Archive for October, 2015

Goodview pitches train quiet zone to state lawmakers

Goodview pitches train quiet zone to state lawmakers

October 28, 2015 | Winona Daily News | Goodview’s leaders took the city’s long-desired whistle-free train zone plan directly to the state Tuesday, when the Senate’s Capital Investment Committee visited the area to look at projects the Legislature will consider funding in 2016. Like the House’s Capital Investment Committee, which visited earlier this fall, the […]

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NYS announces latest oil train safety checks

October 28, 2015 | Times Union | Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced  another round of targeted crude oil tank car and rail inspections that examined 235 crude oil tank cars, approximately 195 miles of track and 72 switches. State and federal safety inspectors found six so-called “critical defects,” which required immediate repair, and another 80 […]

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8 train cars hauling coal derail in Brownsville, PA

8 train cars hauling coal derail in Brownsville, PA

October 28, 2015 | Trib Live| Living next to railroad tracks on Water Street in Brownsville, Stephanie Orris is accustomed to the screeching wheels and rumble of passing rail cars. But she knew something was wrong Tuesday morning when a loud boom sent her husky-shepherd mix, Roxie, scampering indoors from the backyard. [Read the entire […]

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Deadline for train safety technology undercut by industry lobbying

Deadline for train safety technology undercut by industry lobbying

October 28, 2015 | The Washington Post | Until a train barreled off the tracks at 9:26 p.m. on May 12, it had been business as usual on Capitol Hill. Among the bills quietly making their way toward a final vote was one that would postpone by several years a multibillion- dollar safety-enhancement deadline facing the railroad […]

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Idling trains in Oswego leave neighbors awake

Idling trains in Oswego leave neighbors awake

October 25, 2015 | Kendall County Now| Oswego resident Dave Givens said he understands living next to train tracks that locomotives will occasionally rumble by his home but he said Illinois Railway, the company that owns the tracks, is being a bad neighbor when they let trains idle in the middle of the night on […]

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Oil train activists gather in Albany

Oil train activists gather in Albany

October 24, 2015 | TimesUnion| In the more than two years since a crude oil train derailed and exploded in the small Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, Marilaine Savard has spent her days fighting. The explosions killed 47 people. Five bodies couldn’t be found. Some speculate they were vaporized in the explosions that day. More than […]

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Union Pacific freight train derails in Texas on flooded tracks

Union Pacific freight train derails in Texas on flooded tracks

October 24, 2015 | Reuters |  A Union Pacific freight train carrying cement derailed in Texas on Saturday as flood waters covered the tracks about 55 miles (90 km) south of Dallas, putting locomotives and some of its rail cars on their side, according to a company spokesman and TV footage. The two crew members […]

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Few Railroads On Track To Meet End-Of-Year Safety Deadline

Few Railroads On Track To Meet End-Of-Year Safety Deadline

October 23, 2015 | NPR | Railroads warn they may have to shut down unless Congress extends an end-of-the-year deadline to install new safety equipment called Positive Train Control. PTC is a complex system that monitors a train’s location and speed, then automatically slows down or stops a locomotive if the engineer doesn’t respond to […]

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Railcar orders show biggest drop since 1980s

Railcar orders show biggest drop since 1980s

October 20, 2015 | Fuelfix | North American railcar orders plummeted the most in at least 27 years as railroads shipped less oil and sand used for drilling, adding to concern over a U.S. industrial production slowdown. Third-quarter orders for new freight cars plunged 83 percent from a year earlier to 7,374, according to the […]

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Tesoro places its bet on a new, West Coast oil terminal

October 18,2015 | CNBC| Even as U.S. crude prices remain stuck below $50 a barrel, one energy company is betting big on an oil project that could transform energy infrastructure on the West Coast. Tesoro is looking to develop a 42-acre site at Washington’s Port of Vancouver into one of the largest crude-by-rail facilities in […]

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