Stories tagged: railroad
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017
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
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
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
A mudslide has temporarily halted passenger train service between Seattle and Everett.
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016
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
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
The Portland City Council is considering banning new major fossil fuel storage facilities in the city.
Wed., Oct. 26, 2016
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
The railroad crossing at Marguerite Road in Millwood is getting $450,000 worth of safety upgrades
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Vancouver City Council has voted to prohibit new or expanded crude oil storage facilities in the city.
Wed., July 13, 2016
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
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
Investigators will probe the cause of a fire that destroyed a building about 10 feet from empty tanker cars.
Thu., June 30, 2016
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
Union Pacific penalties surpass those of every railroad nationwide for the past two years.
Sat., June 11, 2016
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
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
A Union Pacific Railroad train carrying automobiles derailed in Nampa on Wednesday.
Sat., May 21, 2016
Residents can weigh in on a coal-export terminal proposed near Longview at upcoming public hearings.
Fri., April 29, 2016
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
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
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.