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FRA freezes on tank car sloshing; DOE oil volatility bombshell drops like a dud
How crude oil sloshing inside moving tank cars affects train stability was under close scrutiny by the Federal Railroad Administration, the regulator’s Acting Administrator told reporters back on March 13.…
UP grade crossing safety rate improves 27%
Union Pacific’s grade crossing safety rate, which measures the total number of Federal Railroad Administration-reportable grade crossing accidents per million train-miles, improved to 1.88 in 2015’s first quarter, compared to…
UP achieves record first-quarter employee safety rate
With a reportable injury rate of 0.85, Union Pacific employees achieved record first-quarter safety performance, demonstrating ongoing progress toward the company’s ultimate goal of zero incidents.
DOT “suggests” and FRA “recommends”
The U.S. Department of Transportation circulated a press release detailing actions taken to “address some of the issues identified in recent train accidents involving crude oil and ethanol shipped by…
Another PTC extension bill enters the fray
Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) (collectively called “Schumenthal” by some critics—Editor) have introduced their version of a Positive Train Control (PTC) extension bill that joins a similar…
FRA, PHMSA pile on the paperwork
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on April 17, 2015 issued what they describe as “a package of targeted actions that will address…
STB issues Tongue River Railroad Draft EIS
The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for public review and comment of Tongue River Railroad Company’s (TRRC)…
RBMN hires V.P. Transportation & Safety
Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern (RBMN) Railroad appointed Thomas Cook as Vice President Transportation and Safety, the company announced on April 13, 2015.
FRA awards $21.2 million in grants
The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded eight grants totaling more than $21.2 million for projects involving grade crossing safety, Positive Train Control implementation and passenger rail.
Metra, unions implementing a C3RS
Management and transportation unions at Chicago’s Metra regional/commuter rail system have entered into an agreement to create a Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) designed “to proactively address safety issues…
All Aboard Florida selects GE for signaling, PTC
All Aboard Florida (AAF) has selected GE Transportation Gobal Signaling Solutions to design and manufacture signaling, grade crossing and related Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment for its 235-mile higher-speed passenger…
2014 safest year on record
The most recent safety statistics released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in April show that 2014 was the safest year on record for train operations in the United States,…
BNSF recognizes employees for outstanding achievement
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) recognized a group of its employees, April 13, 2015, for their outstanding achievements in 2014 at its annual Employees of the Year event, which took place…
How do your couplers measure up?
Digital gages, though accurate, have their limitations. Here’s how Transportation Technology Center, Inc. is applying tried and true mechanical methods.
All tied up
All indicators are pointing to a vibrant crosstie market across all segments: wood, concrete, steel, and composite. The freight railroads’ estimated $29 billion in 2015 capital expenditures is one driving…
NTSB wants all tanks in a blanket
Proponents of current plans to renew the continent’s crude oil tank car fleet arrived at work April 7 to find another embarrassing egg laid at their doorstep, and not by…
Greenbrier reports record second quarter
The Greenbrier Companies Inc. (GBRX), Lake Oswego, Ore., released its financial results April 7, 2015, for its second fiscal quarter, which ended on Feb. 28, 2015.
WMATA's first 7000-series train to debut on Blue Line
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) system's first 7000-series metro train from Kawasaki Rail Car USA will enter passenger service April 14, on the Blue Line.
ASLRRA 2014 Safety Awards
The American Short Line Rail and Regional Association (ASLRRA) has announced the winners of its 2014 Safety Awards, including Safety Person of the Year, Safety Professional of the Year, Most…
Uncertainty clouds key rail bills in Senate
Two bills of substantial importance to railroads—Staggers Rail Act revisions as part of reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), and extension of the deadline to implement Positive Train Control…
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