Archive for January 12, 2018

2018 BLET Scholarship Directory

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 12 — Each year, the BLET National Division compiles a list of scholarship opportunities available to the children of BLET members. Numerous financial aid opportunities are published here in the 2018 BLET Scholarship Directory. The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members and their families with contact information for…

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UP estimates $6 billion benefit in 2017 from new tax law

(Source Progressive Railroading 01/12/2018) Union Pacific Railroad estimates that changes in the new tax law will provide a nearly $6 billion boost to the railroad’s 2017 earnings. The Class I earlier this week disclosed the estimated impact from the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The $5.8…

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NTSB issues safety recommendations to UP, FRA and AAR

(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/12/2018) The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday issued four safety recommendations after investigating two railroad accidents. The recommendations stem from the board’s investigations of a railroad employee fatality involving Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas City, Kansas, and a BNSF Railway Co. crude-oil train derailment near Heimdal, North Dakota. In the UP case, a foreman died Sept. 29,…

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House Dems introduce train safety bill after deadly Amtrak crash

(Source: The Hill, January 11, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation meant to accelerate the implementation of a key train safety feature, a move that follows December’s deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state. Full story: The Hill Friday, January 12, 2018

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NTSB releases probable cause of 2015 oil train derailment at Heimdal, N.D.

(Source: Forum News Service, January 11, 2018) HEIMDAL, N.D. — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final accident report and safety recommendations nearly three years after a fiery oil tanker train crash in north-central North Dakota that spilled 96,400 gallons of crude oil in the area. Full story: Duluth News Tribune Friday, January 12,…

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