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WMATA's first 7000-series train to debut on Blue Line The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) system's first 7000-series metro train from Kawasaki Rail Car USA will enter passenger service April 14, on the Blue Line.
DOT-117 tank car rule debuts with controversy 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 in the notice of rulemaking: jacketed and thermally insulated shells of 9/16-inch steel, full-height half-inch-thick head shields, sturdier, re-closeable pressure relief valves and rollover protection for top fittings.
Amtrak's Oregon service under threat Amtrak's Cascades service between Portland and Eugene will end if Oregon's state legislature enacts the budget adopted by its Joint Ways and Means Committee the week of March 30, 2015 that proposes slashing funding for the daily state-backed service on the corridor.
Brookville powers Central California Traction Brookville Equipment Corp. has shipped two EPA Tier-4 BL12CG CoGeneration™ low-emissions switchers to Central California Traction (CCT) that will be utilized on the 55.9-mile Stockton Public Belt Railroad Network and the 14.9-mile Central Valley Branch, with service from Stockton, Calif., to Lodi and Sacramento, Calif.
Easy on, easy off Flexible, cost-effective, and safe, Amtrak’s innovative Mobile Passenger Scaffolding benefits passengers and work crews alike.

Breaking News

fiery-crude-oil-train-wreck-in-north-dakota
May 06, 2015
A BNSF crude oil unit train derailed near the small North Dakota town of Heimdal, at 7:30 a.m. CDT on May 6, 2015, resulting in explosions and fire. Ten cars burst into flames, forcing evacuation of the town, which in 2010...
useia-cbr-tops-50-of-supply-to-east-coast-refineries
May 06, 2015
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has determined that there has been a “huge increase” in rail deliveries of crude oil to East Coast refineries. “Monthly rail receipts of crude oil accounted for more than half (52%) of the crude oil...
vtg-unveils-europe’s-first-lng-tank-car
May 06, 2015
Hamburg, Germany-based VTG Aktiengesellschaft, a European railcar lessor and rail logistics company, has debuted what it says is the first rail tank car for transporting LNG (liquefied natural gas) in Europe. The new tank car, designed jointly by VTG and Czech...
zarembski-advising-pennsylvania-on-cbr-risk-mitigation
May 06, 2015
The State of Pennsylvania has hired Dr. Allan M. Zarembski to a three-month contract to assess the state freight rail network, which hosts 60-70 crude oil trains per week. Zarembski, an internationally recognized expert in the area of railway track and...
csx-announces-chemical-safety-excellence-awards
May 05, 2015
CSX on May 4, 2015 announced the winners of its 21st annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award, recognizing 70 customers for their commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail in 2014 

 CSX’s Chemical Safety Excellence Awards are presented...

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Blogs and More

keystone-boosters-turfed-from-office-in-bitumen’s-homeland
May 06, 2015
Prospects for the contentious Keystone XL pipeline proposed to connect Alberta’s northern tar sands with U.S. Gulf Coast refiners has endured another brutal body check, this time from the home team. The province’s brand-new, left-leaning government elected May 5 says it will cease its predecessor’s...
dan-elliott’s-stb-renomination-hearing-may-6
April 30, 2015
Former Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Dan Elliott, whose renomination to a second five-year term has been on ice since November, will have a Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing May 6, but will remain estranged from the agency unless and until the entire Senate acts...
fra-freezes-on-tank-car-sloshing-doe-oil-volatility-bombshell-drops-like-a-dud
April 29, 2015
How crude oil sloshing inside moving tank cars affects train stability was under close scrutiny by the Federal Railroad Administration, the regulator’s Acting Administrator told reporters back on March 13. That was after a string of mid-winter oil train disasters exposed the prevailing focus on...
dot-“suggests”-and-fra-“recommends”
April 23, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation circulated a press release detailing actions taken to “address some of the issues identified in recent train accidents involving crude oil and ethanol shipped by rail.”
amtrak-pen-trumps-freedom-of-information-act-sword
April 06, 2015
John Mica, the Republican pol from Florida, alleges something fishy with Amtrak’s hamburger prices. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito have a beef that Amtrak’s president is chosen by a board of directors rather than facing Senate confirmation.