WASHINGTON – The number of overall train crashes and derailments declined in 2005, according to the latest statistics compiled by the Federal Railroad Administration. Preliminary full year data comparing 2005 with 2004 shows that overall train accidents decreased 7.9 percent, including an 8.4 percent reduction in the number of derailments, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said. In addition, the total number of highway-rail grade crossing fatalities declined 3.5 percent and the grade crossing collision rate reached an all-time record low of 3.81 per million train-miles, he said. “Railroads are making progress, but we still have miles to go with
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Cryo-Trans Inc., a leasing company specializing in the development and leasing of railroad freight cars for transporting frozen and perishable products, has placed an order for 429 new refrigerated boxcars. These state-of-the-art railcars, ordered from The Greenbrier Companies Inc., have an interior length of 72 feet and have the highest cubic capacity in the industry – 7,765 cubic feet. The cars, ordered in November 2005, will be delivered later this year. Cryo-Trans officials cite Greenbrier’s expertise in building these highly specialized cars and its reputation for innovative, quality products as reasons for placing the recent order
WASHINGTON — On Oct. 14, 1980, the fate of American railroads changed. Congress passed the Staggers Act, legislation that deregulated the industry. But a quarter of a century later, the debate over the law rages on. By 1980, between a fifth and a third of the railroad industry was bankrupt, the byproduct of government regulation. An investor could have made more money putting money into the typical savings account than investing in the railroad industry. Maintenance was, to say the least, sub par and the rate of wrecks was skyrocketing. Despite the grim outlook of the railroad industry, it was
TELWATTA, Sri Lanka — At least 1,000 train passengers were killed here when a tsunami rocked Sri Lanka and Asia. The passengers were on board a train known as the “Queen of the Sea,” when the tsunami struck, sweeping the train off its tracks and leaving behind a swath of destruction. The train left Colombo at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 26 and was heading towards Galle, Sri Lanka. The train traveled along a coastal line, which was about 200 yards from the water, The Associated Press reported. Near the village of Telwatta, the train stopped because of rising water, authorities said.
ATLANTA — As part of its commitment to preserve green space and improve parks for urban residents, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation today announced it is awarding grants to two organizations involved in making the Atlanta Belt Line – a proposed corridor of transit, parks and trails – a reality. The Belt Line concept, conceived by Georgia Tech graduate student Ryan Gravel in 1999, calls for turning more than 20 miles of old railroad tracks and other land into a linear recreation and transit loop, connecting 46 diverse neighborhoods, as well as city schools, historic and cultural sites, shopping
The Cross-Tie, celebrating its third anniversary in 2005 has been redesigned inside out. “I’m very excited about the publication heading into its third year,” Publisher Todd DeFeo said. “We have some great ideas and this redesign is the first of many to come.” The Cross-Tie, published by Railfanning.org, a HarpBlaster.com site, first appeared in January 2003. Ten issues were publised that year and another 12 followed in 2004. The publication has also switched to an eight-page standard issue. In January, The CrossTie will publish its first Railfanning Guide, a free supplement sent to subscribers of the newsletter. “We hope this
WASHINGTON — The year ended with a bang for railroads — for the first time ever, intermodal volume on U.S. railroads has topped 10 million trailers and containers in a single year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said in December. During the week ending Dec. 4, railroads moved 232,798 trailers and containers, up 14.9 percent from last year, the AAR said. This brought the total for the year to 10,196,913 trailers and containers, an increase of 10 percent from the first 48 weeks last year when the previous annual record was set. Also for the week ending Dec. 4,
As Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley moved towards Florida, railroads were altering their services to avoid the storm. “If Bonnie remains on its current track, it is expected to move northeast through the Florida Panhandle toward Atlanta, Ga., and then proceed toward the Carolinas and the Atlantic Coast,” CSX said in a statement. “CSX has no plans in place at this time to curtail operations at any location other than the area directly affected by the storm,” the statement continued. “Once the storm passes, tracks will be inspected and necessary repairs made before restarting rail traffic.” Bonnie was expected
MONTREAL – The Yong-In LRT Consortium has been awarded a 35-year Build-Transfer-Operate (BTO) concession contract by the City of Yong-In, Republic of Korea, for a fully automated 11.5-mile rapid transit system. The contract for the 5-year design-build portion of the concession contract is valued at approximately $600 million. Bombardier’s share of the design-build contract is approximately $200 million. The Yong-In LRT Consortium comprises Bombardier and Korean civil works contractors Daelim Industrial Co., Ltd., Hanil Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd., and Korea Development Co., as well as Korean electrical & mechanical system contractors Hanjin Heavy Industries Co. and Iljin Electric Co.