Archive for January, 2015

Federal Court Order: Explosive DOT-111 “Bomb Train” Oil Tank Cars Can Continue to Roll

Federal Court Order: Explosive DOT-111 “Bomb Train” Oil Tank Cars Can Continue to Roll

January 26, 2015 | commondreams.org|A U.S. federal court has ordered a halt in proceedings until May in a case centering around oil-by-rail tankers pitting the Sierra Club and ForestEthics against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). As a result, potentially explosive DOT-111 oil tank cars, dubbed “bomb trains” by activists, can continue to roll through towns and cities across the U.S.indefinitely. [Read the entire article here.]

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Freight car backlog grows 75%

Freight car backlog grows 75%

January 26, 2015 | Railway Age|The backlog of freight cars grew by about 75% in 2014, according to fourth-quarter reporting statistics compiled by the Railway Supply Institute American Railway Car Institute (ARCI) Committee. As of Dec. 31, 2014, the backlog stood at 142,837 units, compared to 81,927 units at the end of 2014’s first quarter. […]

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Cuomo looks to boost oil spill fund cap

Cuomo looks to boost oil spill fund cap

January 25, 2015 | Amid a boom in oil trains rattling along rails in the Capital Region and statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the cap on the state’s oil spill fund from $25 million to $40 million. [Read the entire article here.]  

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BNSF announces expansion plans in Dickinson

Bismark Tribune | January 25, 2015| DICKINSON — Burlington Northern Santa Fe is planning on expanding its railway facilities in Dickinson, one of a number of major capital projects the company has set for this year. The railway announced last week numerous expansion projects across its north, south and central regions, including $700 million in […]

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Crews Respond to Train Derailment at CSX Railyard in Selkirk

January 22, 2015 | TWC News| SELKIRK, N.Y. — Crews are on the scene of a train derailment at the CSX Railyard in Selkirk. Two remote controlled engines sideswiped each other and both came off the tracks around 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to officials. They say one car tipped over, and lost fuel from a […]

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No leaks or injuries in downtown Winnipeg train derailment

No leaks or injuries in downtown Winnipeg train derailment

January 22, 2015 | CBC| A train derailment tied up traffic in downtown Winnipeg during the Wednesday afternoon rush hour, but nothing leaked and no one was injured, according to CN Rail. CN confirmed that nine cars from a westbound train derailed on the railway’s main line at about 4:40 p.m. CT. [Read the entire […]

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Train cars hauling Frac Sand derail in Uniontown

Train cars hauling Frac Sand derail in Uniontown

January 22, 2015 | WTAE| UNIONTOWN, Pa. —Ten freight cars hauling sand have derailed in a southwestern Pennsylvania town, closing down nearby roads. Uniontown police say there were minor injuries reported in the derailment about 7:40 a.m. Thursday, but offered no details. [Read the entire article here.]

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BNSF expanding Bakken rail capacity

BNSF expanding Bakken rail capacity

January 21, 2015 | The Bakken Magazine| Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company recently announced its 2015 capital projects, revealing plans of investing roughly $1.5 billion across eight states for engineering and expansion projects. BNSF’s North Region has experienced the most rapid growth in recent years and is a destination point for materials that support […]

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Corps called on to study BNSF line

January 20,2015 | The La Crosse Tribune | U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin on Tuesday to formally request the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers do an environmental study on the potential effects a second BNSF Railway line through La Crosse would have on the city and La Crosse […]

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BNSF adds oil trains, changes route in Nebraska

BNSF adds oil trains, changes route in Nebraska

January 18, 2015 | Journal Star | BNSF Railway more than tripled the number of trains it moved through Nebraska with a million gallons of oil or more aboard late last year and has changed its route to bypass Lincoln, at least for some trains. [Read the entire article here.]

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