Stories tagged: railroad
Wed., July 19, 2017, 7:20 a.m.
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 …
Thu., April 27, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
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.
Fri., April 7, 2017, 6:02 p.m.
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 …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
Landslide halts rail traffic between Seattle and Portland
Amtrak service between Seattle and Portland was suspended due to a landslide near Vancouver, Washington.
Fri., March 31, 2017, 10:44 a.m.
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 …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 3:36 p.m.
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.
Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 4:47 p.m.
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.
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 7:54 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 5:23 a.m.
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.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 2:56 p.m.
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.
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 1:41 p.m.
Slide halts passenger rail service between Seattle, Everett
A mudslide has temporarily halted passenger train service between Seattle and Everett.
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 8:31 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 7:18 a.m.
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.
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 8:02 a.m.
Portland considers ban on new fossil fuel terminals
The Portland City Council is considering banning new major fossil fuel storage facilities in the city.
Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
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.
Thu., Oct. 20, 2016
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.
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016
Grant helps Millwood upgrade rail crossing
The railroad crossing at Marguerite Road in Millwood is getting $450,000 worth of safety upgrades
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 8:59 p.m.
Love of history fuels restoration of luxury railcars in Spokane for convention
Twenty-one restored railcars arrived Monday in Spokane in a rolling museum celebrating the splendor and elegance of vintage passenger trains. The owners are attending the American Association of Private Railroad …
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 11:49 a.m.
Deny Vancouver Energy oil terminal, state official urges
Arguing that the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal creates “unprecedented and unacceptable” risks to the environment and Washington residents, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Kernutt in his closing brief recommended that …
Sat., Sept. 3, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Super-rich woman announces surprise marriage
From our archives, 100 years ago The surprise marriage of Sara E. Smith to Ralston Wilbur was front-page news in Spokane.
Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, 1:07 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Short line railroads are a vital part of Washington’s transportation grid
The state’s short line railroads boost economic development and trade, and reduce carbon emissions and wear-and-tear on roadways, says Sue Lani Madsen.
Fri., Sept. 2, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Railroad union members vote unanimously to strike
From our archives, 100 years ago The 460 Spokane members of four railroad unions voted – “without one dissenting voice” – to go on strike beginning several days hence.
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 10:24 a.m.
Protesters who shut down trains in Bellingham arrested
BNSF Railway says five people who blocked the main rail line in Bellingham during a protest against oil and coal trains have been arrested.
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 9:23 p.m.
City Council removes controversial oil and coal train fines from ballot
Voters will not get to weigh in on the trains moving coal and oil through downtown Spokane, as the City Council reversed course and removed the question from the November …
Tue., July 19, 2016, 10:19 p.m.
Vancouver bans future oil refineries, facilities in the city
The Vancouver City Council has voted to prohibit new or expanded crude oil storage facilities in the city.