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FRA advises railroads to address train-length safety concerns

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/28/2023) The Federal Railroad Administration yesterday issued a safety advisory that addresses accident mitigation and freight-train length. FRA issued the advisory to make sure railroads and rail employees are aware of the potential complexities associated with operating longer trains and that they take appropriate measures to address those complexities, the advisory states. Freight trains have been…

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FRA proposes rule that would require emergency breathing gear in locomotive cabs

(Source: 03/08/2023) The rule aims to protect train crews from inhalation hazards in the event of a hazardous materials spill following a derailment WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration today proposed a rule that would require railroads to provide emergency breathing apparatus for locomotive crews who are operating trains carrying hazardous materials that would…

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FRA proposes two-person train crew requirement

(Source: Progressive Railroading 07/27/2022) Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comments from the Association of American Railroads. The Federal Railroad Administration is proposing a rule that would require a minimum of two crew members on trains. What is sure to be a controversial rule, the proposed regulation would require at least two crew members for…

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