Archive for July, 2014

Strong gains for North American freight traffic

Strong gains for North American freight traffic

July 18, 2014 | Railway Age | U.S. freight carload traffic rose 4.8% for the week ending July 12, measured against the comparable week in 2013. U.S. intermodal volume also rose, as usual, up 3.2%. Total combined U.S. rail traffic notched a 4% gain. [Read the entire article here.]

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Details of crude-oil shipments in Nebraska remain mostly a mystery

Details of crude-oil shipments in Nebraska remain mostly a mystery

July 18, 2014 | Omaha.com| Both Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway move crude oil in Nebraska by rail, though neither they nor state officials will say exactly when, where or how much. The options for “where,” however, are limited. Both Omaha-based Union Pacific and Texas-based BNSF, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, operate rail lines in […]

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Danger On The Tracks: The Push For One Man Crews

Danger On The Tracks: The Push For One Man Crews

July 17, 2014 | WFMY | CLEVELAND — What was once a team in charge of guiding a freight train is being slashed down to just a single person. In a push for efficiency, railroad companies are proposing engineer-only crews. Some are already using them. It’s a concern for railroad workers and anyone who sees […]

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No leaks, public safety issues in 24-car derailment

No leaks, public safety issues in 24-car derailment

July 16, 2014 | MJ Times | CP spokesperson Salem Woodrow confirmed those details and told the Times-Herald that the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. “There is no leak and there are no public safety issues,” said Salem. [Read the entire article here.]    

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Railroads detail crude oil train numbers in New York

Railroads detail crude oil train numbers in New York

July 16, 2014 | North Country Public Radio | Jul 16, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) CSX Transportation says it hauls an average of 20 to 35 trains a week loaded with crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region across 17 upstate New York counties en route to coastal refineries. Canadian Pacific says it hauls […]

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Trade group: Oil train sector has work to settle safety concerns

July 16, 2014 | Prairie Business | WASHINGTON — The U.S. refining industry has not agreed to a deal reached by oil producers and railroads on improving the safety of oil tank cars, it said on Tuesday, suggesting a key piece of anticipated reforms remains unsettled. On Monday, several industry sources said the American Petroleum […]

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Older Tank Cars to Be Phased Out Under Industry Proposal

July 15, 2014 | Bloomberg | The oil industry and the railroads that haul its crude have offered U.S. regulators a joint plan to phase out a type of older tank car tied to a spate of fiery accidents, according to two people familiar with the proposal. The plan also calls for slightly thicker walls […]

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Officials: No danger from Wytheville derailment

Officials: No danger from Wytheville derailment

July 15, 2014 | News Advance | Emergency officials from multiple agencies responded to a train derailment in Wythe County on Monday evening. The derailment occurred about 6:30 p.m., beginning at the railroad line’s intersection with Grayson Turnpike in Wytheville, according to a Wytheville news release. Wythe County Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan said no one […]

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Public deserves Markell updates on oil train shipments

July 12, 2014 | Delaware Online | Trains carrying oil from the Bakken shale oil formations in the Midwest to the Delaware City Refinery have been a reality and a concern to many citizens in New Castle County for more than a year, particularly in my senatorial district. Through community meetings and legislative hearings, there’s […]

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Could the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster happen in the U.S.?

July 10, 2014 | Aljazeera America | After receiving desperate calls for help from their Canadian counterparts in Lac-Mégantic, Québec, Maine’s Fire Chief Tim Pellerin and a group of volunteer firefighters made the two-hour journey to the site of an oil train fire one year ago. The only way to describe it, Pellerin said, was […]

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