The Hours of Service System (HOSS) is Short Line Data Systems’ set of tools that help your railroad cope with the Hours of Service (HoS) Laws that were a part of the Rail Safety Act of 2008.  The laws put some heavy recordkeeping responsibilities of an railroad, and HOSS makes those tasks required by the laws that much easier.  There are versions of HOSS available that will work with your existing paper time sheets, or if you would like to go paperless we now have a version that will allow that within the FRA guidance for small railroads.

HOSS will run on any version of Microsoft Access after 2007.

Compliant with Hours of Service Rules


Can work with paper time sheets, or be completely electronic

All of your Hours of Service records in one place.

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The Main HOSS Screen

The HOSS main screen contains the up-front information you need to know about your hours of service employees. The end of their last service, length of service, current rest hours, and do not contact time are all listed right next to the employees name. Additional information on the screen includes consecutive days worked, number of consecutive days of work remaining before a “six and two” situation, total limbo hours for a month, total covered hours worked for the month, and total non-covered service hours for a month. Pop up screens for work data for the current week or month are also available.

Work Event Form

Work entry is accomplished on a very versatile form that uses pull down menus for ease of data entry. HOSS handles comingled service, non-covered service, and interrupted service with the data entered on the form.  The system also has the ability to enter an entire train crew’s work information on one form, creating a daily Time and Delay report.  The Time and Delay report can then be printed and signed or electronically signed for record keeping purposes.

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5 Westminster Place
Morristown, NJ 07960

Phone: 973-898-1346
Fax: 973-898-1568

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