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Stories tagged: trains

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020

Then and Now: North Coast Limited

In the late 1800s and the early 20th century, railroad entrepreneurs competed to create a seamless system, connecting every region by rail. The biggest challenge was connecting the Northwest to …

100 years ago in Spokane: Boys accused of “forcibly hugging and kissing” telephone operators given lecture by judge

Three boys were on trial in police court for “forcibly hugging and kissing” two young telephone operators.

UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Train derails in Spokane Valley; tankers overturned but no leaks detected

Train crews are working Wednesday morning at the scene of a derailment where several train cars, including a couple tankers, came off the tracks in Spokane Valley.

100 years ago in Spokane: Investigators consider manslaughter charge for driver in deadly North Side crash

A group of young people went dancing at the Silver Grill, had several drinks of illicit whiskey, then went on an early-morning drive in a seven-passenger Buick.

Then and Now: The First Transcontinental Railroad

The first white settlers came to Spokane on horseback in the 1870s but it was the railroad that filled the city with entrepreneurs, miners, loggers, farmers, tradesmen and other new …

BNSF setting records in Southwest Washington, systemwide

BNSF Railway shipments were at an all-time high during the first quarter of this year, the company reported, surpassing its record set in 2006. BNSF, which is also moving record …

UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018

General Electric continues transformation; $11B rail deal

General Electric will tie its train engine division to the railroad equipment maker Wabtec in deal worth about $11 billion as GE CEO John Flannery continues to break off parts …

Outside View: Accident shows rail safety can’t be delayed

Although the NTSB investigation is just getting underway, some important questions must be answered by the public and private operators of passenger trains in Washington state and beyond.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017

2 trains collide near Vienna, several injured

Two passenger trains collided on Friday near Vienna, injuring several people, authorities said.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

Railroads say Spokane tracks equipped with technology to stop trains from speeding

Investigators continue to sort out the cause of the fatal Amtrak crash in Dupont but local politicians and emergency responders have been working for years to prepare for a train …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017

Gang member faces sentencing in Chicago for Spokane-bound train gun theft

A Chicago gang member is facing sentencing for helping steal about 100 new guns from a Spokane-bound freight train.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Oil, coal train fines in Spokane go to voters with legal path unclear

On the question of whether Spokane can – or should – fine the owners of rail cars transporting certain crude oil and coal through downtown, both sides say they’re on …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017

Report: Key changes needed to prevent fiery rail crashes

A prestigious scientific organization on Wednesday called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017

Shirtless BNSF coal train rider ticketed in Cheney

He was a sight to see Wednesday morning, sitting shirtless astride an open coal train car and riding it like a stagecoach teamster through downtown Spokane.

Coal export terminal on Columbia River receives its first permit

Millennium Bulk Terminals says it has entered a “new phase” in its five-year effort to build one of North America’s larger coal export terminals after Cowlitz County issued the first …

Kennewick man dies after being struck by BNSF freight train

A 30-year-old man was sitting on the railroad tracks in Kennewick, Washington, when he was hit by a BNSF train. He later died from his injuries.

North Dakota may halt rail inspections aimed at derailments

The end of the line may be in sight for a North Dakota safety program aimed at lowering the risk of disastrous train derailments involving the state’s crude oil.

UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017

Two railroad workers struck, killed on tracks in D.C.

Two conductors who got out of their freight train to follow up on an alert that there was a problem with one or more of its wheels were struck and …

Andy Van Hees and Arlene Burns: Remember Mosier: Stop fossil fuel transports

The one-year anniversary of the oil train derailment in Mosier is a potent reminder that Spokane and all communities along the tracks are at risk.

UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017

Train derails south of Cocolalla Lake in Bonner County

A BNSF train carrying corn derailed Monday morning south of Sandpoint.

UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017

New autumn train excursion in NE Washington replaces popular ride halted last year

A new tourist train excursion in northeast Washington will begin this summer, taking riders along the Pend Oreille River from Newport to Usk.

Train deaths in Washington state return to normal numbers

Figures released by Washington officials show that deaths on the state’s railroad tracks returned to normal levels last year after reaching a high number in 2015.

UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017

Mudslide causes train to derail in Boundary County

A mudslide caused a dozen train cars to derail and some tumbled down a steep hillside Wednesday morning in Boundary County, Idaho.

Would Dakota pipeline slow oil transport through Spokane, threaten terminal at Port of Vancouver?

Almost as soon as the Trump administration took office, the future of the Dakota Access pipeline looked certain. Any hopes held by protesters that the 470,000-barrels-per-day project could be stopped …

Feds: Railroads slow to make progress on train technology

Federal regulators say railroads across the country are making slow, uneven progress in installing sophisticated train-control technology that’s seen as an antidote to crashes involving speeding and other human factors.

Knezovich vows legal challenge to proposed oil, coal train ban in Spokane

An independent legal review of a proposal to fine the shippers of coal and oil through downtown Spokane determined it violates federal law, but City Councilman Breean Beggs said he’ll …

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.

Dakota Access pipeline work resumes near site of protest

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners resumed digging trenches and laying pipe, Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Rob Keller said, a move that comes in light of Sunday’s federal appeals court ruling …