Rail CEOs to Investors: “Bomb Trains” Safe at Almost Any Speed

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 5:21 pm

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trains in Devil’s Lake, N.D. to 60MPH from 30 MPH, despite opposition from local officials.

 

Oil By Safer Trains? By Trucks? Better Yet, Divest

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 6:55 pm

Just a few weeks ago, the public learned that Warren Buffett’s BNSF Railway had states sign confidentiality agreements “or otherwise pledged not to release [specific] information” about the millions of gallons of volatile crude oil rolling by rail through US countrysides, communities and cities. Immediately, in some affected places, people began organizing protests (here, here and here) against these shipments of crude oil with visions of the Lac-Megantic conflagration still fresh in memory.

Dairyland to Petrostate: Wisconsin Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 4:40 pm

The Wisconsin documents show the three companies that send Bakken crude trains through the state — Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific — all initially argued routes are “sensitive security information” only to be seen by those with a “need to know.”

Sunday Train: Taking That High Speed Train in Georgia

By: Sunday February 9, 2014 6:40 pm

This feasibility study of a High Speed Rail corridor from Columbus, Georgia to Atlanta is similar to the Columbus, Ohio to Chicago via Northeast Indiana HSR study, in that it has been driven from the ground up rather than the top down:

Sunday Train: Traveling to Our Deaths and the Fatal Metro North Derailment

By: Sunday December 8, 2013 6:40 pm

Last Sunday Morning, the 5:45am from Poughkeepsie was running through the Bronx with 100-150 passengers aboard, when it sped through a 30mph speed limit curve at 82mph, derailed, over-turning four cars and killing four people.

This is a story with some differences in detail from the Spanish fatal derailment this summer, but one common feature: the lack of adequate Positive Train Control signaling on the corridor.

You Know Who Else Was Short And Made The Trains Run On Time?

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 8:45 am

Little Tommy Friedman, aka, WOTD, laments about the decayed state of American infrastructure, announces America needs a renewal and then proposes the man to do it . . . good grief.

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