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UP grade crossing safety rate improves 27% Union Pacific’s grade crossing safety rate, which measures the total number of Federal Railroad Administration-reportable grade crossing accidents per million train-miles, improved to 1.88 in 2015’s first quarter, compared to first-quarter 2014’s 2.39, a 27% improvement.

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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...
zarembski-advising-pennsylvania-on-cbr-risk-mitigation
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
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...
industrial-railway-conference-deemed-a-huge-success
More than 170 delegates gathered on April 28-29, 2015 to listen to regulators, operators and business leaders discuss ways to collectively enhance safety within the industrial rail community. The inaugural Industrial Railway Conference, which took place in Fort Saskatchewan, Canada—part of Alberta’s...
carolina-worrell-joins-railway-age-as-managing-editor
Carolina Worrell has joined Railway Age as Managing Editor, based at Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp.’s headquarters in New York City. A graduate of City University of New York-Hunter College, Worrell honed her skills at Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction),...

carolina-worrell-joins-railway-age-as-managing-editor
Carolina Worrell has joined Railway Age as Managing Editor, based at Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp.’s headquarters in New York City. A graduate of City University of New York-Hunter College, Worrell honed her skills at Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction),...
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...
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Union Pacific’s grade crossing safety rate, which measures the total number of Federal Railroad Administration-reportable grade crossing accidents per million train-miles, improved to 1.88 in 2015’s first quarter, compared to first-quarter 2014’s 2.39, a 27% improvement. The 27% improvement, which UP...
up-achieves-record-first-quarter-employee-safety-rate
With a reportable injury rate of 0.85, Union Pacific employees achieved record first-quarter safety performance, demonstrating ongoing progress toward the company’s ultimate goal of zero incidents. Among its 48,000 employees, UP’s safety culture development led to a 23% injury rate improvement...
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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.” First of these actions is FRA’s recommendation “that only the...