FRA Releases Results of Track Inspections on CSX and Outlines Next Rail Safety Actions

April 18, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph H. Boardman today announced that 78 track defects and one serious violation were found by Federal Railroad Administration inspectors during a recent audit of CSX tracks in upstate New York. In addition, FRA’s ongoing review of rail safety in New York is being expanded to other railroads. Administrator Boardman added that as a result of the inspections, CSX has committed to strengthen track standards, deploy additional safety technology and develop a stronger safety culture. FRA will be vigilant in making sure CSX undertakes these preventative measures, especially improvements in the way they manage routine

CSXT Pledges Prompt, Aggressive Safety Response

March 28, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Michael Ward, chairman and chief executive officer of CSX Corporation, has assured Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Boardman that CSX Transportation will move promptly and aggressively to address safety concerns, through heightened inspection standards and other special initiatives in response to a FRA inspection report. “Safety is our top priority, and we welcome the FRA’s inspections and insights,” Ward said. “We are committed to working closely with FRA on all safety issues.” Company officials reported that CSXT promptly took corrective action on the defects identified in the FRA focused inspection in January, many of them before the inspection

Federal Railroad Administrator Boardman Visits Albany to Launch Track Inspection Project for New York State, Announces Additional Measures to Improve Rail Safety

March 19, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

ALBANY, N.Y. — In the wake of several recent accidents, the federal government today is launching a rail inspection project to check nearly 1,300 miles of track across New York State for flaws that might lead to a train derailment among other new measures designed to improve rail safety in the wake of several recent accidents, Joseph H. Boardman, the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced during a visit to Albany. “A safe railroad begins with safe track, but it doesn’t end there,” Administrator Boardman said. “Railroads needs to embrace a ‘culture of safety’ and find new ways

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

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