Man vs. Machine: Aurora Rail Edition

Aurora, Ill., voted no on one of the more contentious railroad issues of our automated times:  Should freight trains be allowed to operate with one-person crews, with technology taking the place of a second crew member?

No injuries reported in Saskatchewan derailment

Canadian officials reported no injuries Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014, in the aftermath of a CN train derailment occurring Tuesday near Wadena, Saskatchewan that generated smoke and some fears of toxic release.

DOT crude oil NPRM: Will cooler heads prevail?

A recent call-in forum on crude by rail conducted by Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Contributing Editor Jason H. Seidl “helped affirm our view that the final version of the DOT’s safety rules may include some changes to the ones proposed on July 23.”

PHMSA to DOT-111 defender: Justify Bakken testing

The Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulator has quickly challenged the refinery lobby’s contention that Bakken crude falls comfortably within existing “Class 3 Flammable Liquid” and should continue to be transported in the DOT-111 general purpose tank car.

UP recognizes 63 hazmat shippers for safety

Union Pacific has named 63 companies as annual Pinnacle Award recipients for chemical transportation safety. The award recognizes UP customers that implemented successful prevention and corrective plans and achieved a rate of zero non-accident releases (NARs) for regulated hazardous materials shipments.

Train plunges off rail bridge in New Jersey

A bridge accident in Paulsboro, N.J., early Friday morning caused at least three cars of an 84-car Conrail Shared Assets train to fall into Mantua Creek. At least one car was leaking vinyl chloride, a toxic and flammable substance. The incident is under investigation.

AAR approval advances Kelso hazmat valve

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Kelso Technologies Inc. announced Wednesday that it has received certification from the Association of American Railroads for its new heavy-duty external pressure relief valve (EPRV) following successful tests in August.