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September 2020

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Fargo man accused of trying to derail train near Casselton faces life in prison

(Source: Inforum, September 17, 2020)FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo man could face life in prison if convicted of trying to ...
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Federal grants awarded to improve freight rail and multimodal traffic flows

(Source: Freight Waves, September 16, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Expanding local freight rail networks and facilitating multimodal access were among the ...
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UP failed to accommodate hearing-impaired conductor

(Source: Business Insurance, September 16, 2020)CHICAGO — A railroad failed to reasonably accommodate a hearing-impaired conductor who was terminated, a ...
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NTSB renews call for mandated cameras on locomotives

An overhead view of the collision scene near Carey, Ohio. Two CSX trains collided on August,12, 2019. Photo – CSX/NTSB ...
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Grain shippers brace for tight rail market

(Source: Freight Waves, September 15, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — As U.S. grain producers prepare for the 2020-21 crop year, one concern ...
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Hurricane Sally expected to douse crucial east-west roads and railroads

(Source: Supply Chain Dive, September 15, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Road and rail along the east-west artery of Interstate 10 is ...
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Pacific Harbor Line and BLET sign new agreement

LOS ANGELES, Calif. and INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. (PHL) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen ...
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Mega ship CMA CGM Brazil arrives at PANYNJ

The CMA CGM Brazil arrived at the port on Sept. 12. Photo – (Source: Progressive Railroading 09/15/2020) Port Authority ...
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BNSF names first female CEO of a major U.S. railroad

(Source: Reuters, September 14, 2020)NEW YORK — BNSF, the railroad unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., on Monday named ...
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NTSB releases preliminary report on July UP derailment in Tempe, Ariz.

(Source:, September 10, 2020)PHOENIX, Ariz. — The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday released its preliminary report on the ...
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Report: Shippers using U.S. West Coast ports can’t book rail on BNSF, UP

(Source: American Journal of Transportation, September 11, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Northern California logistics consultant was unable to book containers ...
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NTSB: No criminal activity involved in UP train derailment

Of the 12 derailed cars, three tank cars were loaded with hazardous material cyclohexanone, a combustible liquid. Photo – ...
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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - UP Western Region GCA represents locomotive engineers working in the Western Region of the Union Pacific Railroad, which encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and portions of Nevada. We also represent members on the Portland & Western Railroad as well as the Portland Terminal Railroad.

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