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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.


Descendants ensure Chinese rail workers aren’t forgotten

Michael Kwan can’t help but think about what life was like on a daily basis for his great-great-grandfather in the 1860s, working 12-hour days in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

‘Big Boy’ steam locomotive makes post-restoration debut

The Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive rolled out of a Union Pacific restoration shop in Cheyenne over the weekend for a big debut after five years of restoration. It …


23-car derailment by Ritzville shuts down Union Pacific line

SEATTLE – The Union Pacific line that runs through Eastern Washington has been shut down since Friday by a 23-car derailment that included a hazardous cargo spill of sodium chlorate …


Then and Now: Union Station trestle

The 1894 Spokane City Hall at Howard and Front streets symbolized the optimism and grand dreams of a railroad boomtown.


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 …


Then and Now: Union Station

Bob Strahorn planned the downtown Spokane Union Station, opened in 1914, to compete with the Great Northern depot, built in 1902.


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 …


Union Pacific to lay off 500 managers, 250 other rail workers

Union Pacific is laying off 500 managers and 250 other workers to save about $110 million annually and eliminate about 8 percent of the railroad’s managers.


Oregon man dead after being hit by train

Officials with Idaho State Police are investigating after an Oregon man was killed by a Union Pacific freight train in eastern Idaho.


Nobody hurt as 21 coal-hauling cars derail in San Antonio

Officials say 21 freight cars hauling coal from Wyoming have derailed in South Texas as temperatures reached the triple digits.


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 …


Track inspectors on front lines of safe shipment of crude oil, state says

Since trains began hauling flammable crude oil from the Northern Plains to Western Washington ports and refineries, state and local attention to rail infrastructure has increased. Track inspectors are on …


Valley Chapel Road blocked by derailed train

A Union Pacific train derailed Thursday afternoon and is completely blocking Valley Chapel Road just west of Highway 27 near Rockford.


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.


Train engine derails in southwestern Idaho

A Union Pacific train engine has derailed in southwestern Idaho.


Grant helps Millwood upgrade rail crossing

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


Railroads keep most bridge inspection data secret

With railroad bridges carrying oil, coal and hazardous cargo through cities and towns, local officials are asking whether the structures are safe, but can’t get much information.


Fire Chief Jim Appleton: Lesson of derailment: Ban oil trains

Everything possible should be done to discourage crude oil by rail and, ultimately, the mode and the cargo should be declared unsafe and illegal.


Union Pacific 2Q profit falls 19 percent as volume slows

OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific’s second-quarter profit fell 19 percent as the railroad hauled 11 percent less freight. The railroad said Thursday that full-year volumes are likely to fall 6 …


Union Pacific to resume oil trains in Columbia River Gorge

Union Pacific plans to resume transporting oil by train through the Oregon side of the scenic Columbia River Gorge at some point this week.


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., June 6, 2016

Union Pacific resumes service after derailment

Union Pacific has resumed train service through the Oregon city affected by last week’s fiery derailment.


Track failure likely cause of oil train derailment in Oregon

Track failure was likely the cause of the oil train derailment in Oregon, an official with Union Pacific Railroad said Sunday.


Crews work to contain oil sheen after Oregon train derailment

Environmental crews worked Saturday to contain a sheen of oil that appeared in the Columbia River along the Washington-Oregon border after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire, but …


Train carrying automobiles derails in southwest Idaho

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


Railroads say worst-case oil spill in Washington could cost $775 million

If an oil train derailed in Washington and dumped most of its cargo, cleanup costs could exceed $775 million, according to documents BNSF Railway Co. provided to the state.


Spokane Valley, Cheney residents want to silence train whistles

Some local residents are pushing for railroad quiet zones in Spokane Valley and Cheney. The horn-free zones can be established if communities are willing to install extra safety measures at …


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.