Business, Logistics

New, Safer US Rail Cars Gather Dust Even as Ethanol Trains Grow Longer

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While crossing a small wooden bridge in northwestern Iowa on March 16, 20 rail tank cars in a mile-long train transporting ethanol flew off the tracks, sending fireballs into the sky as thousands of gallons of the biofuel leaked into the creek below.

March 20, 2017

Oil Tank Car Manufacturing to Remain Steady Despite Decline in Shipping

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As the amount of crude oil being shipped by rail declines, it is unlikely that Watertown-based New York Air Brake will see a drop in business for the time being.

Brian Molongoski | Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times
January 9, 2017
Government, Business

California Rail Transit Authority Blocks Tanker Deliveries

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The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Authority, or SMART, prevented a North Coast freight operator from delivering a dozen more railcars filled with an estimated 396,000 gallons of flammable gas to a storage site south of Sonoma, escalating tensions between the rail agencies.

Derek Moore | The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
October 4, 2016

Despite Fears, Number of Oil Trains Increasing at Port of Tacoma

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The Union Pacific oil train that derailed June 3 in Mosier, Oregon, rolled into the Port of Tacoma on June 19 with little notice, despite the intense scrutiny its wreck, spill and fire attracted to the expanding practice of shipping crude oil by rail through the Columbia River gorge and the greater Pacific Northwest.

Derrick Nunnally | The (Tacoma, Wash.) News Tribune
June 20, 2016

Minnesota Town Hit by News of Polar Tank Trailer Closing Manufacturing Plant

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HOLDINGFORD, Minn. — Mild shock waves can be felt throughout a Central Minnesota community as it prepares to lose a major manufacturing facility.

Vicki Ikeogu | St. Cloud (Minn.) Times
March 15, 2016
Business, Government

AAR Appeals DOT Tank Car Safety Rules

The Association of American Railroads has challenged the Department of Transportation’s tank car safety rules at the U.S. Court of Appeals after the agency rejected the trade group’s bid to have the agency revise its standards.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
November 25, 2015

Artur Express Launches Tank Unit

Artur Express Inc. announced that it has added a new tanker division.

June 15, 2015
Business, Fuel

US, Canada Release Harmonized Rail Safety Rules

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The U.S. Department of Transportation and Transport Canada released a “harmonized” final tank car safety rule that is meant to avert all rail accidents involving crude by rail and other volatile hazardous materials.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
May 1, 2015
Government, Business, Fuel

NTSB Urges Increased Safety Requirements for Oil Tank Cars

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The National Transportation Safety Board on April 6 urged hazardous material regulators to step up requirements for replacing or retrofitting tank railcars that carry flammable liquids such as crude oil and ethanol with better thermal protection.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 7, 2015
Business, Fuel

Type of Oil Car in West Virginia Fire May Be Rolling for Years

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Oil tank cars like those that ruptured in a train derailment in rural West Virginia on Feb. 16, sending a massive fireball into the sky and forcing evacuation of nearby homes, could be rolling through U.S. cities for years to come.

Jim Snyder | Bloomberg News
February 19, 2015