Archive for March 7, 2018

FRA kicks off rail-crossing safety campaign

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/06/2018) The Federal Railroad Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have launched a $4.3 million campaign to educate the public about the dangers of railroad grade crossings. Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory announced the campaign at his swearing-in ceremony held last week. “This subject matter will always be close to my heart, having personally experienced on…

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UP slates $450 million for 2018 capex in Texas

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/06/2018) Union Pacific Railroad‘s 2018 capital expenditures program will include $450 million to upgrade and maintain its rail infrastructure in Texas, the Class I announced yesterday. The investment will cover a range of initiatives, including $320 million to maintain track and $94 million to maintain bridges in the state, UP officials said…

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Two trains derail in Centralia, Wash.; no injuries

(Source: KGW, March 5, 2018) CENTRALIA, Wash. — Two trains derailed in a Centralia rail yard Monday afternoon. No one was hurt. A BNSF train was slowly moving in reverse when it collided with a Union Pacific freight train entering the Centralia rail yard, according to BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. Full story: www.kgw.com Tuesday, March 6,…

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W.Va. teachers prove unity brings more pay

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, March 6, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands of West Virginia teachers are again hopeful about their future thanks to the announcement today that state lawmakers agreed to raise their pay by five percent, ending a nine-day strike. Teachers in the Mountain State took the dramatic action because they ranked…

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