Stories tagged: trains
Sat., Dec. 23, 2017
Outside View: Accident shows rail safety can’t be delayed
Although the NTSB investigation is just getting underway, some important questions must be answered by the public and private operators of passenger trains in Washington state and beyond.
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 11:47 a.m.
2 trains collide near Vienna, several injured
Two passenger trains collided on Friday near Vienna, injuring several people, authorities said.
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 6:19 a.m.
Railroads say Spokane tracks equipped with technology to stop trains from speeding
Investigators continue to sort out the cause of the fatal Amtrak crash in Dupont but local politicians and emergency responders have been working for years to prepare for a train …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:20 p.m.
Spokane voters reject fines for coal, oil trains traveling through downtown
Proposition 2 was failing with only 41 percent of votes cast in favor of the measure, which had been criticized as illegal and potentially embroiling the city in costly legal …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:45 p.m.
Gang member faces sentencing in Chicago for Spokane-bound train gun theft
A Chicago gang member is facing sentencing for helping steal about 100 new guns from a Spokane-bound freight train.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
Oil, coal train fines in Spokane go to voters with legal path unclear
On the question of whether Spokane can – or should – fine the owners of rail cars transporting certain crude oil and coal through downtown, both sides say they’re on …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
Report: Key changes needed to prevent fiery rail crashes
A prestigious scientific organization on Wednesday called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes.
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.
Wed., July 26, 2017, 6:28 p.m.
Coal export terminal on Columbia River receives its first permit
Millennium Bulk Terminals says it has entered a “new phase” in its five-year effort to build one of North America’s larger coal export terminals after Cowlitz County issued the first …
Mon., July 24, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Kennewick man dies after being struck by BNSF freight train
A 30-year-old man was sitting on the railroad tracks in Kennewick, Washington, when he was hit by a BNSF train. He later died from his injuries.
Tue., July 4, 2017, 9:38 a.m.
North Dakota may halt rail inspections aimed at derailments
The end of the line may be in sight for a North Dakota safety program aimed at lowering the risk of disastrous train derailments involving the state’s crude oil.
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 3:29 p.m.
Two railroad workers struck, killed on tracks in D.C.
Two conductors who got out of their freight train to follow up on an alert that there was a problem with one or more of its wheels were struck and …
Sat., June 10, 2017
Andy Van Hees and Arlene Burns: Remember Mosier: Stop fossil fuel transports
The one-year anniversary of the oil train derailment in Mosier is a potent reminder that Spokane and all communities along the tracks are at risk.
UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 11:23 p.m.
Train derails south of Cocolalla Lake in Bonner County
A BNSF train carrying corn derailed Monday morning south of Sandpoint.
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:40 p.m.
Knezovich, railroads tout rail safety as Spokane coal, oil train activists close in on ballot measure
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and representatives of Union Pacific and BNSF said Thursday they’re working to ensure coal and oil moves safely through downtown Spokane and first responders are ready in …
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 10:27 p.m.
New autumn train excursion in NE Washington replaces popular ride halted last year
A new tourist train excursion in northeast Washington will begin this summer, taking riders along the Pend Oreille River from Newport to Usk.
Sun., March 19, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
Train deaths in Washington state return to normal numbers
Figures released by Washington officials show that deaths on the state’s railroad tracks returned to normal levels last year after reaching a high number in 2015.
UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Mudslide causes train to derail in Boundary County
A mudslide caused a dozen train cars to derail and some tumbled down a steep hillside Wednesday morning in Boundary County, Idaho.
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
Would Dakota pipeline slow oil transport through Spokane, threaten terminal at Port of Vancouver?
Almost as soon as the Trump administration took office, the future of the Dakota Access pipeline looked certain. Any hopes held by protesters that the 470,000-barrels-per-day project could be stopped …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 8:49 a.m.
Feds: Railroads slow to make progress on train technology
Federal regulators say railroads across the country are making slow, uneven progress in installing sophisticated train-control technology that’s seen as an antidote to crashes involving speeding and other human factors.
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 5:31 p.m.
Knezovich vows legal challenge to proposed oil, coal train ban in Spokane
An independent legal review of a proposal to fine the shippers of coal and oil through downtown Spokane determined it violates federal law, but City Councilman Breean Beggs said he’ll …
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.
Tue., Oct. 11, 2016, 7:18 p.m.
Dakota Access pipeline work resumes near site of protest
Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners resumed digging trenches and laying pipe, Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Rob Keller said, a move that comes in light of Sunday’s federal appeals court ruling …
Tue., Oct. 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Proposed new law to fine oil, coal trains through downtown Spokane would target shippers, not railroads
Instead of levying a $261 fine per car on the firms transporting the cars, a new ordinance from City Councilman Breean Beggs would go directly at the oil and coal …
Thu., Sept. 29, 2016, 3:38 p.m.
NJ train crash raises many familiar safety issues
The investigation into a New Jersey commuter train that hurtled into a station building Thursday raises many familiar issues from other crashes, including whether the tragedy could have been prevented …
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 …
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 …
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 4:38 p.m.
Stuckart to ask City Council to reconsider ballot measure fining coal, oil trains
City Council President Ben Stuckart said it may have been “hasty” to ask voters if the city should fine coal and oil train operators and will ask the measure be …
Fri., June 3, 2016, 12:06 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Millennium terminal is evidence of an EIS process run amok
The Millennium Bulk Terminal is a case study for the overgrown EIS process.
Thu., April 7, 2016, 4:16 p.m.
Feds: Amtrak must retrain track workers on basic safety
Amtrak has been ordered to retrain rail workers on basic safety rules days after a train going 106 miles per hour struck and killed two Amtrak employees working on the …