Safety

Siemens Rail Systems and Cummins jointly announced a partnership on Dec. 3, 2013 that they said "will bring one of the most modern and efficient passenger rail, diesel-electric locomotives in…
Four people were killed and 63 were injured, 11 critically, when a seven-car Metro-North train derailed on a curve and rolled over at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. The…
CN has announced a program to acquire additional monitoring equipment to enhance its strong technological base for early detection of defects.
Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-N.J.) has introduced a bill calling for independent oversight of railroads and particularly railroad infrastructure, arguing that U.S. freight railroads aren't pursuing adequate safety measures.
Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, issued a directive that requires railroads to provide annual information to municipalities on the volume and nature of hazmat being…
William “Bill” Barringer, director of grade crossing safety at Norfolk Southern, has been named chairman of Operation Lifesaver's 14-member board of directors. Barringer succeeds Cliff Stayton, director of hazardous materials…
A 90-car Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway CBR (crude by rail) train derailed and exploded in a rural area of western Alabama early on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, leaving 26…
The Association of American Railroads has awarded its highest honor for environmental professionals, the 2013 North American Environmental Employee Excellence Award, to CSX Manager of Environmental Remediation Matthew Adkins.
CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau, in a speech delivered Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce International Trade Day, said that Canadian railways have a solid…
Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo accepted Railway Age’s W. Graham Claytor Award for Distinguished Service to Passenger Transportation at the 20th Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference in Washington,…
Thirteen cars on a CN train moving oil and propane through Alberta have derailed, with one car exploding and others nearby catching fire last Saturday, with a "controlled burn" still…
The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended "urgent" safety upgrades for Los Angeles' Angels Flight funicular, saying the incline lacks suitable evacuation options.
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad last week suffered damage to a locomotive, at rest in Lake Placid, N.Y., that appears to be of malicious intent.
The lead locomotive of a BNSF freight consist was struck at least 15 times by gunfire from an automobile pacing the train last month in central Washington state, roughly midway…
New York's Metropolitan Transporation Authority has appointed six people to a Blue Ribbon Panel to study the causes of rail accidents and incidents, including the major derailment last May on…
A double-decker OC Transpo bus struck a VIA Rail Canada passenger train at a fully protected grade crossing with functioning gates, lights, and bells in Ottawa, Wednesday morning, Sept. 18,…
Alaska Railroad Corp. said Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, that nine flatcars loaded with pipe separated and rolled away during a switching operation at the southeast end of its Fairbanks Rail…
Quebec provincial law enforcement could begin making arrests soon due to the July 6 derailment and explosion of a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MMA) train in Lac-Megantic.
Programs to evaluate LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a locomotive fuel are expanding throughout the rail industry, led by such stakeholders as GE Transportation, Electro-Motive Diesel, BNSF, Union Pacific, CN,…
One of two funicular cars used on Los Angeles's resurrected Angels Flight derailed Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, after an electrical circuit was disrupted and the car's emergency brake engaged, lifting…
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