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CN Railway’s Safety Record Deteriorated in 2014 Due to Poor Track Conditions

Canadian National Railway’s safety record deteriorated sharply in 2014, reversing years of improvements, as accidents in Canada blamed on poor track conditions hit their highest level in more than five years, a Reuters analysis has found. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board …

Canada Transport Watchdog to Introduce New Tank Cars Ahead of Schedule

Canada’s transportation watchdog said that recent fiery derailments of trains hauling crude oil mean a new generation of stronger tanker wagons should be introduced ahead of schedule. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is probing two accidents within the last month …

Canada Proposes Tough New Oil Tank Car Standards

Canada proposed tough new oil tank car standards on Wednesday and said even improved tank cars coming into service now would have to be off the rails by 2025 at the latest. The announcement comes after a rash of fiery …

Derailed Canadian National Train Carrying Crude Oil Is Still Burning

A Canadian National Railway Co. train carrying crude oil that derailed near the northern Ontario community of Gogama early on Saturday is still on fire, the company said late on Sunday. The derailment is CN’s second in the region in …

Canadian Pacific Railway’s CEO Says Biggest Crude-by-Rail Fear Is Terrorism

Hunter Harrison, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.’s chief executive officer, said his greatest fear in moving crude by rail is the prospect of a terrorist attack on the company’s trains. “That’s what concerns me more because it can be planned to …

Canada to Overhaul Rail Safety Rules; More Insurance Will Be Required

The Canadian government is overhauling its safety rules for crude oil shipments by train, creating a disaster fund and forcing railways to carry more insurance. Oil companies will pay into the fund, which will be used when a railway’s insurance can’t cover the …

NTSB Releases Its Final Report on 2012 N.J. Freight Train Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on systemic flaws leading up to a 2012 train derailment that leaked a dangerous gas in southern New Jersey. The report issued Tuesday was approved by the NTSB last month, …

N.J. Senator Calls for More Railroad Safety Standards

A U.S. senator from New Jersey is calling for tougher penalties for railroads that violate safety rules among other changes he’s proposing to try to prevent accidents involving hazardous materials. Democrat Robert Menendez says his plan is in response to …

Metro-North Railroad Says Most Safety Upgrades Are Complete

Metro-North Railroad, the nation’s second-largest commuter rail system, on Wednesday released a final report on what it has done to improve safety following a series of accidents last year and said it has completed most of its priorities. In a …

CSX Oil Tank Cars Derail, Catch Fire in Lynchburg, Virginia

A CSX Corp. crude train derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia, Wednesday, sparking a fire in at least three tank cars, spilling oil into a river and forcing a partial evacuation of the city’s downtown. No injuries were reported, and the fire …