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Maine House rep introduces two-person-crew bill
Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Me.) on Aug. 2, 2013 introduced “The Safe Freight Act,” a bill requiring a minimum of two-person crews for freight trains. Fellow Maine Democrat Rep. Chellie Pingree…
Rethinking railroad safety and efficiency
An innovative project on Egyptian National Railways is an example of how small railroads can install PTC at a low cost.
FRA issues Emergency Order, Safety Advisory in Lac-Mégantic's wake
The Federal Railroad Administration issued an Emergency Order (EO 28, Notice No. 1, 49 CFR 232.103[n]) and Safety Advisory (2013-06) Friday evening, Aug. 2, 2013, “to help prevent trains operating…
My summer of '68 (or: How a string of tank cars almost killed me!)
Those of you who know me well know that I was a brakeman on the Penn Central Railroad while in college. That was 45 years ago, but the recent crude-by-rail…
David Ragan and CSX: Safe race at Indy. Perhaps TOO safe?
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Ragan and the CSX Ford Fusion brought the railroad’s “Play It Safe” safety message to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 28. The campaign efforts…
Maine weighs options for MM&A traffic
As speculation rises over the future of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MM&A) following the July 6, 2013 derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, officials in Maine are pondering options for…
David Ragan, CSX set to Play It Safe at Indianapolis
CSX and Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan will take to the famed Brickyard to remind fans to “Play It Safe” around railroad tracks. CSX is the primary sponsor of…
Investigators search MM&A Quebec office
Quebec provincial police officials, investigating the fatal train incident in Lac-Mégantic, Que., July 6, arrived with a warrant at the Farnham, Que., offices of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway…
A turning point for crude by rail?
After my most recent blog on the CBR (crude by rail) disaster in Canada, I fielded a lot of questions that, while they were often worded differently, all ended up…
Death toll at 80 in Spanish derailment
A Renfe class 730 train derailed on July 24, 2013, on the approach to Santiago de Compostela leaving more than 70 dead and dozens injured. The train left the tracks…
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