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Oregon officials seek to suspend oil trains after derailment

Oregon transportation officials are asking federal rail authorities to suspend crude oil trains in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge until there is a better understanding of what caused a …


Shawn Vestal: Safety upgrades for rail tank cars coming much too slowly

Something to consider about the 30,000-gallon tank cars full of Bakken crude oil that regularly pass through Spokane: The oil industry says the “arbitrary, capricious” federal government must give it …


Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

Montana’s Public Service Commission is giving its staff six months to complete a rail safety risk assessment and plan after a report criticized the agency for not having one.


Feds: Amtrak must retrain track workers on basic safety

Amtrak has been ordered to immediately retrain track workers on basic safety rules after a passenger train struck and killed two Amtrak employees near Philadelphia.


Rail hazmat safety violations should be prosecuted, regulators say

Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, according to a report Friday by a …


Number of crude oil trains declined last year as prices fell

Freight railroads delivered 17 percent fewer carloads of crude oil last year after oil prices collapsed.


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.


100 years ago in Spokane: 14 suspected of selling sherry wine arrested at downtown hotel

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s largest booze raid since prohibition resulted in the arrest of 14 men at the Arlington Hotel Bar, 310 W. Sprague.


100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Deep snow causes havoc in train travel

From our archives, 100 years ago The region’s nasty winter kept getting worse. In fact, the railroads were declaring it to be the worst winter in their history


100 years ago in Adams County: Two Milwaukee Road trains collide head-on, killing three

From our archives, 100 years ago Two Milwaukee Road passenger trains crashed head-on seven miles west of Lind, killing one of the engineers and two “unidentified tramps” riding on the …


100 years ago in Spokane: thousands gawk at electric train

From our archives, 100 years ago


House bill delays train safety technology mandate 3 to 5 years

The House passed a bill Tuesday that delays for three to five years the mandate for railroads to put long-sought safety technology in place. Federal accident investigators say the technology, …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago How important were the railroads in 1915 Spokane?


Feds order oil train cars with leaky valves pulled for repair

A leaking oil train that traveled across Washington and Idaho in January had tank cars with flawed valves, which are also installed in thousands of other tank cars nationwide, federal …


Fruit shipper sues BNSF railroad

A Quincy, Washington, company that shipped fresh fruit to the Midwest is suing BNSF Railway Co., saying the railroad canceled the company’s 72-hour service to Chicago to concentrate on higher …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Local freight companies hailed an Interstate Commerce Commission ruling that reduced railroad freight rates for Spokane.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokesman-Review editorial page was celebrating a new “epoch for Spokane” with the formal opening of a new transcontinental rail line through Spokane. It …


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, …


Route of the Hiawatha set for Saturday opening

The Route of the Hiawatha rail-trail near Lookout Pass is set to open for the 2014 summer season on Saturday. The 15-mile route for mountain biking or hiking follows a …


Lawmakers scrutinize oil train safety standards

WASHINGTON – The federal bureaucracy’s inability to remove substandard oilcars carrying volatile crude off railroad tracks continues to frustrate U.S. lawmakers. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tried to put the onus …


West Plains rail upgrade gaining speed

The state of Washington is backing a Spokane County plan to bring improved rail service to the West Plains for economic development. The state has identified a 7-mile stretch of …


Tesoro to upgrade oil tanker cars

Refinery owner Tesoro will upgrade its rail fleet for shipping crude oil by midyear, purchasing newer, puncture-resistant rail cars. The San Antonio company’s announcement follows a string of fiery oil …


Oil by rail: Area leaders prep for disaster while calling for tougher standards

A string of train accidents involving crude oil shipments in the U.S. and Canada is causing uneasiness in Spokane and other communities bisected by railways. And the safety of rail …


Then and Now: Removing rails leads to rebirth

One of the biggest changes to downtown Spokane’s waterfront was the removal of the rails. In the 1960s, city boosters began to dream of a world’s fair around the falls. …


BNSF workers repair, replace track on main lines

A rail gang of three dozen workers moved through Spokane last week, repairing and replacing track on BNSF Railway’s main lines as part of a $125 million investment in the …


Route of the Hiawatha a local treat for visitors

When out-of-state friends dropped in for a few days recently – an active couple on their summer vacation – the Route of the Hiawatha immediately came to mind for treating …


Proposed Appleway Trail draws interest

The Spokane Valley City Council chamber was packed Monday with people eager to hear more about the proposed Appleway Trail. They asked questions, pored over maps and voted on amenities …


Doug Clark: Man’s outsized hobby keeps romance of rails alive

Mike Gelhaus was once like a million other railroad enthusiasts. His trains ran on tracks laid out in an upstairs room that Gelhaus’ parents turned over to their rail-obsessed boy.


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 …


Railroad modelers right on track for fun

There are three tiny little towns in the area you won’t find on any map. Trains pull through the towns, announcing their approach with whistles. Lights twinkle from the buildings. …