Gray skies and the cold, wet weather didn't deter more than 100 first-responders from coming to the Norfolk Southern rail yard in Danville Friday for a "Whistle Stop Tour," classes on how to handle hazardous material accidents.
There were more people in Danville than were at the training stop in Louisville on Thursday, according to organizers. The 18-car train with classrooms and exhibit boxcars had five stops this year.
First-responders, such as firefighters and paramedics, bundled up and braved the day for the free training.
"This is perfect weather for training because you can't predict the weather when there's an emergency," said Donna Fechter, emergency management public information officer for Boyle County.
Two of the most popular exhibits were an engine simulator that let participants see what it's like to drive a train, and an empty tanker car that had been set up to show different types of coatings and valves.