Veteran Railroader Fritz Edler Offers Recommendations

“Just because an industry CAN do something doesn't mean an industry SHOULD be doing it!” emphasized Fritz Edler, a veteran railroader with experience as a rail freight car builder and repairer. Edler has worked in many capacities, from maintaining tracks and bridges to running high speed trains. Based in Washington D.C., Edler has broad rail … Continue reading Veteran Railroader Fritz Edler Offers Recommendations

Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

View article in its entirety at the Toronto Star. — Author: Bruce Campbell The Lac-Mégantic oil train derailment on July 6, 2013 was the worst industrial disaster on Canadian soil in over a century: 47 people killed; 26 children orphaned; the town centre incinerated; an unprecedented six million litre spill of toxic shale oil; ongoing environmental, … Continue reading Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is conducting a Rail Needs Assessment (https://www.illinoisrailneeds.org) throughout Illinois.  This is an opportunity for you to express your ideas for improving the rail network and concerns regarding rail impacts on our local communities.  The study comes at the heels of a recent merger between Kansas City Southern (KCS) and Canadian National (CN).  The railroad would manage a 20,000-mile … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input

RWU Adopts High Speed Rail Resolution

Railroad Workers United (RWU) adopted a new Resolution in response to confusion over "high speed rail" and what the best way is to move forward with railroad improvement and development. RWU has staked out a position they feel makes sense, and one that serves railroad workers, the traveling public, shippers, trackside communities, and the nation … Continue reading RWU Adopts High Speed Rail Resolution

CP Rail leaves mountain train parked without crew or handbrakes near site of deadly 2019 runaway crash

View article in its entirety at CBC News. — Authors: Dave Seglins, Joseph Loiero Transport Canada says there was 'immediate threat' of another disaster WARNING: This story contains language that some readers may find offensive. Canadian Pacific Railway is under fire after leaving a 2.5-kilometre-long grain train parked without handbrakes last month high in the mountains … Continue reading CP Rail leaves mountain train parked without crew or handbrakes near site of deadly 2019 runaway crash

Opinion: Bakken Oil Trains Unsafe at any Speed due to Volatile Oil

View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka On December 22, 2020, a train carrying over 100 tank cars of Bakken oil derailed and caught fire in the small Washington town of Custer. This accident highlights how the regulatory system has failed to protect the public and — in the case of the last … Continue reading Opinion: Bakken Oil Trains Unsafe at any Speed due to Volatile Oil

Regulators Discuss LNG-by-Rail Safety Concerns — After Approving New Rule To Allow Transporting LNG by Rail

View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka New regulations were announced by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in July 2020 allowing the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail. That same month, PHMSA released the interim report for its LNG-by-rail task force. It concluded: “The task force did not identify any new safety gaps … Continue reading Regulators Discuss LNG-by-Rail Safety Concerns — After Approving New Rule To Allow Transporting LNG by Rail

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

This Month, NWSOFA will feature a discussion on railroad transportation of dangerous goods including oil trains and other hazardous goods transported through our rails, roads, and air. Moderator Gerri Songer will host: • Bruce Campbell (formerly with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)• Investigative Journalist Justin Mikulka • Railroad Workers United representatives Fritz Edler, Mark Burrows, and … Continue reading EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

Major Derailments of 2020

Information compiled by Railroad Workers United (RWU). RWU has documented 41 major derailments in the U.S. and Canada in 2020. Thankfully, these derailments did not result in injury or death in most cases. While not as disastrous as the previous year, this is still of course way too many.NOTE: This list was compiled informally and with … Continue reading Major Derailments of 2020

Another Bomb Train Accident Highlights Regulatory Failures

View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka A train carrying over 100 cars of volatile Bakken oil derailed in Washington state, causing the evacuation of the town of Custer. At least two of the train cars ruptured and the oil ignited and burned — reminding us once again why these dangerous trains are … Continue reading Another Bomb Train Accident Highlights Regulatory Failures