NTSB Investigating N.Y. Derailment

March 12, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

ONEIDA, N.Y. — The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to the scene of a train derailment and fire that occurred this morning in Oneida, New York. Around 7:12 a.m., a CSX freight train derailed an unknown number of cars resulting in a significant fire. About 40 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cars were in the consist and several were involved in fire. An evacuation of one-mile around the accident site has been implemented. No injuries have been reported at this time. NTSB investigator Ted Turpin has been designated Investigator-in-Charge of a 7-member team. Information on the progress of

CSXT Joins Call for Cleaner Air

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — At the invitation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CSX Transportation (CSXT) today joined EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson and other stakeholders at Port Newark, N.J., to support the agency’s overall goal of reducing diesel locomotive emissions. On hand for the announcement was CSXT Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Tony Ingram, who brought two of the new low-emission locomotives that have helped CSXT reduce CO2 emissions by 330,000 tons over the past five years. “CSXT understands that what’s good for the environment is good for our customers, our employees and our bottom line, and that’s why

CSX Intermodal Upgrading Charlotte Terminal to Increase Capacity and Efficiency

February 7, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CSX Intermodal (CSXI) announced today it will invest nearly $8 million early this year to expand a local terminal, the latest investment to support growth in consumer goods transportation. “The Charlotte terminal is a key link in our eastern network, and upgrades will help us provide better service to our customers while enabling us to meet increasing demand in the area,” said Jim Hertwig, president, CSXI. “Intermodal efficiently moves freight in a fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible way.” With the expansions, which are subject to various state and local approvals, CSXI is responding to the needs of the

Kentucky Guard Unit Checks Air Quality at Derailment Site

January 17, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

A special team of National Guardsmen is conducting an environmental survey at the site of a CSX train derailment in Brooks, Ky. The derailment occurred south of Louisville, spilling a flammable liquid that ignited and caused a fire along the track and among the tanker cars, according to a report from the National Guard Bureau’s joint operations center in Washington. Fifteen members of the Kentucky National Guards’ 41st Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) have been deployed to the derailment site to assist local emergency responders, a Kentucky National Guard official said. “They’re assisting the fire chief from Bullitt

Fire Erupts After Ky. Derailment

January 16, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

BROOKS, Ky. — For the second time in two days, fire erupted after a CSX train derailment. Cyclohexane, methyl ethyl ketone, butadiene and alcohol were released following the derailment of 12 cars, according to published reports. No one was injured in the derailment, but several people did go to area hospitals, though they were soon released. A portion of Interstate 65 was closed because of the derailment. Footage of the derailment showed large flames and thick black smoke. A day earlier in Irvine, Ky., fire erupted after butyl acetate leaked from a crashed tank car. The leak and fire came

Fire Breaks Out After Derailment

January 15, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

IRVINE, Ky. — Fire erupted after butyl acetate leaked from a crashed tank car, authorities said. The leak and fire came after four runaway cars struck a pair of locomotives. Some evacuations were ordered after the crash, according to media reports. No injures were reported as a result of the derailment. CSX parked the two locomotives in the path of the runaway cars in an attempt to stop them, The Associated Press reported.

FRA: New Era of Rail Safety with Approval of First Positive Train Control System

January 9, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – The first Positive Train Control (PTC) system capable of automatically controlling train speed and movements to prevent certain accidents, including train collisions has been approved. “This is a major achievement that marks the beginning of a new era of rail safety,” said Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph H. Boardman. “The steps FRA and railroads are taking show that applying PTC technology can work and will provide important safety benefits.” In 2005, FRA revised federal signal and train control regulations to facilitate and enable development and deployment of PTC technology, Boardman said. Specifically, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approved the

2006: The Railroad Year in Review

January 1, 2007 The Cross-Tie 0

Like any other year, 2006 saw its fair share of ups and downs for the railroad industry. Some stories were hard to list in a particular month. The controversy over the Duluth, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad’s federal loan is a good example, and could probably make a good argument for “Story of the Year.” Because of the difficulty, DM&E-related entries might not be found in every month, but its importance as a story in 2006 is not overlooked. While it is impossible to list every story that impacted the railroad world in 2006, here is a rundown of some of

Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway

December 31, 2006 Railfanning.org 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway traces its origins to December 1845 when the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad was chartered. The Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad was Tennessee’s first railroad. Following the Civil War, the railroad began to acquire other lines, and in 1873, the company’s name changed to the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway. However, the railroad never reached St. Louis. The line’s major competition was from the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. In 1880, the Louisville & Nashville gained a controlling interest in the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway, but the two lines remained

Western & Atlantic Railroad

December 31, 2006 Railfanning.org 0

ATLANTA – On Dec. 21, 1836, the Georgia state Legislature authorized the construction of a railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn., forever shaping the state’s history. Surveying for the railroad, which would become the Western & Atlantic Railroad, began in 1837. Construction began in November 1839, and the complete line was opened in 1850. The first train between Atlanta and Marietta, Ga., ran on Dec. 23, 1842. It would be another three years before regular rail service would begin on the stretch of track. The railroad’s southern terminus, Atlanta, was a growing railroad town, which by the mid 19th century

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