Archive for July, 2014

Two trains collide in Slinger; two taken to the hospital; more than 100 homes evacuated

Two trains collide in Slinger; two taken to the hospital; more than 100 homes evacuated

July 21, 2014 | Fox 6 | LINGER (WITI) — Slinger Fire Chief Rick Hanke briefed the media just after midnight on Monday, July 21st after two trains collided in Slinger on Sunday night, July 20th. Two people were injured — and taken to the hospital. The collision prompted evacuations of more than 100 homes […]

Train derailment forces evacuations in Wisconsin town

Train derailment forces evacuations in Wisconsin town

July 21, 2104 | Chicago Tribune | Authorities evacuated residents after a train derailment in Slinger, Wis. caused a propane explosion and a fuel spill Sunday night, authorities said. Three locomotives and several railcars belonging to a Canadian National Railway trail derailed about 8:30 p.m. Sunday near State Highway 144, a railway spokesman told Reuters. […]

Buffett Tank Car Maker Urges New Rules Include Rail Operations

July 20, 2014 | Bloomberg News | Warren Buffett’s Union Tank Car Co., which makes cars that carry crude oil, is urging U.S. regulators to adopt new rules for rail operations in addition to sturdier tank-car standards to improve safety. The railroad procedures need more scrutiny because most crude-oil derailments were triggered by rail operators’ […]

AAR: U.S. roads registered traffic gains in week 28

July 20, 2014 | Progressive Railroading | For the week ending July 12, U.S. railroads logged 290,607 carloads, up 4.8 percent, and 256,256 intermodal units, up 3.2 percent compared with volumes from the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads. Total combined U.S. traffic rose 4 percent to 546,863 units and […]

US Oil trains, born of U.S. energy boom, face test in new safety rules

US Oil trains, born of U.S. energy boom, face test in new safety rules

July 18, 2014 | Business Insider | WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch has thrived thanks in large part to the once-niche business of hauling fuel on U.S. rail tracks. New safety rules may now test the oil train model. Within weeks, the Obama Administration is due to unveil a suite of reforms […]

On-Going Rail Delays Prompt Comments To Feds

July 18, 2014 | Prairie Public News| Senator John Hoeven says he would like to see a meeting between North Dakota’s Ag Commodity groups and officials from Burlington Northern – Santa Fe Railroad. Hoeven says the grain elevators and other commodity shippers have been short on railcar delivery all year and are currently about 4-thousand […]

Numbers skyrocket for rail shipments of oil in Wyoming

July 18, 2014 | Columbus CEO | Oil shipments were up 61 percent last year on Wyoming’s two largest railroads, according to a Star-Tribune review of annual shipment data provided to the Wyoming Department of Transportation by Burlington North Santa Fe and Union Pacific. The total of crude oil, natural gas and gasoline shipments in […]

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BNSF and union reach tentative deal to allow train operations with one employee

July 17, 2014 | Kansascity.com |One of the largest U.S. railroads and one of the largest labor organizations representing railroad workers have reached a tentative agreement to allow one person to operate a train on routes protected by a new collision avoidance system required by Congress in 2008. A BNSF Railway spokeswoman confirmed the agreeement […]

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Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars

July 15, 2014 | WBAY | SEATTLE (AP) – Environmental groups asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing oil train wrecks and explosions and the agency’s own findings that accidents pose an imminent hazard. The petition filed Tuesday by the Sierra Club […]

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Schumer wants Obama administration to act on oil train tank cars

Schumer wants Obama administration to act on oil train tank cars

July 17, 2014 | D&C | Schumer sent a letter today to newly confirmed White House budget director Shaun Donovan urging him to act quickly on a proposed regulation that could mandate the phase-out. “It’s time the feds put their foot on the gas to finalize this rule, because the chances of a derailment increase […]

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