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Wed Jun 1, 2016, 10:27 AM Jun 2016

Rail Safety Megathread. Updated August 10, 2023 [View all]

Last edited Thu Aug 10, 2023, 05:14 PM - Edit history (77)

This thread is for rail safety in general, as opposed to oil trains or crude by rail.

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Federal Officials Order New Safety Measures to Help Protect Railroad Workers Near Tracks mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2016 #1
This message was self-deleted by its author mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2019 #50
Colorado railroad crossing where 5 family members were killed was awaiting improvements mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2016 #2
The Latest: DOT Head Urges Haste in Rail Safety Upgrades Eugene Jun 2016 #3
Italy Vows to Improve Rail Safety After Deadly Crash mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2016 #4
Report: Train didn't heed stop signal in deadly Panhandle wreck mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2016 #5
FRA issues final rule on identifying passenger railroad safety hazards mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2016 #6
Number of U.S. railroad workers testing positive for drug use skyrockets mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2016 #7
N.J. Train Crash Raises Questions About Rail Safety mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2016 #8
Feds: Railroads Slow to Make Progress on Train Technology Eugene Nov 2016 #9
FRA to railroad employers: Remember that OSHA regs may apply mahatmakanejeeves Nov 2016 #10
Defective axle blamed for 2013 fiery North Dakota derailment Eugene Feb 2017 #11
NTSB releases witness interviews and documents related to deadly 2016 Panhandle, TX train collision mahatmakanejeeves May 2017 #12
Wilmington News Journal - Delaware Online: Rail safety questioned as fuel shipments likely to go up mahatmakanejeeves May 2017 #13
North Dakota may halt rail inspections aimed at derailments mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2017 #14
NTSB: We can't know why SUV was on tracks before train crash mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2017 #15
US nixes sleep apnea test plan for truckers, train engineers Eugene Aug 2017 #16
Thanks, Eugene. Here are links to the Federal Register: mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2017 #17
U.S. safety board says train crash engineers had undiagnosed sleep disorder Eugene Sep 2017 #18
Canada Proposing Fatigue Regulation for Rail Workers mahatmakanejeeves Nov 2017 #19
Ignored Safety Procedures, Fractured Safety Program Led to Fatal Amtrak Derailment mahatmakanejeeves Nov 2017 #20
USDOT opts to repeal ECP brake rulemaking mahatmakanejeeves Dec 2017 #21
Growing length of U.S. freight trains in federal crosshairs after crashes: GAO Eugene Dec 2017 #22
2016: CSX train derails in Northeast Washington, leaking hazardous chemicals and disrupting travel mahatmakanejeeves Dec 2017 #23
Metro-North likely to miss deadline for positive train control mahatmakanejeeves Dec 2017 #24
Amtrak safety record already under scrutiny before fatal derailment Eugene Dec 2017 #25
Trump rail safety oversight in focus after Amtrak crash Eugene Dec 2017 #26
APNewsBreak: 298 die in rail crashes system could've stopped mahatmakanejeeves Dec 2017 #27
Could Amtrak catastrophe happen in Sacramento? It almost did, leaving some riders scared and angry mahatmakanejeeves Dec 2017 #28
U.S. urges railroads to quickly install anti-crash safety system Eugene Jan 2018 #29
Amtrak engineer misread signal before fatal crash near Seattle: U.S. agency Eugene Jan 2018 #30
Witnesses report 'issues' at crossing in Amtrak accident, NTSB says Eugene Feb 2018 #31
South Carolina train crash: Amtrak 'on the wrong track' Eugene Feb 2018 #32
Locked switch blamed in fatal Amtrak crash Eugene Feb 2018 #33
U.S. safety board blames two commuter crashes on sleep disorders Eugene Feb 2018 #34
BNSF to {Continue Installation of PTC} as Part of Annual Capital Program mahatmakanejeeves Feb 2018 #35
Truck was on tracks despite gates when struck by Amtrak train: U.S. report Eugene Feb 2018 #36
MBTA: A rail safety system gone badly off track mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2018 #37
FRA: We've got PTC funds available. Act now! mahatmakanejeeves May 2018 #38
Operation Lifesaver, Federal Railroad Administration award safety grants in 16 states mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2018 #39
FRA Awards More Than $200 Million for PTC Implementation mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2018 #40
The State of Positive Train Control Implementation in the United States mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2018 #41
NTSB issues report on the Amtrak Chester PA crash mahatmakanejeeves Oct 2018 #42
1 dead, 1 missing in Union Pacific train crash in Wyoming mahatmakanejeeves Oct 2018 #43
APNewsBreak: US miscalculated benefit of better train brakes Eugene Dec 2018 #44
Truck driver involved in crash with Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers had marijuana and a prescrip Eugene Mar 2019 #45
Amtrak Struggles to Screen Workers for Drug, Alcohol Abuse, Report Finds mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2019 #46
Positive train control fully activated on Amtrak Cascades corridor, Washington State DOT says mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2019 #47
New safety system launch causes some delays for Virginia Railway Express mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2019 #48
Trump proposes new FRA regulations on transport of LNG by rail mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2019 #49
Federal Officials Order New Safety Measures to Help Protect Railroad Workers Near Tracks mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2019 #51
50 years later, lifesaving technology that could have saved over 300 lives inches toward completion. mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2019 #52
Jury awards $17M to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment Eugene Sep 2019 #53
