

Developer Response ,

Thank you GA HazMat Responder! Your feedback is very helpful!

pwso-comm ,

Easy to use, valuable information

The registration process takes a little time, but the app is very useful as an information resource.

App Privacy

The developer, Association of American Railroads, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • Search History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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