Archive for October, 2014

All big railroads required to file service reports

October 10, 2014 | Journal Star| The Surface Transportation Board announced it now will require all of the biggest railroads — called Class I railroads — to publicly file weekly service performance data to promote industry-wide transparency, accountability and improved service. BNSF Railway and Canadian National were required to file the information earlier because of […]

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Safety a focus in Pennsylvania crude oil transport

October 11, 2014 | GoErie.com | PITTSBURGH — Millions of gallons of crude oil are passing through western Pennsylvania — up to 75 trains each week on their way to refineries in the East — according to records released by state emergency management officials. A Pittsburgh Tribune-Review analysis of the records released by the Pennsylvania […]

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Railroads sue California over oil train safety rules

October 9, 2014|Times Harold| California’s two major railroad companies filed a lawsuit this week to argue that the state lacks authority to impose its own safety requirements on federally regulated crude oil train traffic. The lawsuit follows a new state law imposing regulations on the transportation of crude oil by rail in California. Union Pacific […]

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Baldwin, Franken urge action to force rail competition

Baldwin, Franken urge action to force rail competition

October 11, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune| n the wake of shipping backlogs that have stranded grain in northern Minnesota and choked coal supplies at Midwestern power plants, U.S. senators from Minnesota and Wisconsin are calling on federal regulators to foster more competition among railroads. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Al Franken, D-Minn., joined this […]

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CSX train crash offers stark reminder of rail dangers

CSX train crash offers stark reminder of rail dangers

October 10, 2014 | lohud| The CSX freight train that crashed into a car just north of Bear Mountain earlier this week served as yet another reminder of the danger on the rails. Sixteen cars on the 121-car train were carrying hazardous materials but none of them left the tracks or spilled any of their […]

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15 train cars derail near Pine Bluff

15 train cars derail near Pine Bluff

October 10, 2014 | THV11|LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — A trail derailed outside Pine Bluff in Jefferson County. According to authorities, the derailment happened around 6:30 a.m. Friday morning at Gaddy Koonce Road. They added that fifteen cars have derailed and should be cleared between Friday night and early Saturday morning. [Read the entire article […]

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Improving safety on North America’s “122-inch pipeline”

Improving safety on North America’s “122-inch pipeline”

October 9, 2014 | Railway Age| Inspections have identified that crude oil tank cars are corroding at an alarming rate. This is causing many in the industry to seek out corrosion protection solutions. If crude oil has been transported in steel tank cars for nearly 150 years, shouldn’t we know how to protect them from […]

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Repair status of railroad bridge over Coon Creek causes concern

Repair status of railroad bridge over Coon Creek causes concern

October 9, 2014 | Vernon County Broadcaster| The use of stacked timber to support a cracked railroad bridge over the Coon Creek south of Stoddard has stirred concern among area residents. In an Oct. 2 online story on, “The Daily Call,” Genoa’s Mark Taylor likened the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) bridge to a […]

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Risky Train Derailments Come as Regulators Push for New Rules

Risky Train Derailments Come as Regulators Push for New Rules

October 8, 2014 | Businessweek | Two train derailments this week—one in the U.S., one in Canada—could have been a lot worse. A train carrying petroleum products and toxic materials crashed in rural Saskatchewan on Tuesday. No one was hurt, though the crash unleashed a chemical, toxic mess as tank cars filled with hydrochloric acid […]

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Train derailment in Maspeth fuels longtime safety fears of local residents

Train derailment in Maspeth fuels longtime safety fears of local residents

October 8, 2014 | NY Daily News| A freight train derailed in Maspeth late Tuesday, spilling diesel and fueling the simmering anger of nearby residents who fear for their safety. The Long Island Rail Road locomotive on its way to Long Island City from Jamaica was traveling at a slow speed when it jumped the […]

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