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Derailment of BHP Iron Ore Train Exposes Australia’s Reliance on Private Railways

A network of private railroads more than three times the length of the New York subway system is the key lifeline for Australia’s A$61.3 billion ($44.5 billion) iron ore export industry. So when there’s a derailment in the biggest shipper …

BHP Expects Interruption to Australia Iron Ore Exports After Train Derailment

Mining giant BHP Billiton expects some interruption to its Australian iron ore exports after a nearly 3-km-long train loaded with the commodity was forcibly derailed this week after running away en route to a key shipping hub. BHP said in …

BHP’s Western Australia Iron Ore Train Derailment Will Take Week to Recover

BHP Billiton Ltd. expects to take about a week to recover from the derailment of one of its iron ore trains that’s halted its rail operations in Western Australia, potentially bolstering prices of the steelmaking raw material. The company was …

BHP Forced to Derail Runaway Iron Ore Train in Australia

BHP Billiton Ltd. was forced to derail a runaway train that traveled almost 60 miles without a driver across the Pilbara, a major iron ore producing area in Western Australia. The world’s top mining company halted all train operations in …

BNSF Acknowledges Iowa Derailment Was Flood Related

BNSF Railway has acknowledged that flooding played a role in a derailment that loosed thousands of gallons of oil into northwest Iowa floodwaters. Railroad spokesman Andy Williams wouldn’t say whether the train engineer knew or should have known about washed-out …

Pennsylvania Freight Train Derailment Blocks Tracks; No Injuries

Seven rail cars from a freight train derailed in Pittsburgh, Penn., sending shipping containers tumbling down a hillside onto light rail tracks below, but no injuries have been reported, authorities said. Norfolk Southern spokesman Jim Glass said the cars derailed …

Report Says Rain Washout May Have Caused Virginia Train Derailment

A federal report says a train derailment last month near Washington appears to have been caused by heavy rains washing out the rocks supporting the track. WTOP-FM cites a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report provided Monday on the freight …

Engineer in Fatal Washington Train Crash Didn’t Know Curve Was Ahead

The engineer controlling an Amtrak train that derailed in Washington state in December, killing three people, told investigators he didn’t realize he was coming up on a curve until it was too late. The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday …

Amtrak Didn’t Wait for System That Could’ve Prevented Washington Wreck

The rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route near Seattle, Wash. came at a deadly cost: none of the critical speed-control technology that could have prevented a derailment was active before the train set off on its …

Amtrak in Washington 50 Mph Over Speed Limit Before Deadly Derailment

Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people. Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation …