Archive for January, 2014

Train derailment in Caledonia

Train derailment in Caledonia

January 19, 2014 |  WTMJ | Caledonia – A train has derailed early Sunday morning in Caledonia.  The Calidonia Police Department reported it happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. east of 5-Mile Road and Nicholson Road. A spokesperson for Union Pacific told TODAY’S TMJ4 the train had three locomotives and 135 cars carrying coal. Nineteen of […]

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Hundreds rally for oil train protest

Hundreds rally for oil train protest

January 19, 2014 | KIRO – Seattle | Hundreds of people gathered Sunday to protest against oil trains.

Derailment Probability Analyses and Modeling of Mainline Freight Trains

Written by ROBERT T. ANDERSON CHRISTOPHER P.L. BARKAN Railroad Engineering Program Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The probability of derailment for a single train is largely a function of track class, distance traveled, and train length. While a shorter train will have a lower probability of derailment, shipments of […]

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N.D. political leaders question BNSF on rail safety

January 18, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | FARGO — North Dakota’s two senators took turns peppering two BNSF executives Saturday on the railroad company’s plans to prevent another train derailment like last month’s crash and fire near Casselton. The Dec. 30, 2013, collision that happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed and caused a train […]

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Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

January 17, 2014 | National Geographic | U.S. officials are weighing a wide range of actions to address what they view as the increasing public risk due to oil trains. Thanks to the booming oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, and the ramp-up of ethanol production throughout the Midwest, U.S. railways now are carrying […]

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Illinois Village Leads Charge for Tougher Oil Train Rules

Illinois Village Leads Charge for Tougher Oil Train Rules

January 17, 2014 | National Geographic |When a freight train rolls through Barrington, Illinois, gates with flashing lights lower to block all four of the village’s cross-town thoroughfares—often at the same time. It happens 20 times a day. [Read entire article here.]

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Oil Train Safety Issues Were Known Before Recent Crashes, NBC Investigation Shows

Oil Train Safety Issues Were Known Before Recent Crashes, NBC Investigation Shows

January 17, 2014 | The Huffington Post | Several recent deadly and destructive derailments have drawn greater attention to using railroads to ship crude oil, but a new NBC News investigation found that federal regulators have known about the risks for some time. Overloading trains and mislabeling tanks are among the problems that officials flagged […]

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Bakken’s Boom is Minnesota’s Peril

Bakken’s Boom is Minnesota’s Peril

January 16, 2014 | MN2020| Hundreds of tons of crude oil that exploded and burned, causing the small town of Casselton, North Dakota’s evacuation on Dec. 30, was 25 miles from crossing the Minnesota border when a train derailment touched off the massive blast and fire. And the tanker train disaster that killed 47 in a […]

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The tank car that’s stirring up rail safety debate

The tank car that’s stirring up rail safety debate

January 16, 2014 | CNBC |DOT-111 tank cars are non-pressurized, cylindrical railcars designed to transport a variety of liquids. They represent 80 percent of the Canadian fleet and 69 percent of the U.S. fleet. Of a total 320,000 total tank cars operating in 2013, 265,000 of them were classified as DOT-111. The bulk of the […]

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Finger-Pointing at Closed-Door Meeting

Finger-Pointing at Closed-Door Meeting

January 16, 2014 | AP – Matthew Brown | Oil and railroad executives met in Washington, D.C. last week with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Although the meeting was closed-door, this article mentions finger-pointing going on between railroad and oil executives. Oil executives blame the railroads for rail line deficiencies while the railroads blame the oil […]

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