NTSB releases accident report on February 2018 Amtrak -- CSX head-on collision in South Carolina mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2019 #54
Brake Defects Plague Canada's Aging Grain Cars mahatmakanejeeves May 2020 #55
FRA "Highly Pleased" With 98.8% PTC Implementation mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2020 #56
Amtrak Completes PTC Implementation mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2020 #57
Department of Transportation issues new rules on shipping liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2020 #58
NTSB: Engineer in 2019 CSX collision in Ohio was intoxicated (updated) mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2020 #59
Federal Railroad Administration modernizes brake safety standards mahatmakanejeeves May 2021 #60
Amtrak train that derailed was going just under speed limit mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2021 #61
Train derailments like the Montana incident are rare, but other rail-related deaths are on the rise mahatmakanejeeves Oct 2021 #62
NTSB urges railroads to boost safety measures for workers on the rails mahatmakanejeeves Oct 2021 #63
Regulators seek to suspend Trump rule on railway natural gas Eugene Nov 2021 #64
PHMSA, FRA Capping LNG By Rail? mahatmakanejeeves Jan 2022 #65
Bump and a question DemReadingDU Sep 2022 #66
Fiery Ohio derailment raises railroad safety questions mahatmakanejeeves Feb 2023 #67
Goodbye Cab Signals Technology, Hello Positive Train Control mahatmakanejeeves Feb 2023 #68
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) On-Site Coordinator, East Palestine Train Derailment mahatmakanejeeves Feb 2023 #69
Wayside detectors in spotlight after Norfolk Southern derailment in Ohio mahatmakanejeeves Feb 2023 #70
Norfolk Southern: Developing 'intelligent' wayside track detectors mahatmakanejeeves Feb 2023 #71
Ohio train derailment spurs rail safety advisory on hot box detectors mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #72
A Veteran Railroader's Perspective on East Palestine and the Rail Industry's Future mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #73
FRA Safety Advisory 2023-01; Evaluation of Policies and Procedures of Hot Bearing Wayside Detectors mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #74
FRA Announces New Hazmat Safety Initiative (Updated) mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #75
East Palestine: NTSB Examining Tank Car Hatch Covers mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #76
States hold little power on railroads. They're still trying to tighten rules. mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #77
Federal advisory urges railroads to improve use of safety detectors mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #78
Feds urge railroads to review sharing of hazardous shipment information mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #79
Norfolk Southern rolls out new safety plan mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #80
NTSB, FRA intensify safety reviews of Norfolk Southern operations mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #81
Class Is agree to join FRA's close-call system; CSX highlights record safety performance mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #82
Freight railroads agree on safety measures after Ohio derailment mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #83
FRA Announces Supplemental Safety Assessment of Norfolk Southern Railway's Operations mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2023 #84
WHITE PAPER: Management of In-Train Forces - Challenges and Directions, First Addendum mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2023 #85
Railroads warned about the problems long trains can cause Eugene Apr 2023 #86
The Rails... Waterguy May 2023 #88
Federal Railroad Administration Safety Advisory 2023-03; Accident Mitigation and Train Length mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2023 #87
USDOT Proposes Requirements for Real-time Hazmat Information for Firefighters and First Responders mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2023 #89
Miles-long trains are blocking first responders when every minute counts mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2023 #90
Witness testifies freight car involved in NS train derailment was not inspected mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2023 #91
Norfolk Southern staffer, working solo, missed danger signs of impending Ohio crash mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2023 #92
6 months after the East Palestine train derailment, Congress is deadlocked on new rules for safety BumRushDaShow Aug 2023 #93
Missouri budgets $50M for railroad crossings in response to fatal 2022 Amtrak derailment Eugene Aug 2023 #94
Norfolk Southern content with minimum safety too often, regulators say after fiery Ohio derailment Eugene Aug 2023 #95
OSHA announces citations, agreements in connection to train derailment mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2023 #96
Rail whistleblowers fired for voicing safety concerns despite efforts to end practice of retaliation mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2023 #97
Rail union wants new rules to improve conductor training in the wake of 2 trainee deaths Eugene Aug 2023 #98
Railroads resist joining safety hotline because they want to be able to discipline workers Eugene Aug 2023 #99
Rule allowing rail shipments of LNG will be put on hold to allow more study of safety concerns Eugene Aug 2023 #100
Explosion in Union Pacific's massive railyard in Nebraska appears accidental, investigators say Eugene Sep 2023 #101
Broken rail caused fatal Colorado train derailment that collapsed bridge, early findings show Eugene Oct 2023 #102
Railroad automatic braking system needs improvement to prevent more derailments, safety board says mahatmakanejeeves Nov 2023 #103
Chicago commuter train crashes into rail equipment, injures at least 19, 3 seriously, official says Eugene Nov 2023 #104
Railyard explosion, inspections raise safety questions about Union Pacific's hazmat shipping Eugene Nov 24 #105
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