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Operation Safe Delivery: Enhancing the Safe Transport of Flammable Liquids

Operation Safe Delivery: Enhancing the Safe Transport of Flammable Liquids

January 21, 2014 | PHMSA |In response to recent accidents involving crude oil shipments by rail in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has issued a “Call to Action,” calling on rail company executives, associations, shippers, and others to discuss how stakeholders can prevent or mitigate the consequences of rail accidents that involve […]

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More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades

January 19, 2014 | MSN.com |WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows. Including major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, more than 1.15 million gallons […]

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Beach airs issues with new oil transload

Beach airs issues with new oil transload

January 21, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | BEACH — Beach residents were up bright and early Tuesday to hear a development company’s plans for an oil loading railport just west of town. The plan is to start with an inbound-outbound freight facility and expand to an oil loadout for 110-car unit trains within three to […]

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Video: Train Derails on Bridge Over Schuylkill River

Video: Train Derails on Bridge Over Schuylkill River

January 20, 2014 | Philadelphia, PA | NBC News | CNX train derails over the Schuylkill River. DOT-111 tanker car carrying crude oil is precariously leaning against the side of the bridge. [Video of Derailed DOT-111 tanker car.]

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Train derailment in Caledonia

Train derailment in Caledonia

January 19, 2014 |  WTMJ | Caledonia – A train has derailed early Sunday morning in Caledonia.  The Calidonia Police Department reported it happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. east of 5-Mile Road and Nicholson Road. A spokesperson for Union Pacific told TODAY’S TMJ4 the train had three locomotives and 135 cars carrying coal. Nineteen of […]

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Hundreds rally for oil train protest

Hundreds rally for oil train protest

January 19, 2014 | KIRO – Seattle | Hundreds of people gathered Sunday to protest against oil trains.

Derailment Probability Analyses and Modeling of Mainline Freight Trains

Written by ROBERT T. ANDERSON CHRISTOPHER P.L. BARKAN Railroad Engineering Program Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The probability of derailment for a single train is largely a function of track class, distance traveled, and train length. While a shorter train will have a lower probability of derailment, shipments of […]

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N.D. political leaders question BNSF on rail safety

January 18, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | FARGO — North Dakota’s two senators took turns peppering two BNSF executives Saturday on the railroad company’s plans to prevent another train derailment like last month’s crash and fire near Casselton. The Dec. 30, 2013, collision that happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed and caused a train […]

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Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

January 17, 2014 | National Geographic | U.S. officials are weighing a wide range of actions to address what they view as the increasing public risk due to oil trains. Thanks to the booming oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, and the ramp-up of ethanol production throughout the Midwest, U.S. railways now are carrying […]

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Illinois Village Leads Charge for Tougher Oil Train Rules

Illinois Village Leads Charge for Tougher Oil Train Rules

January 17, 2014 | National Geographic |When a freight train rolls through Barrington, Illinois, gates with flashing lights lower to block all four of the village’s cross-town thoroughfares—often at the same time. It happens 20 times a day. [Read entire article here.]

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