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Aerial view of the derailment scene.​​ (Photograph courtesy of Pike County Office of Emergency Management with overlay annotations by NTSB.)

NTSB: Loose Debris from Mudslide Probable Cause of CSX Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently determined that the probable cause of a February 13, 2020, derailment of CSX Transportation (CSX) train K42911 on a railroad track that runs between a hillside and the Russel Fork River in Draffin, Ky., was loose mud, vegetation, sand, soil and rock from a mudslide that obstructed the track following excessive rain accumulation over several weeks.

The painted CSXT 4568 will travel across the railroad’s network to help raise awareness on rail safety.
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Rail Safety Briefs: CSX, OLI

CSX unveils new Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) Rail Safety commemorative locomotive for Rail Safety Week. Also, OLI opens 2022 call for applications for Rail Transit Safety Grants.

The DART Police Department has been reaccredited by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation (TPCAF).

Transit Briefs: DART, GoTriangle, NYMTA, Metrolinx, Caltrain, VIA Rail, MBTA

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Police Department has been reaccredited by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation (TPCAF). Also, a new study gives a clearer picture of commuter rail project in Research Triangle, N.C.; Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) commuter railroads set ridership records, Metrolinx selects development partner to transform Spadina-Front GO Station; Caltrain improves Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) connections and increases San Francisco and South San Francisco service with new weekday schedule; new report details “critical need” for the return of VIA Rail Canada’s commuter train service along the Kingston to Toronto corridor; and the City of Boston, along with Boston Public Schools (BPS) make Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) M7 student passes available year-round.

TNW Corporation Vice President of Transportation Bobby M. Franklin (left) and Director of Business Support and Development Joey Evans (right)
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People News: TNW Corporation, Burns White

TNW Corporation promotes Bobby M. Franklin to Vice President of Transportation and appoints Joey Evans to Director of Business Support and Development. Also, Burns White LLC welcomes J. Roy Nunn to its Railroad Law practice group as Counsel.

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STV, Michael Baker Land CSX Tunnel Contract

CSX Transportation has awarded a joint venture of STV and Michael Baker International a program and construction management services contract for its $466 million Howard Street Tunnel Clearance Program.

CSX Wants Pan-Am. NS Says ‘Not So Fast’

Shades of the battle between CSX and Norfolk Southern that occurred some 25 years ago over Conrail, but on a smaller scale: CSX is in negotiations to acquire Pan Am Railways, the 1,700-mile Class II previously known as the Guilford Rail System, itself the amalgamation of the Boston & Maine, Maine Central, Portland Terminal Company and Springfield Terminal Railway. NS, in a Nov. 6 filing with the Surface Transportation Board, is opposing the transaction.

Steady as She Goes

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2020 ISSUE: Cindy Sanborn, a seasoned railroader who Norfolk Southern Chairman, President and CEO Jim Squires described as “one of the freight rail industry’s leading operations experts,” became the railroad’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on Sept. 1, 2020. Mike Wheeler, Sanborn’s predecessor, retired on Oct. 1, 2020, after a 35-year career at the railroad.

Alvin “Pete” Carpenter, 1942-2019

Alvin “Pete” Carpenter, who worked his way up from railroad brakeman to President and CEO of CSX Transportation, died Aug. 20 following a battle with cancer. He was 77.