Archive for June, 2014

AAR: U.S. Freight Traffic – The highest week in history

AAR: U.S. Freight Traffic – The highest week in history

June 26, 2014 | Railway Age | U.S. freight traffic scored another advance during the week ending June 21, 2014, aided by intermodal volume the Association of American Railroads described Thursday, June 26, as “the highest week in history … topping the previous record set last week.” [Read the entire article here.]

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Norfolk Southern to Require Legal Protection Against Older Tank Cars

Norfolk Southern to Require Legal Protection Against Older Tank Cars

June 26, 2014 | WSJ | Norfolk Southern Corp. NSC -0.65% has become the first big American freight railroad to require its customers to give the railroad legal protection against damages from fires, explosions or the release of hazardous materials carried in tank cars that don’t meet the rail industry’s latest standards. [Read the entire […]

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Fargo, ND: More than 40 oil trains a week

Fargo, ND: More than 40 oil trains a week

June 25, 2014 | WI News | Trains, each pulling more than 100 cars laden with about 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude, began running in 2008 when the state first reached its shipping capacity with existing pipelines and infrastructure. More than 70 percent of the more than 1 million barrels of oil produced […]

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Oil From U.S. Fracking Is More Volatile Than Expected

Oil From U.S. Fracking Is More Volatile Than Expected

June 24, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal | Millions of barrels of crude oil flowing from shale formations around the country—not just North Dakota—are full of volatile gases that make it tricky to transport and to process into fuel. Oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale field has already been identified as combustible by investigators […]

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1,000 Gallons of Diethanolamine Spilled in Texas Derailment

1,000 Gallons of Diethanolamine Spilled in Texas Derailment

June 26, 2014 | The Examiner | A tank car spilled about 1,000 gallons of diethanolamine, a chemical used in hair products that Mainwaring said is considered a hazardous material by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) “It’s used in soaps, cosmetics and shampoo, and things like that. We’re handling it according to EPA standards, so […]

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Cause of train derailment unknown; crews repairing Texas 6 bridge

June 23, 2014 | theeagle.com | Northbound traffic on Texas 6 south of Navasota will continue to pool through a single inside lane as Texas Department of Transportation crews repair a bridge pier damaged in Monday morning’s Union Pacific train derailment. The hazardous chemicals spilled in the derailment pose a minimal threat to residents and […]

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Canadian government unveils new regs for identifying haz-mat shipments

June 23, 2014 | Progressive Rail | Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt on Friday announced new regulations governing the identification of hazardous materials transported on railroads and highways. To take effect on July 14, the new Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations require safety marks to be displayed on rail cars, trucks and bulk containers used […]

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Oil train info shows heavy traffic

June 24, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | BILLINGS, Mont  — Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast. The Associated Press obtained details on the shipments Tuesday […]

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CSX’s oil shipping information publicized by government

June 20, 2014 | The Roanoke Times | Between two and five CSX tanker trains loaded with 1 million gallons or more of flammable crude oil cross Virginia’s midsection weekly, taking a west-to-east route to a Yorktown refinery, state records show. No railroad has previously revealed its oil shipping volumes and routes in the state. […]

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Delays plague Metra BNSF riders

Delays plague Metra BNSF riders

June 20, 2014 | Chicago Tribune | As if riders on Metra’s BNSF Line didn’t already know, they suffered through a dismal month of May, with 1 out of every 5 rush-hour trains running at least five minutes late, officials said Friday. Of a total of 697 train delays systemwide, the tie-replacement project on a […]

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