Archive for April, 2015

No cause yet announced in train derailment

No cause yet announced in train derailment

April 10, 2015 | The East Oregonian | Union Pacific Railroad is still looking into what caused a train hauling hazardous materials to derail March 2 in a remote and forested area of the Blue Mountains near Meacham. A total of 10 cars jumped the tracks in a narrow, steep-sloped canyon where the tracks run […]

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Citizens group launches campaign for safer railroads

Citizens group launches campaign for safer railroads

April 6, 2015 | The Journal | Rail yards can be challenging neighbors. Gayle Bonneville, a resident of Waite Park in Northeast Minneapolis, knows this firsthand. She lives near Shoreham Yards and has been coping with life near trains for years. She has served on an a citizen’s advisory group working on redevelopment ideas for […]

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Metrolink hopes to have service restored Thursday after train derailment

Metrolink hopes to have service restored Thursday after train derailment

April 9, 2015 | OC Register | Metrolink officials said Wednesday following a derailment that they hoped to have regular service restored by Thursday. By Wednesday afternoon, several commuter lines that had been canceled were restored, but with delays, because trains going both directions were sharing a single track, said Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson. [Read […]

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Fruit shipper sues BNSF railroad

Fruit shipper sues BNSF railroad

April 9, 2015 | The Spokesman-Review| A Quincy, Washington, company that shipped fresh fruit to the Midwest is suing BNSF Railway Co., saying the railroad canceled the company’s 72-hour service to Chicago to concentrate on higher profit oil and coal shipments. In a federal lawsuit filed in Spokane this week, Cold Train executives said the loss […]

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Native American tribe sues BNSF over Washington oil train traffic

April 7, 2015 | Reuters | A Native American community in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] to prevent trains carrying crude oil from using tracks on reservation land, saying the transport violates a long-standing agreement. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community says BNSF has been using tracks that cross […]

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Public Works tables BNSF noise exemption until June

Public Works tables BNSF noise exemption until June

April 7, 2015 | News 8000|LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A request from BNSF Railway for an exemption for construction noise is being referred until this summer. Some residents in the area of the track construction in La Crosse are complaining about the amount of construction noise. The city has an ordinance that says all […]

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Fewer Oil Trains Ply America’s Rails

Fewer Oil Trains Ply America’s Rails

April 7, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal | The growth in oil-train shipments fueled by the U.S. energy boom has stalled in recent months, dampened by safety problems and low crude prices. The number of train cars carrying crude and other petroleum products peaked last fall, according to data from the Association of American […]

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NTSB: Equip oil trains with fire protection within 5 years

NTSB: Equip oil trains with fire protection within 5 years

April 6, 2015 | McClatchy DC|The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday called for the nation’s fleet of railroad tank cars hauling crude oil and ethanol to be equipped with fire protection within five years in an effort to eliminate the large explosions associated with recent accidents. [Read the entire article here.]

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This Animated Map Shows How Moving Oil by Rail Exploded in the Last 5 Years

This Animated Map Shows How Moving Oil by Rail Exploded in the Last 5 Years

April 6, 2015 | Bloomberg Business | America’s oil boom has unearthed new supplies of crude so fast that the nation’s system of pipelines hasn’t been able to keep up. And so an industry is born: Crude by rail. The animated map below shows the remarkable rise of trains that ship oil to refineries across the country. There was a 50-fold […]

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Chicago at heart of crude oil shipments, data show

Chicago at heart of crude oil shipments, data show

April 6, 2015 | Chicago Tribune| More highly volatile crude oil passes through the Midwest, specifically the Chicago area, via railroad tank cars than anywhere else in the country, according to newly released data from the federal government. The latest information on crude-oil-by-rail movements, the government’s first accounting of such shipments, showed that 437,000 barrels […]

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