Entries Tagged as ‘Accidents’

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 8:32 am

CN Strike and Accident Update

With workers in some areas on strike or locked out and others reporting for work, the union side of the CN strike seems to be in chaos, and now the Canadian labour minister announced plans to legislate an end to the strike yesterday. The previous round of strikes had a major impact on Canada’s trade […]

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 8:26 am

Rail Runner Races Fire

A controlled burn near Albuquerque got out of control; during live TV coverage of the fire (in fact, just as they were cutting away), a New Mexico Rail Runner commuter train appeared to go right past the flames. And there was much consternation, though apparently no real risk. Via Techyum.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 9:31 am

News Roundup

Rail stocks soared yesterday when it was revealed that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is now the largest single shareholder in BNSF. Apparently, people think he knows something. But rail stocks have been hot for a while. Former VIA Rail chairman Jean Pelletier won another court case last month, this one a wrongful-dismissal case against the […]

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 10:39 am

ONR Derailment Spills Sulphuric Acid

Two dozen cars of a 33-car Ontario Northland train derailed on Friday near Engelhart, Ontario, a small community in the Timiskaming region of northern Ontario. Several of the cars contained sulphuric acid: one spilled its contents — about 100 tons’ worth — into the Blanche River; another four were leaking. The spill was contained on […]

Friday, March 16, 2007 at 10:21 pm

Sacramento Trestle Destroyed by Fire

A major fire that has destroyed a 400-metre wooden trestle in Sacramento is being deemed suspicious by authorities. The fire, which began last night, has disrupted freight and Amtrak traffic and could be seen for miles; the burning creosote timbers also triggered some health and air quality advisories (News10, Sacramento Bee). The trestle was still […]

Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 8:08 am

Mudslides Knock Out CPR Main Line

The problem is, once you start covering minor rail accidents in Canada (and in British Columbia in particular), you’re kind of obligated to continue. Still, this story about mudslides in the Fraser Canyon — not far from the site of CN’s spectacular Lytton derailment — that have closed the Trans-Canada Highway for up to a […]

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 3:10 pm

VIA Update: No Pelletier Appeal, Tracks Reopened

The government of Canada will not appeal a federal court ruling ordering it to reinstate Jean Pelletier as chairman of VIA Rail. Back in March 2004, Pelletier was fired by then-Prime Minister Paul Martin over comments he made about former VIA employee (and Olympic gold medallist) Myriam Bédard. (I blogged about it at the time: […]

Monday, March 12, 2007 at 3:45 pm

CSX Accidents

A CSX derailment this morning in Oneida, New York caused a propane explosion that closed a highway and suspended Amtrak service in the area. Meanwhile, on Saturday night two men were struck and killed by a CSX train in Smithfield, North Carolina. And on Sunday morning, two people were killed when the car they were […]

Monday, March 12, 2007 at 9:51 am

VIA Rail Accident Roundup

VIA Rail trains in the Corridor have had a spate of bad luck in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, train no. 85 from Toronto to Sarnia clipped a car at a level crossing west of Guelph: a child in the car was killed, and two women were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries; no one on the […]

Monday, March 5, 2007 at 8:14 pm

CN Daily Accident Report

This is getting ridiculous. CN had another derailment in B.C. on Saturday — about one-third of the cars of a 90-car grain train left the tracks on the CN mainline near Blue River. Fortunately, grain is hardly a hazardous material, and it was cleaned up; there were no injuries. And, half a continent away, they […]