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  • 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 …


  • Truck clipped by train spills salt

    A truck carrying magnesium chloride was clipped by an empty Union Pacific train this morning.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Oil, coal left out of grant request

    The Washington Department of Transportation estimated in June that six proposed coal and oil terminals could add at least 44 more trains per day going through Spokane. In a letter …


  • Then and now: Spokane’s railroad history

    Robert Strahorn was a businessman, writer and promoter who was 25 when he was hired by Jay Gould of the Union Pacific Railroad as a publicist. For several years, Strahorn, …


  • Union Pacific adds Spokane to Train Town USA registry

    About 1,500 people showed up at the Amtrak station on Tuesday to celebrate the 150th birthday of America’s largest railroad network, the Union Pacific. The turnout included train enthusiasts, model …


  • Railroads’ profits sign economy is on track

    OMAHA, Neb. – Strong earnings reports from two of the nation’s biggest freight railroads show that the U.S. economy is continuing its long, slow recovery. Union Pacific Corp. said Thursday …


  • Record rainfall leads to derailment, roof collapse

    Record rainfall likely caused the closure of two rail lines in North Idaho, a highway blockage in Pend Oreille County, a roof collapse in North Spokane and flooding along some …


  • Railroad quiet zone study bumped off 2012 budget

    In a split decision Tuesday, the Spokane Valley City Council decided not to consider funding a railroad quiet zone study in 2012. The discussion began in 2010 when a group …


  • Proposals on reducing railroad noise lead to staff vs. council discussion

    A debate at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting on whether to hire a consultant to research railroad quiet zones turned into a discussion of who has the authority to …


  • Speed limit change in Greenacres area denied

    The Spokane Valley City Council decided Tuesday that speed limits will stay low in the Greenacres neighborhood. In a 4-3 vote, the council rejected a 35 mph speed limit on …


  • Projects’ costs concern council

    The Spokane Valley City Council agreed this week to take the first steps on two large projects, but final decisions are months away on whether the projects will become reality. …


  • Spokane Valley Council looks at contracts

    The Spokane Valley City Council dealt quickly and efficiently with a lengthy agenda Tuesday night during the first council meeting since mid-November. Public works director Neil Kersten gave presentations to …


  • Rail site cleanup slated for summer

    Union Pacific and BNSF Railway have agreed to clean up historic mining waste at old rail sites in Idaho’s Silver Valley.


  • Rail uncertainty

    In the past 10 years nothing has been done about railroad crossings in Otis Orchards that have no crossing arms or signals, in spite of increasing road traffic and several …


  • Police focusing today on rail crossing violations

    Spokane police are teaming up today with enforcement officers from the Union Pacific and BNSF railroads for an enforcement campaign along rail crossings in northeast Spokane.


  • New trail segment OK’d

    A bike and pedestrian trail almost two decades in the making will see significant progress thanks to federal stimulus money accepted Monday night by the Spokane City Council. The 10-mile …


  • Union Pacific develops rail yard simulator

    OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific developed has its own virtual rail yard to help train a new generation of workers who likely grew up playing video games. The Omaha-based railroad …

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