Archive for December, 2014

Craig Rasmussen: BNSF invests heavily in infrastructure

December 23, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | BNSF Railway has every interest in preventing incidents and maintaining our infrastructure so we can operate safely in Wisconsin. Like inspections of our track, we inspect our bridges and maintain them to ensure continued safe operation of trains. The Federal Railroad Administration, as the federal regulator of […]

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Driver walks away from oil train crash

December 22, 2014 | The Chief News |  A teenaged driver walked away after the car he was driving collided with an empty oil train early Monday morning. The accident happened on Rosewood Lane and Highway 30 just north of Scappoose at about 12:23 a.m. Dec. 22. According to Sheriff Jeff Dickerson, a 17-year-old male […]

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North American freight rail gains continue

North American freight rail gains continue

December 20, 2014 | U.S. freight carload traffic rose a substantial 12.1% measured against the comparable week in 2013, while U.S. intermodal volume rose a respectable 4.5%. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic move up 8.4% for the week. [Read the entire article here.]

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Rail congestion from oil boom blamed for high electricity costs

December 19, 2014 | The Hill | Analysts are blaming railroads’ newfound congestion from the oil boom for difficulties in moving coal, leading to higher electricity costs. Utilities that use coal say that railroads dealing with oil from places like North Dakota and Texas do not have the capacity to bring them coal, Bloomberg News […]

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BNSF crews deal with Tuesday morning train derailment

BNSF crews deal with Tuesday morning train derailment

December 16, 2014 | KOTA| SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. –Crews with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad spent the morning clearing up a train derailment that occurred in Scottsbluff late last night. [Read the entire article here.]

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Schumer urges feds to move faster on oil-train safety

Schumer urges feds to move faster on oil-train safety

December 17, 2014 | recordonline.com| Sen. Charles Schumer on Wednesday pushed federal agencies to expedite long-awaited regulations over the rail transportation of volatile crude oil. The issue ranks high among Hudson Valley environmentalists because 100-car oil trains regularly traverse the region. They rumble through populated areas, including Kingston and Newburgh, as well as near the Hudson River and […]

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‘Unprecedented’ flood to blame for Bonnybrook Bridge failure, train derailment in June 2013: report

‘Unprecedented’ flood to blame for Bonnybrook Bridge failure, train derailment in June 2013: report

December 17, 2014 | Calgary Herald| After blasting the federal government and Canadian Pacific in a train derailment and partial bridge collapse in Calgary last year, Mayor Naheed Nenshi is welcoming a report released Wednesday that blamed unprecedented flood water for the incident. An investigation and report by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada indicated the Bonnybrook […]

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No hazardous materials leaked in Conway train derailment

December 17, 2014 | Times Online|  CONWAY — A train derailment Tuesday evening did not cause any hazardous materials to leak from the cars, a railroad official said. The derailment happened about 5:15 p.m. at the Norfolk Southern rail yard in Conway, said Dave Pidgeon, a spokesman for the railroad. [Read the entire article here.]

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City makes planning for train derailment a top priority

City makes planning for train derailment a top priority

December 17, 2014 | Clayton County Register | By Molly Moser In response to the July 2008 derailment just outside of Guttenberg, the Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad (a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railroad) agreed last week to pay $625,000 to settle a civil complaint filed by the state of Iowa and the U.S. Fish […]

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Oil train rail inspection finds “critical” defects on North Country track

Oil train rail inspection finds “critical” defects on North Country track

December 15, 2014 | NCPR | State officials inspecting the Canadian Pacific main rail line between Albany and the Canadian border found two “critical defects” and more than two dozen additional non-critical problems. The survey was done earlier this month, according to a release issued today by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. It was part […]

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