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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…
Rail service in Lac-Mégantic to resume
Freight rail service will begin traversing the right-of-way in and around Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, limited at first to trains hauling dry goods.
Harsco Rail, Protran Technology sign pact
Harsco Rail, a division of Harsco Corp., said Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 it signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Protran Technology.
Canada cracking down on CBR shippers
Canada’s government has ordered Transport Canada to crack down hard on crude oil shippers who they say continue to evade a directive that they test the contents of tank cars…
FRA diving deeper into Metro-North
The Federal Railroad Administration will launch a 60-day comprehensive safety assessment of MTA Metro-North Railroad in response to the December 1st crash that killed four and injured 63. Operation Deep…
Are two-person crews less safe than a single engineer?
News item: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered MTA Metro-North Railroad to have two qualified crewmembers in the lead cab until Metro-North’s signal system is updated to ensure automatic train…
FRA issues Safety Advisory on speed restriction compliance
The Federal Railroad Administration on Dec. 11, 2013 issued an industry-wide Safety Advisory (2013-08) “to help ensure railroads adhere to federal regulations regarding maximum authorized train speed limits.”
AAR names Jefferies SVP Government Affairs
The Association of American Railroads has appointed Ian Jefferies as Senior Vice President of its Government Affairs department, effective Dec. 11, 2013.
Emergency Order 29: Where’s the consistency?
When we investigate accidents and injuries, when we analyze failures of any sort on any railroad, we are searching for a root cause—that determining factor, or factors, that drive the…
FRA issues emergency order to Metro-North
In the wake of the Dec. 1, 2013 wreck of an MTA Metro-North Railroad train that was apparently caused by an overspeed condition and that resulted in four deaths and…
RSI committee offers tank car recommendations
The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSICTC) is urging the federal Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to support rulemaking that would enhance the…
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