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 5.1.0

-PHMSA ERG 2020 updates integrated
-Materials with potential to polymerize highlighted in ERG
-Support Contact information on key screens, including registration, about, and profile
-Internal logic updates for information displayed
-Fixes for iOS 14 releases

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 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, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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