Archive for April, 2015

State official: CSX was planning to replace track before Lynchburg derailment

State official: CSX was planning to replace track before Lynchburg derailment

April 30, 2015 | newsadvance.com |  CSX was planning to replace a section of its Lynchburg track after a high-tech inspection discovered a defect one day before the downtown derailment, according to a state official. Massoud Tahamtani, director of the State Corporation Commission’s rail safety division, said the new piece of track was on-site the […]

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BNSF to reduce hiring, impose furloughs

April 30, 2015 | Omaha.com |  BNSF Railway, employer of about 5,000 Nebraskans, said Wednesday it plans to reduce hiring and to place an unspecified number of workers on furloughs. The Texas-based freight railroad, owned by Omaha’s Berkshire Hathaway, has seen freight-hauling demand lag forecasts, spokeswoman Roxanne Butler said. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Oil by rail, a Canadian perspective

Oil by rail, a Canadian perspective

April 29, 2015 | Bismark Tribune | When it comes to the public, the topic of oil by rail knows no governmental boundaries: It’s a heated issue and it doesn’t matter if it’s in Canada or the United States. It’s emotional because it involves human health and safety. A 2013 Lac-Megantic, Quebec, train derailment with […]

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What’s being carried on Milwaukee trains? Government says info is private

What’s being carried on Milwaukee trains? Government says info is private

April 29, 2015 | WISN | MILWAUKEE —WISN 12 News first investigated the large amount of crude oil passing through Milwaukee. It now has city leaders talking about how to keep everyone safe. Residents, and the Milwaukee Public Works Committee, had questions for the state’s railroad commissioner on Wednesday. “How many inspectors are out there […]

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U.S., Canada will have oil train safety plan Friday -sources

April 29, 2015 | Reuters | The top U.S. and Canadian transportation officials will meet in Washington on Friday to outline a cross-border oil train safety plan, a sign the two governments may have harmonized efforts for tougher cars and other measures to curb fiery derailments, said industry and government officials familiar with the proposal. […]

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Train derailment holds up South Shore Line trains

Train derailment holds up South Shore Line trains

April 28, 2015| WLS TV News| A freight train derailed on the city’s Far South Side, affecting commuter train service between Chicago and northwest Indiana Monday night. Three cars of a freight train derailed near a junction at 155th Street, holding up passenger service on the South Shore Line, transit officials said. [Read the entire […]

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BNSF gets final permit for second rail line through La Crosse marsh

April 28, 2015 | News 8000| The US Army Corps of Engineers gave the okay to BNSF railroad to dredge and fill material into more than 7 acres of wetlands in La Crosse’s marsh. That also includes about point one acres of the La Crosses River. [Read the entire article here.]

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Feds show records on fiery ND oil train wreck

April 28, 2015 | Capital Journal | Federal investigators have released hundreds of pages of records that offer new insight into the moments just before and after a 2013 oil train derailment near Casselton, North Dakota, 20 miles west of  Fargo, that created a massive fire and forced 1,400 people to evacuate for several days. […]

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Railroad union urges tougher safety standards to help prevent oil train derailments

April 26, 2015|Daily Journal| PHILADELPHIA — Union officials say tougher inspection and maintenance standards for railroad tracks could help prevent dangerous derailments of trains carrying crude oil. While lawmakers and regulators focus on the strength of oil tank cars and volatility of crude oil, officials of the rail inspectors’ union say track flaws and train […]

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As oil tanker trains rumble through cities, concerns grow

As oil tanker trains rumble through cities, concerns grow

April 26, 2015 | Milwaukee Sentinel| Once, sometimes twice, a week, Terry Hess stands alone with his blue-lettered sign, facing Goliath-sized trains that run east and west on the Canadian Pacific tracks a few yards south of State St. in Wauwatosa. The sign, which hangs from his neck, says: “Stop the oil ‘bomb’ trains!” [Read […]

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