Archive for June, 2014

Regulation & Environment: Canada’s aggressive on crude oil by rail regs; the US, not so much

Regulation & Environment: Canada’s aggressive on crude oil by rail regs; the US, not so much

June 9, 2014 | The Barrel | Both the US and Canada have experienced fiery crashes of crude oil moving by rail; in Canada, it has also been tragic. The pace of regulations to deal with crude-by-rail in the wake of it are moving at very different paces in the two countries. Herman Wang looks […]

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Documents: Railroads want to hit brakes on some oil train safeguards

Documents: Railroads want to hit brakes on some oil train safeguards

June 13, 2014 | Politico | The railroad industry is warning the White House against some potential safety rules for trains carrying explosive crude oil, saying freight and passenger rail traffic could be disrupted for years if companies must obey 30 mph speed limits, install more sophisticated brakes and keep the trains manned at all […]

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Northstar rail canceled after BNSF derailment

Northstar rail canceled after BNSF derailment

June 13, 2014 | MPR News | Metro Transit says Northstar commuter rail service has been cancelled today, due to a freight train derailment. A BNSF train derailed between Elk River and Ramsey this morning, and the damaged cars are blocking the tracks. Metro Transit says limited bus replacement service is available, but the buses […]

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First Quarter Rail Traffic Increases

June 5, 2014 | AAR | The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reports U.S. Class I railroads originated 110,164 carloads of crude oil in the first quarter of 2014, 1.4 percent more than in the fourth quarter of 2013 and, by 1,559 carloads, the most ever in any quarter.  In the first quarter of […]

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Minnesota town issues traffic tickets to BNSF railroad

Minnesota town issues traffic tickets to BNSF railroad

June 10, 2014 | KARE TV | BENSON, Minn. – Train traffic across Minnesota is on the rise thanks in part to the oil production boom in North Dakota and Canada, and ethanol production. That increase is creating traffic tie-ups and safety concerns in many cities across the state. [Read the entire article here.]

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Pictou County train derailment cleanup begins

Pictou County train derailment cleanup begins

June 10, 2014 | CBC | Five families in West River Station have been told it will be at least five days before they’re allowed back in their homes as the cleanup of the latest train derailment in Pictou County began Tuesday.​ [Read the entire article here.]

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Cleanup Work Continues In Wake Of McKeesport Train Derailment

June 9, 2014 | CBS – Pittsburgh | MCKEESPORT (KDKA) -Crews are continuing to cleanup and make repairs after a train derailment in McKeesport Saturday night. According to CSX spokesman Gary Sease, 12 cars of a CSX train derailed around 11 p.m. near the Jerome Street Bridge. The train was heading from New Castle to […]

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Residents remain evacuated as Nova Scotia train derailment cleanup begins

June 10, 2014 | Cape Breton Post | WEST RIVER STATION, N.S. — The RCMP says residents of homes evacuated during a train derailment in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County are awaiting word today on when it will be safe to return. [Read the entire article here.]

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2014 Railway Age Guide to Equipment Leasing

2014 Railway Age Guide to Equipment Leasing

June 6, 2014 | Railway Age| The railcar market continues to follow a trend of outrageous demand in some car types mixed with tepid demand in others. With a current backlog (as of the end of 1Q2014) of almost 82,000 cars, demand is strong for covered hoppers and tank cars with light to no building […]

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States balk at oil train confidentiality request

States balk at oil train confidentiality request

June 6, 2014 | The Spokesman-Review | U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying Thursday that the information shouldn’t be kept from the public. [Read the entire article here.]

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