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

Network for Responsible Public Policy

Fossil fuels, depending on where they are extracted, may need to travel across long distances. There are real risks associated with the transportation of fossil fuels, whether by train, truck, or boat, all have histories of spills, explosions, fatalities, and damage. New Jersey needs to end dependence on fossil fuels and move to renewable energy.… Read More Network for Responsible Public Policy

Forecast for 2020: More Oil Trains, Fires, Spills, and the Rise of LNG by Rail

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka The deadly 2013 oil train accident in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which spilled oil, caused a fiery explosion, and killed 47 people, was only the most high-profile in a string of oil train derailments and fires which suggest what happened in December was not at all unusual… Read More Forecast for 2020: More Oil Trains, Fires, Spills, and the Rise of LNG by Rail

Disasters Foretold: Boeing 737 Max 8 and Lac-Mégantic

View article in its entirety at National Newswatch. — Author: Bruce Campbell The Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes—Lion Air in Indonesia in October 2018 and five months later, Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa —killed 346 including 18 Canadians. Comparisons with the July 6, 2013 Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster reveal a predictable pattern. A runaway oil… Read More Disasters Foretold: Boeing 737 Max 8 and Lac-Mégantic

Railroad Workers United: Special News Alert

CN Rail Slashes Jobs as Weakening Economy Cuts Into Freight Volumes Thousands of CN Rail Employees On Strike Amid Contract Talks — The Canadian Press Propane Shortage Appears Largely Manufactured by CN — Teamsters Canada Strike Update Thousands of CN Rail employees are on strike amid contract talks.  Workers say they’re concerned about long hours… Read More Railroad Workers United: Special News Alert

ACTION ALERT: Unite & Fight for Two Person Train Crews!

In early October, the major rail carriers – under the guise of their National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) – filed suit to enable them to bargain reduced crew size in upcoming national handling. On November 1st, the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC) served their Section 6 Notice to the rail unions that makes their intention… Read More ACTION ALERT: Unite & Fight for Two Person Train Crews!

New Paper Reveals Rail Industry Was Leader in Climate Denial Efforts

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulk A recent paper analyzing the major players in the organized efforts to attack climate change science and delay action had a surprising revelation — the biggest contributing industry/sector was not oil and gas but rail/steel/coal with the most active organization in the climate denial movement being the Association… Read More New Paper Reveals Rail Industry Was Leader in Climate Denial Efforts