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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,…
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…
A technical and commercial balancing act
For freight car truck components, total cost of ownership is far more important than initial cost.
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.
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…
NTSB Paulsboro report faults training adequacy
A National Transportation Safety Board report on a Conrail Shared Assets derailment in Paulsboro, N.J., cites several factors, including inadequate safety training for train crews, as contributing factors.
R.J. Corman acquires Roadway Worker Training
R.J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC has acquired St. Augustine, Fla.-based Roadway Worker Training, Inc. (RWT), which provides specialized training and support services to the railroad industry.
Exemptions expanded in FRA's final PTC rule
The Federal Railroad Aministration published its final rule concerning Positive Train Control (PTC) systems in the Aug. 22, 2014, Federal Register. The rule, which takes effect Oct. 21, 2014, expands…
TSB cites lax Transport Canada oversight in Lac-Mégantic disaster
Chronic laxity by Canada’s transportation regulator is identified by the country’s accident investigator as the primary underlying cause of the July 6, 2013 derailment and explosion at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, of…
DOT NPRM helps bump up freight car builder stocks
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on DOT 111 tank cars for crude oil and HHFTs (High-Hazard Flammable Trains), specifically the NPRM’s proposal for phasing out older,…
Railhead Corp. marks 50 years
Alsip, Ill.-based Railhead Corp. said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 that it is celebrating the half-century mark this month.
CSX to help fund Baltimore wall repair
CSX Transportation reportedy has agreed to pay up to $10 million to the city of Baltimore for costs related to rebuilding the 26th Street wall that collapsed last spring, spilling…
DOT crude oil NPRM: Will cooler heads prevail?
A recent call-in forum on crude by rail conducted by Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Contributing Editor Jason H. Seidl “helped affirm our view that the final version…
NS aids CBR safety training effort
Norfolk Southern Corp. said Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 it recently sponsored a crude-by-rail (CBR) emergency response class at the Association of American Railroads' Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC)…
INRD near-fatalities underscore trespassing problem
Railroads, Operation Lifesaver, and law enforcement communicate three facts on a daily basis: “Railroad tracks are private property, they are not public thoroughfares, and they are very dangerous.” Yet, despite…
Canadian police seek to block sale of ill-fated MM&A locomotive
Quebec provincial police are attempting to prevent the auction of the former Montreal, Maine & Atlantic GE C30-7 locomotive that played a key role in the July 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail…
DOT issues open-ended NPRM on CBR, other flammable fuels
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, issued a long-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) involving a new, stricter set of rules for crude-by-rail (CBR) train movements…
Wildfires damage Northwest rail lines
A series of wildfires in central and eastern Washington state, some blazing for nearly a week, have devastated entire communities and left several sections of railway damaged.
BNSF, SMART seek historic crew consist revision
A gutsy, proactive, and far-sighted collaboration between BNSF and a general committee of its largest labor union has produced a tentative agreement to allow freight trains equipped with Positive Train…
Moscow subway derailment kills 20
A Moscow subway train derailed in a tunnel about 200 yards from the Slavic Boulevard metro stop, killing 20 people and injuring at least 100 others, many critically, early Tuesday…
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