Archive for June, 2015

Oil train disaster settlement fund reaches $345 million

June 10, 2015 | Sun Herald| PORTLAND, Maine — The compensation fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has grown to $345 million with a contribution from the company that owned the shipment. World Fuel Services Corp., which was accused in a lawsuit […]

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Train derails in Commerce City

Train derails in Commerce City

June 10, 2015 | 9 News|COMMERCE CITY, CO- A freight train derailed in Commerce City Tuesday afternoon. Union Pacific said two of the eight box cars were empty and three were hauling lumber, which some had spilled out onto the road. The derailment caused at least one tanker car, hooked behind the box cars, to […]

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Bridge overpass reopened after train derailment

Bridge overpass reopened after train derailment

June 10, 2015 | Fox 23 | TULSA, Ok —Tulsa police have reopened an overpass that was closed due to a train derailment in West Tulsa. The call went out around midnight near West 23rd Street and Southwest Boulevard. Our crew on the scene says six cars derailed near the overpass. [Read the entire article […]

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BNSF Introduces New Intermodal Service Schedules in Its Northern Region

BNSF Introduces New Intermodal Service Schedules in Its Northern Region

June 10, 2015 |Business Wire| FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today announced new service schedules for its domestic intermodal customers to and from Chicago and St. Paul, Minn. to the Pacific Northwest. The new schedules are in direct response to marketplace demand and are a result of BNSF’s record capital investments along its […]

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Oil train, semi collision in St. Paul Park renews talk of rail safety

Oil train, semi collision in St. Paul Park renews talk of rail safety

June 10, 2015 | Grand Forks Herald| T. PAUL PARK, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton visited the site of an oil train-truck wreck Tuesday to press his case for more Minnesota rail safety funding. A collision between a BNSF Railway Co. crude oil train and a semi-truck in St. Paul Park Sunday reignited calls for […]

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DOT-117 defined

DOT-117 defined

June 8, 2015 | Railway Age| The wait for a new tank car specification is over. Now comes the “fun” part: Retrofits to older cars, and potentially onerous operating rules. The final spec for the now-official DOT-117 (TC-117 in Canada) non-pressurized tank car adopts the most demanding of the technical requirements first offered for comment […]

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Our view: Push for stronger oil train standards

Our view: Push for stronger oil train standards

June 4, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., came to La Crosse last week with some common-sense suggestions for improving the safety of oil shipments by rail. Given the stakes, her bill to strengthen safety regulations for oil shipments deserves approval. The senator mentioned the 4,000 percent increase in oil-by-rail shipments […]

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Rail safety advocates ask judge to pause marsh expansion

Rail safety advocates ask judge to pause marsh expansion

June 2, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune |A group of rail safety and environmental advocates is asking a judge to temporarily halt work on a second BNSF track through the La Crosse River marsh until the court decides whether the railroad’s permit is legal. With help from the nonprofit Midwest Environmental Advocates, La Crosse County […]

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Derailed tanker leaks gasoline

Derailed tanker leaks gasoline

June 1, 2015 | Commercial Appeal|It didn’t catch fire and no one was injured but a tanker car derailed Monday in Memphis, drawing a heavy response from firefighters. An unknown quantity of gasoline spilled from one of two tanker cars that partially overturned Monday entering a southeast Memphis rail yard, Memphis Fire Department spokesman Lt. […]

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Union Pacific chief threatens action on oil train brake rules

Union Pacific chief threatens action on oil train brake rules

June 1, 2015 | Financial Times| The chief executive of Union Pacific, the US’s largest rail network, has vowed legal action over a provision of new rules for oil trains that he says would cost billions of dollars and provide little benefit. The pledge from Lance Fritz threatens further delay to rules that have already […]

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