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Biden urges Congress to pass Rail Safety Act

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/06/2023) President Joe Biden is throwing his support behind the proposed bipartisan Rail Safety Act legislation introduced last week in the U.S. Senate. The bill would provide the federal government with measures that would hold railroads accountable to prevent train derailments like the one that occurred Feb. 3 in East Palestine, Ohio, Biden said…

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UP grain cars derail in Kansas

(Source: CBS News, March 5, 2023) A train with 18 cars filled with grain derailed just outside of Wellington, Kansas, on Saturday just after 5 p.m., Union Pacific confirmed in a statement to CBS News.  No one was injured in the derailment and no hazardous materials were involved, according to the railroad company. Full story:

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Despite toxic disaster, railroads still want single-person crews

(Source: CNN, March 4, 2023) The nation’s major freight railroads have long desired to have only one crew member, a lone engineer, in the cab of their locomotives. And that desire hasn’t changed despite the derailment of a Norfolk Southern train on February 3 that released toxic chemicals into the air, water and soil of East Palestine,…

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