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CBR accidents, hostile fires, and pollution exclusions What does it mean to call a fire hostile? For an insurance policyholder seeking coverage for a large loss involving a fire or explosion and a release of something an insurer might call a pollutant like oil, gas, or a hazardous chemical product, such as following a CBR (crude by rail) accident and fire, this can be an important question.

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The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSICTC) has named veteran railcar design and regulatory compliance and safety professional John Byrne as Vice Chairman. Byrne succeeds William Finn, who retired earlier in 2016. Byrne has spent his entire career in...
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard or read or been told how much safer rail transportation is in Europe than it is in the United States. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard how “This (collision, derailment,...
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has moved the Hudson Tunnel Project and Portal North Bridge – both critical elements of the Gateway Program in the New York City area – into the Project Development process for a New Starts...
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One of the trains involved in the June 28 head-on collision between two BNSF intermodal trains outside of Panhandle, Texas passed a red signal before the accident. This comes from the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) preliminary report of the incident,...
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Three years ago today, the people of Lac-Mégantic could never have imagined this. Contributing editor David Thomas, on the legacy of Lac-Mégantic: In the early hours of July 13, a runaway oil train exploded in the then-idyllic lakeside town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec,...

ntsb-releases-preliminary-report-on-bnsf-panhandle-collision
One of the trains involved in the June 28 head-on collision between two BNSF intermodal trains outside of Panhandle, Texas passed a red signal before the accident. This comes from the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) preliminary report of the incident,...
three-years-ago-today
Three years ago today, the people of Lac-Mégantic could never have imagined this. Contributing editor David Thomas, on the legacy of Lac-Mégantic: In the early hours of July 13, a runaway oil train exploded in the then-idyllic lakeside town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec,...
ntsb-replies-to-senators-after-oregon-crude-derailment
In a reply dated July 5, 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) responded to a letter from Oregon’s U.S. senators regarding the June 3 Union Pacific oil train derailment in Mosier, Ore. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.),...
ptc-vs-legacy-train-control-redux
The title of Larry Light’s “PTC vs. Legacy Train Control” article in the June 2016 issue of Railway Age (full text follows this article) promised a balanced discussion of the differences between newer and older versions of train control. In...
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Canadian Pacific’s Crowsnest Subdivision is busy with grain trains as prairie elevators are cleared to accept the coming harvest. CP has been pairing trains through the subdivision by giving two trains simultaneous clearance, with the on-board conductors responsible for keeping...