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FRA to railroads: CBR Emergency Order still stands
The Federal Railroad Administration on July 22, 2015 sent a reminder to railroads transporting crude oil that the Emergency Order issued May 7, 2014 (Docket No. DOT-OST-2014-0067) requiring them to…
Miner introduces high-performance side bearing
Miner Enterprises has introduced its newest railcar component, a long travel CCSB (constant-contact side bearing) with a wide range of applications. The bolt-on bearing, designated TCC-45 LTLP-C, features a low…
The importance of little accidents
You know the kind I mean: the ones where nobody gets hurt, nothing blows up, and nobody shows up, except you.
EIA reports rise in oil shipments from Rocky Mountain states
Based on data from the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and Petroleum Supply Monthly, the U.S. Energy Information Administration has reported that rail and pipeline shipments of crude oil from the…
CSX spotlights 2014 social responsibility initiatives
CSX Corporation (CSX) launched on July 13, 2015 its fifth annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Moving Forward, highlighting the company’s progress in 2014 toward goals related to business performance, employee…
CP, City of Vancouver discuss operating plan for Arbutus corridor
Canadian Pacific (CP) met with officials from the City of Vancouver on July 10, 2015 to discuss CP’s operating plan for the Arbutus corridor rail line.
Survey says: Complex hazmat transport regs would even “challenge Einstein”
Is complying with the multitude of regulations for the transport of hazardous materials—also known as dangerous goods (DG)—truly a challenge? According to 136 shipping executives surveyed online in April 2015…
Two CSX trains derail in Tennessee five days apart
Just five days after a CSX train car carrying acrylonitrile derailed in Maryville, Tenn. and caught on fire, four CSX train cars carrying mixed freight derailed and flipped over in…
Wayside monitoring: show me the data
Performance monitoring devices provide railroads a targeted, educated approach to maintenance or safety issues.
Metra honors winners of safety contest
Winners of the 2015 edition of Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest were honored June 17, 2015 at the June meeting of the Metra Board of Directors.
FRA and Google team up on grade crossing safety
Google has agreed to partner with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on grade crossing safety, the agency announced on June 29, 2015.
FRA prepared to levy penalties for non-PTC compliance
Positive Train Control (PTC) was again in the spotlight this week, as the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held a hearing June 24…
Whiting Passport’s AccessPoint prevents the unauthorized use of machinery
A universal access control system is being introduced to North America that radically improves safety and risk management in the U.S. logistics and transportation industry.
CP reacts to Raitt rhetoric during investigation
Canadian Pacific (CP) says it is “profoundly disappointed” with Canadian Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt’s public comments regarding an ongoing investigation into an alleged breach in safety rules. “Such…
Charges made in connection with Lac-Mégantic train derailment
Transport Canada has uncovered serious violations in connection with the horrific 2013 oil train derailment in Lac-Mégantic under the Railway Safety Act and the Fisheries Act, the department announced June…
Industry leaders converge at Rail Insights conference
Railway Age was in Chicago June 17-18 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel for its first-annual Rail Insights conference, structured as a series of conversations with industry leaders who, with Railway…
When vanishing vistas = vaporized students
High school graduation. Time for friends, family, celebration, and taking senior photos and videos. Lots of young people seek the perfect artistic backdrop: a “vanishing vista.” What better, more artistic…
Control the speed of the train. Period
The National Transportation Safety Board, in a second update of the May 12 fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, announced that it found no indication that the locomotive engineer of train…
BNSF helps suppress Spokane wildfire
A wind-driven wildfire that grew to at least 30 acres on the west side of Spokane, Wash., on June 11 was quickly knocked down by two helicopter drops, fire teams…
AAR reiterates push toward PTC
As the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held the latest in a growing collection of hearings on Positive Train Control, the Association of American Railroads reiterated its oft-repeated message that…
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