Archive for February, 2014

Re-inventing the DOT 111

Re-inventing the DOT 111

February 7, 2014 | Railway Age | For tank car builders—American Railcar Industries, The Greenbrier Cos., National Steel Car, Texana Tank Car, Trinity Industries, Union Tank Car—the business outlook for the next five years is good, as demand for tank cars continues to surpass builder capacity. The RSI’s year-end 2013 report showed deliveries of 28,996 […]

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RSICTC to USDOT: We’re tired of waiting

RSICTC to USDOT: We’re tired of waiting

February 12, 2014 | Railway Age | The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSICTC) has called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to get moving on new safety measures for tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol. In a Feb. 12, 2014 letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony R. Foxx, RSICTC called for […]

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CBR: CN charging more for pre-CPC-1232 tank cars

CBR: CN charging more for pre-CPC-1232 tank cars

February 13, 2014 | Railway Age | CN is charger a higher rate to move crude oil in DOT-111 tank cars built prior to October 2011, whenAssociation of American Railroads CPC (Casualty Prevention Circular)-1232 safety standards took effect. These standards include head shields, top-fitting rollover protection, half-inch-thick normalized tank steel (for unjacketed applications), double-shelf couplers, […]

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Lawsuit: Chicago-based MMA Railway ‘worst in North America’

Lawsuit: Chicago-based MMA Railway ‘worst in North America’

February 13, 2014 | WLS-TV |  — The I-Team has learned that a Chicago-based railway has new legal problems in Canada. Victims of a fiery derailment are suing the Ottawa government for allowing MMA Railway to transport explosive freight, even though the Chicago company had the worst safety record in North America. [Read the entire […]

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Backroom deal could reroute DOT-111 oil tankers from Chicago to suburbs

Backroom deal could reroute DOT-111 oil tankers from Chicago to suburbs

February 13, 2014 | WLS TV | February 13, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — The ABC7 I-Team has learned of a new risk on the rails, evidence that a back-room deal could mean potentially explosive freight trains being re-routed from Chicago to the suburbs. Some suburban leaders are livid about this new risk on the rails: […]

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Update: Vandergrift: 21 tank cars off track: Canadian tar sand crude oil and Propane

February 13, 2014 | KDKA| – Norfolk Southern Railroad called in an environmental team Thursday afternoon to the scene of a train derailment in Vandergrift. According to officials at the scene, 21 cars of a 120-car Norfolk Southern train derailed on First Street around 8 a.m. One of the derailed tanker cars struck a MSI […]

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CN raises shipping rates on older oil tank cars

CN raises shipping rates on older oil tank cars

February 13, 2014 | The Globe and Mail | Canadian National Railway is charging shippers more to transport crude oil in older tank cars, one of the first signs that rail operators are actively discouraging use of the type of cars involved in several dramatic explosions. Confirmation of a tiered fee structure for different models […]

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Heat rising on oil plan

Heat rising on oil plan

February 13, 2014 | Times Sun Union|  Albany–For more than three hours Wednesday, voices in the auditorium of Giffen Elementary School on South Pearl Street echoed what is a growing national debate over safety concerns brought on by a rising tide of crude oil being shipped across the county in rail cars. Several hundred people jammed […]

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Video: Train hauling crude oil, propane derails in Vandergrift

February 13, 2014 | WXPI |VANDERGRIFT, Pa. — A train hauling crude oil and propane derailed in Vandergrift, Westmoreland County Thursday morning. Over 20 cars on a Norfolk Southern rail line between Vandergrift and East Vandergrift derailed around 8:30 a.m. Channel 11’s Dave Bondy reported that people inside the nearby MSI Corporations building have been […]

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Train carrying crude oil derails in Vandergrift

Train carrying crude oil derails in Vandergrift

February 13, 2014 | Post Gazette | At least five cars of a freight train derailed this morning in Vandergrift, striking a building that houses a specialty metals firm, authorities said. Hazmat crews were en route to MSI Corp. in the 200 block of First Street in Vandergrift. At least one of the derailed cars […]

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