Stories tagged: railroad
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.
Wed., July 13, 2016, 3:14 p.m.
Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills
Railroads hauling crude oil would be required to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with a significant oil spill, including providing detailed information to state and tribal authorities, under a rule …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 6 a.m.
Inslee calls for timely walking inspections of rail lines
Gov. Jay Inslee is calling on federal regulators to issue an emergency order demanding railroads that haul Bakken crude send safety inspectors to physically walk the rail lines at least …
Mon., July 4, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Great Falls fire burns building, damages empty tanker cars
Investigators will probe the cause of a fire that destroyed a building about 10 feet from empty tanker cars.
Thu., June 30, 2016, 10:58 a.m.
State regulators fine railroad transportation company
Washington state transportation safety regulators have fined a company that provides rides for railroad crews more than $170,000 for repeat safety violations.
Sun., June 12, 2016, 7:05 p.m.
Union Pacific railroad fined over $7 million in two years
Union Pacific penalties surpass those of every railroad nationwide for the past two years.
Sat., June 11, 2016, 3:41 p.m.
Railroad says broken bolt caused Oregon train derailment
Railroad officials say at least one broken bolt holding the rail in place caused the fiery derailment of a Union Pacific train moving volatile crude oil through the Columbia River …
Wed., June 1, 2016, 1:10 p.m.
Court: Out-of-state railroad workers can sue in Montana
Injured railroad workers may file lawsuits against their employers in Montana, even if they weren’t hurt here and they are not residents of the state, the Montana Supreme Court ruled.
Wed., May 25, 2016, 2:08 p.m.
Train carrying automobiles derails in southwest Idaho
A Union Pacific Railroad train carrying automobiles derailed in Nampa on Wednesday.
Sat., May 21, 2016, 8:44 a.m.
Proposed Longview coal-export terminal hearings set
Residents can weigh in on a coal-export terminal proposed near Longview at upcoming public hearings.
Fri., April 29, 2016, 7 a.m.
State Supreme Court will hear crude-by-rail case
The Washington state Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case centered around proposed Grays Harbor crude-by-rail facilities, lawyers for the groups opposed to the facilities announced on Wednesday.
Sun., April 3, 2016, 4 a.m.
100 years ago near Glacier National Park: Spokane brakeman, 3 ‘hoboes’ injured in train wreck
From our archives, 100 years ago A Great Northern brakeman and three “hoboes” were injured when a Spokane-bound freight train derailed near Glacier National Park and badly damaged a bridge.
Thu., March 31, 2016, 11:46 a.m.
Energy downturn leaves about 4,600 employees furloughed nationwide, BNSF exec says
The chairman of BNSF Railway says about 4,600 railroad employees are furloughed nationwide due to declining oil prices and a reduced demand for coal.
Wed., March 16, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Jury rules that squatter killed by massive rock slide was warned to leave
From our archives, 100 years ago A coroner’s jury ruled that John Gleason, who was swept away and killed by a mud-and-rock slide at the foot of Cedar Street, failed …
Tue., March 15, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Man killed by massive slide under railroad track
From our archives, 100 years ago A 74-year-old man was buried in a massive slide of mud and rocks on Cedar Street, just west of the Monroe Street Bridge.
Wed., March 9, 2016, 1:45 p.m.
Canadian Pacific hopes Norfolk Southern OKs merger talks
Canadian Pacific’s appeal to Norfolk Southern shareholders and regulators likely represents the railroad’s last effort to acquire its rival.
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016
100 years ago in Cheney: Officials debate space between trains at hearing on crash that killed five
From our archives, 100 years ago An emotional public hearing was held in Cheney to determine the cause of the passenger train collision that claimed five lives.
Sun., Feb. 21, 2016, 5 a.m.
100 years ago near Cheney: Gruesome train crash kills five, injures many
From our archives, 100 years ago Five men were killed and scores of people were injured in a gruesome train collision at South Cheney. A Burlington passenger train was stopped …
Wed., Sept. 16, 2015
Plans for second rail bridge across Lake Pend Oreille put on hold
BNSF Railway Corp. has backed off from plans to build a second span over the water at Sandpoint, saying freight volume doesn’t justify the project at this time. The railroad …
Sat., Aug. 23, 2014
BNSF upgrading track, installing computerized safety system across Washington
BNSF Railway is spending $235 million across Washington to upgrade track and roll out a computerized safety system that experts say can prevent devastating train accidents. The move is expected …
Thu., Aug. 21, 2014
Proposal for one-person train crews criticized
A proposal that some freight trains through Spokane could have just one person on board as early as January has divided a union of rail workers and added fuel to …
Mon., June 17, 2013
Then and Now photos: Get the goods
Although the first transcontinental railroad connected through Spokane in 1882, north-south travel was still laborious and slow, by saddle or in wagons, for long trips to places like Colville and …
Sat., April 13, 2013
Would-be train hopper may lose legs
A group of people was waiting in a car at a railroad crossing on Fancher Road near Felts Field on their way to lunch Monday when they saw a man …
Sun., Oct. 2, 2011
Even in retirement, Bob Shanklin remains true to career
One way to experience the region’s autumn colors is aboard the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions’ tour train. Last year, more than 10,000 passengers made the 90-minute round trip between …
Wed., Oct. 13, 2010
Consultant explains prospects for Geiger Spur
A long, low railroad tunnel on Snoqualmie Pass could help Spokane County’s Geiger Spur railroad project. A consultant told county commissioners recently that westbound trains from the East Coast might …