Entries Tagged as ‘Accidents’

Friday, March 2, 2007 at 8:59 pm

CN Safety Audit Released

Remember how the W-Five report on CN’s safety record mentioned a Transport Canada audit done on CN that couldn’t be released without CN’s consent? Well, a funny thing happened: CBC News filed an access to information request, and the audit was released today. It’s available online, in two parts: part one was an inspection of […]

Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Canadian Railway News Roundup

CN’s conductors and yard workers began returning to work earlier this week; CBC News and The Globe and Mail have some of the details of the tentative agreement and some background on the intra-union tensions (the Canadian branch may switch affiliations to the Teamsters). Final vote results due March 26. Let it never be said […]

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 8:27 pm

News Roundup: CN Labour Agreement, English Train Crash, Amtrak Collisions

CN and its striking conductors and yard workers reached a tentative deal yesterday, before the federal government could legislate an end to the strike (previously). The union is urging workers to return to work while the deal’s details are disseminated and voted upon. A train accident in northern England that killed one passenger and injured […]

Friday, February 23, 2007 at 5:13 pm

News Roundup: Norway Derailment, Ottawa Light Rail, CN Strike

Heavy snow derailed a Norwegian train between Bergen and Oslo on Monday morning; a second train sent in to assist got stuck in snowdrifts, so about 130 passengers were stuck on board for most of the day. No injuries. Ottawa’s light rail expansion project, killed in December, showed some signs of revival last week, but […]

Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 8:14 pm

CN’s Safety Record Gets on Television

Not a good day to be CN. W-Five, CTV’s investigative journalism program, takes a hard look at CN’s safety record in tonight’s edition, in a piece called “Off the Rails,” which I have just finished watching. If you’ve been following CN’s record of newsworthy train accidents — and yes, there have been a few — […]

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 9:27 am

Wasserauen Accident Coverage

If you can read German, there is more information about the storm that knocked over the train in Wasserauen, Switzerland (previously) in this story from the Basler Zeitung. If you can’t, there are at least some more photos of the accident site (an example of which at right). Via Zug & Eisenbahn Blog.

Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:24 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Blew in the Wind

Major wind storms struck Europe today, killing at least 47 people and disrupting transportation networks across the continent. Berlin’s new train station was closed after a two-ton girder fell onto a staircase but has since reopened; trains have been cancelled all over the place. This photo from Wasserauen, Switzerland explains why. Photo by Kecko. Update: […]

Monday, January 15, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Rail Cars Break Free, Hit Train in Kentucky

Details are sketchy at the moment because the story is still developing, but it seems that four rail cars in a CSX yard in Winchester, Kentucky somehow got loose, rolled onto the main track, and free-rolled — presumably downgrade — about 20 miles to Irvine, where they collided with a stationary CSX locomotive this morning. […]

Monday, January 15, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Avalanche Hits CN Coal Train

Via forwarded e-mail, news and photos of another CN accident on the same day as the Lytton derailment: an avalanche hit a CN coal train on what I gather is former BC Rail trackage in northern British Columbia. No injuries or serious issues, just an interesting situation. The original e-mailer, unknown to me, writes: “The […]

Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 10:21 am

Lytton Accident: Photos and Video

By any reasonable account, CN’s accident last week on its mainline near Lytton, BC was minor: it was as a result of a rockslide (so not — this time! — CN’s fault); no one was killed or seriously hurt; only diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid were leaked. So, 0 for 3 on culpability, casualties and […]