Archive for March, 2016

Traffic continues downward trend

Traffic continues downward trend

March 27, 2016 | Railway Age| Freight traffic, at least at this point, isn’t showing signs of improvement. For the week ending March 19, 2016, carloads and intermodal units both took a big hit, dropping 17.2% and nearly 10.7%, respectively, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on March 23. Three of the 10 carload […]

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Dayton Stresses Statewide Rail Safety in Visit to Recent Train Derailment Site in Callaway

Dayton Stresses Statewide Rail Safety in Visit to Recent Train Derailment Site in Callaway

March 26, 2016 | KSTP | On Saturday, Governor Mark Dayton toured the small town of Callaway. That’s where a train derailment caused an evacuation for nearly 24 hours this week. A preliminary investigation shows a propane tanker truck pulled out in front of a Canadian Pacific train in Callaway, causing a crash that evacuated […]

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Three Minnesota towns seek millions of dollars in rail safety projects

March 24, 2016 | Duluth News Tribune | ST. PAUL – Separating streets from railroads that carry oil trains could save lives in Minnesota communities, a House committee heard Thursday. Moorhead, Red Wing and Coon Rapids leaders argued for millions of dollars their communities would use to build bridges so busy railroad crossings would not […]

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Train Derails in Callaway after Crash with Propane Truck, Town Evacuated

Train Derails in Callaway after Crash with Propane Truck, Town Evacuated

March 24, 2016 | KSTP |A uthorities are responding to a train derailment in Callaway, Minnesota. The derailment was due to a crash between a Canadian Pacific train and a propane truck, officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation say. It was reported at 12:25 p.m. The Minnesota State Patrol says the tanker is currently […]

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Proposed railway through Yukon and Alaska ready for oil train feasibility study

Proposed railway through Yukon and Alaska ready for oil train feasibility study

March 22, 2016 | CBC News | A proposed northern railway that would carry petroleum products from Fort McMurray, Alta., to an Alaskan port is projected to cost at least $28 billion, according to a recently released pre-feasibility study. The line would run past Watson Lake, Ross River and Carmacks before continuing through central Yukon to Alaska. [Read […]

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Feed Truck Shifted Track Before Kansas Amtrak Derailment

March 18, 2016 | Claims Journal| A truck used to deliver feed to a business where cattle are fattened hit a train track and shifted it at least a foot before an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas and injured at least 32 people, an investigator said Tuesday. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Oil Trains Carry Bigger Risks For People Of Color

Oil Trains Carry Bigger Risks For People Of Color

March 14, 2016 | NPR – WESA|A rash of oil train derailments, spills and explosions in recent years has put a spotlight on the silent risks of transporting fossil fuels. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians live within the likely evacuation zone of a potential oil train accident. But according to a new study from […]

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29 people taken to hospitals after Kansas train derailment

29 people taken to hospitals after Kansas train derailment

March 14, 2016 | Tucson News | CIMARRON, Kan. (AP) – At least 29 people have been taken to hospitals after an Amtrak passenger train derailed in rural southwest Kansas early Monday, authorities said. The train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it derailed just after midnight about 20 miles west of Dodge […]

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Broken track blamed for freight-train derailment in Howell

Broken track blamed for freight-train derailment in Howell

March 14, 2016 | Click on Detroit | HOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. – An official says a broken section of track is responsible for a freight-train derailment in southeastern Michigan that forced about two dozen empty grain cars off the tracks. No one was injured when the train derailed Sunday morning in Livingston County’s Howell Township. […]

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Shelburne And Vermont Railway Battle In Court, And Court Of Public Opinion

Shelburne And Vermont Railway Battle In Court, And Court Of Public Opinion

March 9, 2016 | VPR | The Town of Shelburne and Vermont Railway issued two very different press releases Monday about the same court decision. Both sides claimed victory on what was essentially a non-decision. And in an email to the press, the chairman of the Shelburne Select Board accused Vermont Railway of lying. At […]

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