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Conductors sue railroad, allege responsibility for illness

Two rail conductors who formerly worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad are suing the train company in Idaho state court, claiming they became ill after being exposed to dangerous …

Then and Now: The First Transcontinental Railroad

The first white settlers came to Spokane on horseback in the 1870s but it was the railroad that filled the city with entrepreneurs, miners, loggers, farmers, tradesmen and other new …

UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

Man injured after leaping from moving freight train near Browne’s Addition

A man was injured Sunday afternoon when police say he jumped from a moving freight train near an overpass in Browne’s Addition.

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 6:09 a.m.

Valley council selects final Barker Road plan

The Spokane Valley City Council has selected a final design for the Barker Road grade separation project after input from resident and the business community.

Spokane Valley council members fear amendment from Rep. Matt Shea could imperil Barker Road bridge project

An amendment put forth by Rep. Matt Shea for the Washington State Senate 2017-19 transportation budget could potentially put the Spokane Valley’s Barker Road grade separation project in jeopardy.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 1:17 p.m.

Hunter Harrison, CEO of railroad company CSX, dead at 73

Hunter Harrison, the president CEO of railroad giant CSX, has died, the company announced Saturday. He was 73.

L.A.’s popular Angels Flight reaching for the heavens again

Angels Flight, the beloved little railroad that’s almost as much a symbol of Los Angeles as the Hollywood Sign, began pulling people toward the heavens and back down again Thursday …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Shirtless BNSF coal train rider ticketed in Cheney

He was a sight to see Wednesday morning, sitting shirtless astride an open coal train car and riding it like a stagecoach teamster through downtown Spokane.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 12:28 p.m.

Port of Moses Lake gets grant to finish railroad

The Port of Moses Lake was awarded a $9.9 million federal grant allowing the port to complete a railroad project that will increase the ability to ship freight into and …

Bad track caused Penn Station derailment

A report shows that a faulty track condition caused a recent train derailment at New York’s Penn Station in an area where Amtrak is performing repairs this summer.

UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Montana in BNSF Railway worker case

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a Montana court’s ruling that two BNSF Railway workers could sue the company for their injuries in the state, even though the men never …

Imagine zipping from Seattle to Portland by high-speed rail

The Pacific Northwest has long been united on many fronts. From Vancouver, B.C., to Seattle to Portland, government leaders often reflect their region’s progressive ethos.

UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

Railway, medical examiner in fight over video of man’s death

BNSF Railway is asking a judge to prevent the Pierce County Medical Examiner from obtaining video showing the moments before a man was killed by a train, citing privacy concerns.

Train derails near Chewelah

A train derailed north of Chewelah near Duncan Road late Thursday night and officials believe the short line Kettle Falls International Railway will be closed at least through Monday.

UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

When a freight train derailed in the Montana town of Culbertson, spilling 27,000 gallons of crude oil, investigators blamed the 2015 accident on defective or missing fasteners used to hold …

Landslide halts rail traffic between Seattle and Portland

Amtrak service between Seattle and Portland was suspended due to a landslide near Vancouver, Washington.

Bill to toughen rules around oil transport clears key hurdle

A House bill aimed at increasing the safety around oil transportation on land and water has cleared a key committee. The House Finance Committee on amended and passed House Bill …

Union Pacific’s lawsuit over Oregon rail expansion opposed by three groups

Three groups are seeking to oppose Union Pacific Railroad’s lawsuit involving a proposed rail expansion along the Columbia River Gorge where a crude oil train derailed last June.

Two BNSF Railway workers killed on tracks in South Dakota

Two BNSF Railway employees have been struck and killed by a train near Edgemont in southwestern South Dakota.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 7:10 p.m.

Court throws wrench in plans for big Washington oil terminal

The Washington Supreme Court has thrown a major wrench in plans for a big oil terminal in Grays Harbor, saying the project must be reviewed under a 1989 law passed …

Bill would let Spokane officials order railroads to go slower through downtown area

City or state officials could require slower rail speeds through downtown Spokane under a bill introduced Wednesday.

Plan calls for rail cars to haul contaminated Ashland soil

Union Pacific plans to use rail cars, not dump trucks, to haul away 18,700 cubic yards of contaminated soil as part of its long-awaited cleanup of its old railroad yard …

Union Pacific agrees to inspection, maintenance improvements

Federal railroad authorities reached an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad requiring improvements to the railroad’s inspection and safety procedures. The resolution between the two entities came about Dec. 23.

Engineer in NYC train derailment that killed 4 sues railroad

An engineer who fell asleep at the controls of a Metro-North train and caused a derailment that killed four people in New York City has sued the railroad.

Slide halts passenger rail service between Seattle, Everett

A mudslide has temporarily halted passenger train service between Seattle and Everett.

Police escort train after removing protesters from downtown Olympia tracks

A team of police officers and city of Olympia staff cleared a dayslong protest camp from the railroad tracks in downtown Olympia early Friday morning, allowing a train carrying ceramic …

Train collision in Florida injures 2; mangles train cars

Authorities say two trains loaded with coal and phosphate rock collided in central Florida, derailing and sending at least 20 train cars tumbling over. Two people sustained minor injuries.

Portland considers ban on new fossil fuel terminals

The Portland City Council is considering banning new major fossil fuel storage facilities in the city.

Trial to consider coal pollution from BNSF coal trains

A trial set for next month will weigh whether coal dust that spills into waterways from passing BNSF coal trains violates environmental law.

100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper predicts Spokane will be center of the great electrified railroad system

From our archive, 100 years ago The Spokane Daily Chronicle was dreaming of a new, powerful future for Spokane as the center of a great electrified railroad system.