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Re-inventing the DOT 111
Railcar suppliers gear up to meet demand for safety-first tank cars.
At high or low speed, a safety need
As the U.S. bolsters its passenger rail options, from high speed rail startups to streetcar revivals, those designing the safest land transport mode seek to make it safer still.
Greenbrier to offer new-gen tank cars, retrofits
The Greenbrier Companies announced on Feb. 5, 2014 that it will design a new-generation tank car for rail transport of hazardous freight, including flammable crude oil and ethanol, “that can…
First hazmat fines levied against North Dakota crude loaders
The first enforcement actions against North Dakota tank car loaders for misclassifying Bakken crude oil were announced Feb. 4 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The notices of violation and…
Flawed State Dept. report twists rail safety stats
Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline exulted while statisticians expressed dismay at the U.S. State Department’s dramatic assertion the week of Jan. 26 that failure to approve the proposed pipeline…
CSX, David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports re-team for 2014 Sprint Cup season
After a successful season promoting public safety around railroad tracks with David Ragan in 2013, CSX will again partner with the race-winning driver and the Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34…
FRA amends track inspection regulations
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Jan. 24, 2014 issued amended regulations contained within its Federal Track Safety Standards that govern rail inspections. The amended regulations “will help identify rail…
NTSB, TSB issue joint CBR safety recommendations
The National Transportation Safety Board, in coordination with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, on Jan. 23, 2014 issued a series of recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and…
AAR CEO: Room for both CBR and pipelines
Contrary to some speculation, North American railroads stand ready to do their share in supplying crude-by-rail (CBR) service to complement oil transport by pipeline, Association of American Railroads President and…
RSI to SecDOT: Include us re: CBR
The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to include tank car manufacturers and other parties in any effort to improve tank car safety, particularly when related…
Crude by rail, a cautionary tale
What do New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” and crude-by-rail accidents have in common? They both have the potential for significant long-term damage to the institutions involved. Each of these…
Roadmap to oil train safety emerging
On Jan. 10, 2014, three days after a string of tank cars derailed from a CN freight train in rural New Brunswick, clean-up specialists summoned from Louisiana attached charges to…
Senators push FRA order for locomotive cameras
Two U.S. Senators are urging the Federal Railroad Administration to mandate cameras on board passenger locomotives and operating cab cars in order to provide detailed information on potential derailments.
North Dakota U.S. Senators seek CBR safety
North Dakota's two U.S. Senators met in Washington, D.C. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, with federal officials to advance improved freight rail safety measures in tank car construction and operation.
CN train carrying crude oil derails in Canada
Nineteen cars and one locomotive in a 122-car CN train carrying LPG in DOT 112 cars and crude oil in DOT 111 cars derailed and caught fire on Tuesday, Jan.…
Will safety investments to protect railroads, public increase CBR costs?
A sell-off of shares in companies engaged in extracting oil from the mid-continent Bakken formation was the first indication from investors that they expect government scrutiny of the potentially explosive…
Questions cloud Lac-Mégantic crude oil test data
Why did it take so long to determine that Bakken crude is especially explosive, given that Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) six months ago analyzed samples drawn from the few…
Collision on BNSF ignites oil train fire
A wreck involving two BNSF trains, one of which was carrying crude oil, sparked a huge fire and evacuations of nearby communities in North Dakota on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.
Two suicide bombers strike Volgograd transportation system
Suicide bombings in the southern Russian city of Volgograd—one at a railway station, the other on a trolleybus—have killed 32 in two days.
Crude oil loaders fail in hazmat classification
In their quest for a smoking gun, lawyers developing a class action suit on behalf of the victims of the July 6 calamity at Lac-Mégantic say they have found disturbing…
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