U.S. to Investigate Growing Length of Freight Trains as Threat to Safety

By Eric M. Johnson | December 7, 2017

  • December 7, 2017 at 7:46 am
    PolarBeaRepeal says:
    Hot debate. What do you think?
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    Perhaps such obviously important regulation was overlooked in the past by Obama’s Administration because Billionaire Democrat Donor ‘Uncle Warren’ owned plenty of trains / rail cars?

    • December 7, 2017 at 10:31 am
      SWFL Agent says:
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      Agree with you. I would place this problem squarely on the Obama administrations shoulders. In fact if I remember correctly didn’t Trump say something about this in his campaign? I think the quote was: “I like trains. But I like trains that don’t tip over. Okay”.

      • December 7, 2017 at 5:43 pm
        AlJohn FranKonyers Hypocrite Groapologists says:
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        Oh, Charlie stole the handle.
        And the train, it won’t stop goin’.
        No way to slow down.

      • December 8, 2017 at 10:28 am
        Agent says:
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        Democrats thought they saw the light at the end of the tunnel, but it was the Trump train about to run over them.

        • December 8, 2017 at 11:38 am
          Captain Planet says:
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          Here comes Mueller about to derail it.

    • December 8, 2017 at 11:04 am
      Captain Planet says:
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      PolarBeaRepeal says:
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      @Platitude: We who read and comment here want adult level conversations on the TOPIC of the related article. If you can’t follow those simple guidelines, post elsewhere, where you can spout your vile hatred for those whose opinions don’t match yours.

  • December 7, 2017 at 1:49 pm
    Oldlawman says:
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    We can all agree that any issue with safety in regards to trains will be reviewed by our very competent members of congress. I can hear the sound of coins in their pockets already.

    • December 8, 2017 at 8:40 am
      PolarBeaRepeal says:
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      Why will Congress review ANYTHING but reports by the proper agencies that will also become public knowledge, directly, or via FOIA? When those reports are published, who in Congress can benefit via campaign donations that are also public knowledge?

      Remember, the key to my two questions is the fact that the prior White House Administration concealed and refused to release such public documents, while the current White House Administration is returning the government to The People by following the rule of law, not breaking it for it’s benefit and for continuation of its power.

  • December 7, 2017 at 1:54 pm
    Txagent says:
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    I remember traveling from Denver to Gillette WY and being next to a train that had cars for as far as I could see (That part of WY is very flat). I was doing 75mph (faster than train) and I was next to it for 10-15 minutes. All coal…….

    • December 7, 2017 at 5:41 pm
      AlJohn FranKonyers Hypocrite Groapologists says:
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      Down around the corner,
      Half a mile from here.
      See them long trains run,
      And you watch them disappear…

  • December 8, 2017 at 11:08 am
    Ron says:
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    For those wondering why there are so many regulations, here is a prime example. When you put profits ahead of safety, someone has to step in. Corporations bring nearly all regulations upon themselves.

    • December 8, 2017 at 5:35 pm
      AlJohn FranKonyers Hypocrite Groapologists says:
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      Nope. That’s not the reason. Regulations are created by govt bureaucrats wishing to control US business and create avenues for taxation of specific industries via fees and licenses.

    • December 11, 2017 at 12:20 pm
      Agent says:
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      Leftist politicians with nothing better to do are the ones proposing thousands of regulations which add to the cost of doing business. Good thing we are getting rid of a bunch of regulations stifling the economy. The EPA is the worst example. Nice to see common sense prevail.

  • December 11, 2017 at 11:20 am
    KJ says:
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    This is factually incorrect. Maybe with some other railroads but with some of those listed now using distributed power that actually makes the whole thing safer, and have invested heavily in retraining to allow drivers to utilise correctly the safer and modern methods. The only reason for the very short term spike in incidents would be the more from the Hump yard system to flat switching which, would require greater human understanding. This will be temporary and I digress from this whole argument. Longer trains means more locos and with newer locos and equal braking systems…. safer…. the opposite. There will be no difference in running 3 locos and 90 cars with distributed power, than 3 separate locos with 30 cars. Especially with inward facing cameras and two drivers. Ciao Ciao

  • July 4, 2018 at 5:39 pm
    sidewinder says:
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    What would happen if 1.5 mile train broke a coupling at night in the woods,does the railroad company
    expect the conductor to walk back to the break alone,knowing that there might be wild animals out there
    that could rip him apart before he gets to the location of the broken coupling,in this day and age these long
    freight trains should carry remote control drones/camera’s and the ability to drop rail-flares,or either have
    a frame on the front of the locomotive that can hold a all terrain vehicle,or make your trains shorter……
    BTW there has never been a fuel shortage,and no such thing as “fossil fuel” ask the Rockefeller’s.



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