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Passing the acid test
At a time when affordable tank car safety upgrades are a high-visibility issue, the supply industry is busy tackling the problem. Here’s a case study.
OLI names 11 for safety campaign grants
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2014 announced the names of 11 transit agencies sharing $162,500 in grant funding for public awareness and safety education projects across the U.S. The local transit agencies and state Operation Lifesaver programs will...
Seattle chides BNSF on tunnel safety
Seattle emergency officials are urging BNSF Railway to improve safety procedures related to a tunnel within the city now used for increasing amount of crude-by-rail (CBR) traffic. The city's Office of Emergency Management and its Fire Department issued an eight-page letter...
So, you want to know my opinion?
Somebody asked me my opinion, and you know how dangerous that can be... After the Federal Railroad Administration announced its proposed rule-making on mandatory train crew size; after BNSF and SMART announced a tentative agreement on single-person operating crews for certain...
UP says its cops are tops
Union Pacific’s Police and Security team recently earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), “joining a prominent group recognized for complying with the highest law enforcement standards,” the railroad announced on Sept. 11, 2014. “To...
CSX launches Operation Respond
As part of an ongoing focus on community emergency preparedness and training, CSX is introducing “CSX Operation Respond,” a new mobile information system that it says “will enhance first responders’ ability to access train and cargo information in real time...
Rockefeller’s last stand; RSIA Déjà vu, Volume Two; PRIIA Redux
Congress is about to adjourn for its single-most-important function these days as mid-term elections loom: getting re-elected. That means it’s time to get down to some serious last-minute, constituent-coddling activities, like proposing legislation beating down the big, bad, monopolistic freight...
CBR liability: A trial lawyer’s perspective
At an increasingly rapid rate, the surge in crude by rail during the past few years has spawned significant litigation risk for a broadening group of “target defendants.” That’s why it’s important for all entities involved in CBR to be...
A technical and commercial balancing act
For freight car truck components, total cost of ownership is far more important than initial cost. Seventy-one and one-half tons (143,000 pounds) is the average static load that a freight car truck experiences in typical North American heavy-haul operation. When traveling...
Passing the acid test
At a time when affordable tank car safety upgrades are a high-visibility issue, the supply industry is busy tackling the problem. Here’s a case study. In chemical manufacturing, hazardous commodities need to be safely handled along the production and supply chain....
North Dakota seizes initiative in CBR degasification
The vital other shoe in crude by rail reform will drop not in Ottawa or Washington, but in Bismark, N.Dak., where, in the void created by federal inaction, officials are preparing to use state jurisdiction over natural resources to order...
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