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Stories tagged: railroad

Plan calls for rail cars to haul contaminated Ashland soil

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 …

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.

Engineer in NYC train derailment that killed 4 sues railroad

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.

Slide halts passenger rail service between Seattle, Everett

A mudslide has temporarily halted passenger train service between Seattle and Everett.

Police escort train after removing protesters from downtown Olympia tracks

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 …

Train collision in Florida injures 2; mangles train cars

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.

Portland considers ban on new fossil fuel terminals

The Portland City Council is considering banning new major fossil fuel storage facilities in the city.

Trial to consider coal pollution from BNSF coal trains

A trial set for next month will weigh whether coal dust that spills into waterways from passing BNSF coal trains violates environmental law.

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.

Grant helps Millwood upgrade rail crossing

The railroad crossing at Marguerite Road in Millwood is getting $450,000 worth of safety upgrades

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 …

Deny Vancouver Energy oil terminal, state official urges

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

Union Pacific railroad fined over $7 million in two years

Union Pacific penalties surpass those of every railroad nationwide for the past two years.

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 …

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.

Train carrying automobiles derails in southwest Idaho

A Union Pacific Railroad train carrying automobiles derailed in Nampa on Wednesday.

Proposed Longview coal-export terminal hearings set

Residents can weigh in on a coal-export terminal proposed near Longview at upcoming public hearings.

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.

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.

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.