Fiery Train Derailment in Kentucky Spills Ethanol Into River

View article in its entirety at The New York Times. — By: The Associated Press A large rock slide on a rain-saturated mountain caused a fiery train derailment Thursday morning in eastern Kentucky that briefly trapped two crew members and caused a chemical leak into a river, authorities said. Two crew members of the CSX… Read More Fiery Train Derailment in Kentucky Spills Ethanol Into River

Recording of CN Ordering Fatigued Conductor to Work

View article in its entirety at The Star. — Author:  Brennan Doherty One of the biggest concerns for engineers is fatigue — and it isn’t confined to one particular company. According to an annual watchlist from the Transportation Safety Board, an independent investigator charged with improving safety practices, sleep-related fatigue issues have been a contributing… Read More Recording of CN Ordering Fatigued Conductor to Work

FRA’s Own Report Blows Hole in Arguments Against Two-Person Freight Crews

View article in its entirety at Sheet Metal|Air|Rail|Transportation (SMART). — Jeremy R. Ferguson – President, Transportation Division The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in a 41-page report released Jan. 13th by its Office of Research, Development and Technology said what railroaders already know. Researchers at the Volpe Center over a period of years performed cognitive task analyses… Read More FRA’s Own Report Blows Hole in Arguments Against Two-Person Freight Crews

Railroad Under Fire as Questions Abound Concerning 2019 Runaway Train that Killed Three Crew Members

Reported By: Rail Workers Weekly News Digest On February 4th, 2019, Canadian Pacific Train #301 rolled away down Field Hill in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. The train’s lead locomotive, mid-train DPU and 99 cars of grain derailed, killing all three crew members aboard. Now, as the anniversary of that tragic wreck approaches,… Read More Railroad Under Fire as Questions Abound Concerning 2019 Runaway Train that Killed Three Crew Members

Canadian Town Evacuated After Another Oil Train Derails and Burns

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka Early in the morning of February 6, an oil train derailed and caught fire near Guernsey, Saskatchewan, resulting in the Canadian village’s evacuation. This is the second oil train to derail and burn near Guernsey, following one in December that resulted in a fire… Read More Canadian Town Evacuated After Another Oil Train Derails and Burns

ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School

IL Senator Julie Morrison recently filed and sponsored, and IL Senator Laura Murphy recently co-sponsored, Resolution SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School in Springfield to: Urge local emergency response planning officials to partner with school districts in their region in order to disseminate information pertaining to safety threats related to the storage and transport of hazardous substances,… Read More ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School

Railways report more accidents with dangerous goods

View article in its entirety at Winnipeg Free Press. — Author:  Dylan Robertson OTTAWA — The number of rail accidents involving dangerous goods more than doubled in Canada in 2018. There were 25 accidents involving dangerous goods in 2018, involving one death, according to Transport Canada data published Monday. There were 11 accidents recorded a year… Read More Railways report more accidents with dangerous goods

December 2019 FRA Research Results and Technical Reports

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published the following listing of Research Results and/or Technical Reports in December 2019: Wheel Bearing Brake/Instrumented Wheelset Friction Characterization Study Analysis of Non-Track-Circuit Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Train Detection Technologies Monitoring Engineer Fatigue (MEFA) Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Produce Accurate Grade Crossing Profile Data Human Factors Evaluation of an Experimental… Read More December 2019 FRA Research Results and Technical Reports

ACTION ALERT: Federal Railroad Administration Launches Web Portal For Public to Report Blocked Railroad Crossings

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced it has established a new, dedicated webpage for the public and law enforcement to report blocked highway-rail grade crossings. Blocked crossings occur when stopped trains impede the flow of motor vehicle or pedestrian traffic at railroad tracks for extended periods of time. Communities… Read More ACTION ALERT: Federal Railroad Administration Launches Web Portal For Public to Report Blocked Railroad Crossings

John Garamendi Introduces Crude-by-Rail Safety Bill

View article in its entirety at Times-Herald. — Author: Nick Sestanovich BILL TRACK:  House Resolution 5553:  Crude By Rail Volatility Standards Act Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, recently introduced legislation to ensure safer standards for the transport of crude oil and other hazardous materials by train. House Resolution 5553, also known as the “Crude By Rail… Read More John Garamendi Introduces Crude-by-Rail Safety Bill