Archive for January, 2014

Train derailment near Cantonment

January 29 2014, 08:07 PM CST | WEARTV | A CSX train derailed last night near Cantonment, Florida. The train had 3 locomotives and 69 rail cars carrying mixed freight. It was traveling from Waycross, Georgia to Mobile, Alabama. A total of 23 cars were derailed. Four cars of phosphoric acid are among those derailed. […]

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MM&A Derailment Victims’ Families File Payment Plan

MM&A Derailment Victims’ Families File Payment Plan

January 29, 2014 | WSJ | The relatives of those killed in last summer’s train derailment in Quebec are turning to former U.S. Senator George Mitchell to make sure they get paid in the railway company’s bankruptcy. Attorneys representing holders of wrongful death claims against Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. in connection with last […]

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CSX train derailment in McDavid, FL

January 29, 2014 | PNJ.com | Escambia County officials said this morning that a a train derailment in McDavid Tuesday night has resulted in no injuries and residents in the area have been allowed to return to their homes. The derailment was reported at about 6:30 p.m. and involved multiple train cars that fell into […]

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U.S. Plains Oil Shipments Disrupting Amtrak Trains

U.S. Plains Oil Shipments Disrupting Amtrak Trains

January 29, 2014 | ABC News |A group that advocates for train and rail transit passengers says a massive increase in rail shipments of crude oil from the northern Plains is partly to blame for disruptions to an Amtrak route linking Chicago and the West Coast. The National Association of Railroad Passengers wrote to U.S. […]

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Coal and oil: A mix to fuel NW fears

Coal and oil: A mix to fuel NW fears

January 29, 2014 | Seattle Crosscut | The masses that stormed the gates of Big Coal in 2013 are turning their fury on Big Oil as the new year opens and the Pacific Northwest considers a future as a massive pipeline on rails connecting the fossil-fuel deposits of Wyoming and North Dakota to the furnaces […]

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Getting oil, tankers off the bridge

Getting oil, tankers off the bridge

January 29, 2014 | The Enquirer | PHILADELPHIA Mike Austin knew it was bad when his cellphone buzzed after 12:30 a.m. Quickly, he scribbled notes and called a coworker: “Train derailment. Seven cars. It’s on a bridge. I’m going to need help.” Then he hopped into his white Chevrolet Suburban and drove 21/2 hours from […]

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Union Pacific train cars derail north of Pollard Flat; Amtrak to use buses

Union Pacific train cars derail north of Pollard Flat; Amtrak to use buses

January 28, 2014 | redding.com | Four box cars pulled by a Union Pacific train headed to Portland, Ore., went off the tracks Monday afternoon about 35 miles north of Redding, in the Pollard Flat area north of Lakehead. Authorities said no one, including the two-man crew on the train, was injured in the incident, […]

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Mundelein, IL: Derailment means no North Central Service until Wednesday

Mundelein, IL: Derailment means no North Central Service until Wednesday

January 28, 2014 | Daily Herold| Metra commuters on the North Central Service will need to find alternate transportation today because of a freight train derailment. Repairing tracks and moving a derailed freight car plus inspecting the rails will take until the early evening, Metra officials said. “In order to give them time to make […]

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Insurers weigh risks of an oil-train catastrophe

January 27, 2014 | Reuters | – In the event of a mass-casualty accident involving the derailment of a crude-carrying train in a densely populated urban area, who would be responsible for the compensation for deaths, injuries, damage to property and environmental clean up? The short answer is the railroad operator. By law, the operator […]

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Emanuel calls for fee on rail cars carrying dangerous materials

Emanuel calls for fee on rail cars carrying dangerous materials

January 23, 2014 | Chicago Tribune | WASHINGTON — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, addressing the nation’s mayors, today proposed a national hazardous-freight fee be assessed on rail cars carrying dangerous substances. He said he was motivated by rail disasters including the one last summer that devastated the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. Emanuel […]

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