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Disruption From Late Night Train Whistling Can Be Curbed

Rail and Reason receives some very interesting emails, and literally, from all over.

One such recent correspondence was from Tasmania.

Yes, Tasmania.

For those of you as rusty as some of the rail equipment that is used here in Canada, Tasmania is located just off the south of Australia. Read more…

The Other Side of the Story: When .002% Matters


The following is quoted from CN Rail’s website, July 15, 2014, from its “Leadership in Safety” online publication, page 10:

“99.998% of hazardous material carloads moving by CN arrive at their destination without a release caused by an accident.”

With credit to “Railroaded,” this is the recent account of what happened to the remaining .002%

Suddenly, “.002%” doesn’t look so insignificant anymore…

Originally posted on Railroaded's Blog:

Railroaded CN derailment Three Hills image July 12 2014The fifth reported Canadian National Railway derailment in 6 weeks in Alberta occurred July 12 north of Three Hills, about 60 kilometres northeast of Calgary (CBC News). 15 cars derailed, causing disruptions to transportation services in the area. Most of the cars carried general consumer merchandise, while 2 carried chemicals for household and industrial use. Alberta Emergency Alert indicated a local road was closed for an undisclosed length of time.

Other reported CN derailments in Alberta during the past 6 weeks include:

1. July 4: 6 cars carrying crude oil, methanol, lumber and gravel derailed and flipped over near Whitecourt.

2. June 27: 11 grain cars derailed near Chisholm.

3. June 11: 20 cars carrying dangerous goods residue, grain and lumber derailed near Faust.

4. May 30: About 50,000 litres of molten sulphur spilled from 3 of 7 derailed cars north of Lac La Biche.

See CN Railway…

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Shipping Oil By Rail: The Opposition Grows

Stop Oil By Rail

With the ominous first year anniversary of the Lac Megantic tragedy almost upon us, the controversy over shipping oil by rail continues to gather momentum, remaining squarely in the public spotlight.

It’s not a position that the rail industry could have even imagined finding itself in only a year ago, facing unprecedented media attention, escalating public opposition, and scathing criticism from elected officials regarding the serious questions that shipping crude by rail has raised.

Lac Megantic was the event that has changed everything for the rail industry. Read more…

All Oils Are Not Equal: Canola Farmers Endure “Dismal” Rail Service

It’s the wrong kind of oil.

That’s the message that Canada’s two largest railways, CN and CP, have apparently sent to Canadian canola farmers.

In response to what the farmers are referring to as “dismal” rail service levels, they’ve added their voices to the chorus of dissent from prairie grain farmers in filing a formal complaint to The Canadian Transportation Agency. Read more…

It’s Time to Rethink Shipping Hazardous Freight by Rail Through Communities

It’s time to put the people first.

That’s the message that I have for Quebec Municipal Affairs Minister Pierre Moreau, who is defending the protracted length of time it’s taking to arrive at a decision about whether or not to reroute the rail line around the town of Lac-Megantic, rather than continue running the railway through the centre of it.

Moreau argues that all aspects of the issue need consideration. My opinion is that this issue is so far past that point that to even think about continuing to run a railway through the centre of town is beyond comprehension. Read more…


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