Stories tagged: union pacific
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 …
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 9:56 a.m.
Union Pacific to lay off 500 managers, 250 other rail workers
Union Pacific is laying off 500 managers and 250 other workers to save about $110 million annually and eliminate about 8 percent of the railroad’s managers.
Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
Oregon man dead after being hit by train
Officials with Idaho State Police are investigating after an Oregon man was killed by a Union Pacific freight train in eastern Idaho.
Mon., July 24, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Nobody hurt as 21 coal-hauling cars derail in San Antonio
Officials say 21 freight cars hauling coal from Wyoming have derailed in South Texas as temperatures reached the triple digits.
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 …
Sat., March 18, 2017, 7 a.m.
Track inspectors on front lines of safe shipment of crude oil, state says
Since trains began hauling flammable crude oil from the Northern Plains to Western Washington ports and refineries, state and local attention to rail infrastructure has increased. Track inspectors are on …
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Valley Chapel Road blocked by derailed train
A Union Pacific train derailed Thursday afternoon and is completely blocking Valley Chapel Road just west of Highway 27 near Rockford.
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.
Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, 4:34 p.m.
Train engine derails in southwestern Idaho
A Union Pacific train engine has derailed in southwestern Idaho.
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
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, 4 a.m.
Railroads keep most bridge inspection data secret
With railroad bridges carrying oil, coal and hazardous cargo through cities and towns, local officials are asking whether the structures are safe, but can’t get much information.
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016
Fire Chief Jim Appleton: Lesson of derailment: Ban oil trains
Everything possible should be done to discourage crude oil by rail and, ultimately, the mode and the cargo should be declared unsafe and illegal.
Thu., July 21, 2016, 11:15 a.m.
Union Pacific 2Q profit falls 19 percent as volume slows
OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific’s second-quarter profit fell 19 percent as the railroad hauled 11 percent less freight. The railroad said Thursday that full-year volumes are likely to fall 6 …
Wed., June 22, 2016, 11:30 a.m.
Union Pacific to resume oil trains in Columbia River Gorge
Union Pacific plans to resume transporting oil by train through the Oregon side of the scenic Columbia River Gorge at some point this week.
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 …
UPDATED: Mon., June 6, 2016, 11:23 a.m.
Union Pacific resumes service after derailment
Union Pacific has resumed train service through the Oregon city affected by last week’s fiery derailment.
Sun., June 5, 2016, 5:20 p.m.
Track failure likely cause of oil train derailment in Oregon
Track failure was likely the cause of the oil train derailment in Oregon, an official with Union Pacific Railroad said Sunday.
Sat., June 4, 2016, 2:22 p.m.
Crews work to contain oil sheen after Oregon train derailment
Environmental crews worked Saturday to contain a sheen of oil that appeared in the Columbia River along the Washington-Oregon border after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire, but …
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.
Fri., May 13, 2016, 7:09 p.m.
Railroads say worst-case oil spill in Washington could cost $775 million
If an oil train derailed in Washington and dumped most of its cargo, cleanup costs could exceed $775 million, according to documents BNSF Railway Co. provided to the state.
Sun., March 6, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spokane Valley, Cheney residents want to silence train whistles
Some local residents are pushing for railroad quiet zones in Spokane Valley and Cheney. The horn-free zones can be established if communities are willing to install extra safety measures at …
Fri., Feb. 19, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
New state rule requires railroads to prove ability to pay for spills
Railroads that ship crude oil through Washington will soon begin reporting information about their financial ability to pay for cleanup costs in the event of a spill or derailment.
Thu., Aug. 6, 2015
Valley Council plans website for train-related projects
Drive around Spokane Valley for a bit and chances are you’ll have to stop at a railroad crossing and wait for a train. Spokane Valley has identified 57 high-priority crossings …
Fri., June 26, 2015, 10:21 a.m.
Truck clipped by train spills salt
A truck carrying magnesium chloride was clipped by an empty Union Pacific train this morning.
Thu., June 18, 2015
Millwood pushes to keep UP rail crossing open
Millwood leaders are working with the Union Pacific to maintain a railroad crossing at Marguerite Road that the railroad wanted removed. At the City Council’s regular monthly meeting it was …
Sat., May 9, 2015
Pilots in Spokane River crash were well known
Lyndon Amestoy flew out of Felts Field so often he had a reserved seat at the Skyway Cafe. It’s next to a plaque commemorating pilots with the dubious honor of …
Thu., March 19, 2015
Safety concern at heart of matter for Millwood, railroad
Millwood is once again battling Union Pacific Railroad. The railroad won’t sign an agreement that allows parking in its right-of-way along Euclid Avenue unless the city closes Marguerite Road where …
Thu., Sept. 4, 2014
Union Pacific faces lawsuit over cleanup costs
A company that operated more than 20 mines in Idaho’s Silver Valley over the past century can sue a railroad that hauled ore to try to recover some of the …
Sun., Aug. 17, 2014
Proposed Valley rail bridges seek to increase safety, decrease traffic
It didn’t take an engineering degree to realize the railroad crossing at Park Road posed a threat and inconvenience to the Spokane Valley community. Almost 6,700 vehicles a day crossed …