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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 221
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: November 09, 2015 12:40PM

This Date in Railroad History


November 9, 2006
A Harsco Track Technologies rail grinder was moving on the Union Pacific Railroad when it derailed near Baxter, California. The rail grinder consisted of 2 modified locomotives and 11 specialized rail cars. Ten of the cars derailed. One UP conductor-pilot, one Harsco subcontractor cook, and eight Harsco employees, including one supervisor, were on board at the time of the accident. Two of the Harsco employees were killed. A fire broke out in the wreckage following the derailment. Monetary damage to the equipment and track was estimated to be $3.33 million. The NTSB determines that the probable cause of the derailment of the Harsco rail grinder was the failure of the braking system due to ineffective preaccident maintenance, inspections, and testing and the inappropriate brake recharging technique used by the A-end operator. A contributing factor was the failure of the Federal Railroad Administration to provide adequate safety oversight of rail grinders.
[www.ntsb.gov]

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Former Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611 pulled its final series of excursions scheduled for this year over the July 4th weekend. Two trips ran out of Roanoke, VA each of the three days-morning trips to Lynchburg over Norfolk Southern’s Blue Ridge District, and afternoon trips to Walton Junction over the Radford District. The powerful 4-8-4 pulled 22 car consists over 1.3 percent Christiansburg Grade, and 1.2 percent Blue Ridge Grade with little effort. The 22 cars were comprised of vintage coaches, lounge cars and observation cars, including three dome cars, plus a tool car. The trains were turned at Lynchburg and Walton Junction for the return trips. All six trips were sold out, with about 900 passengers on each trip.

This is Friday afternoon's run to Walton Junction crossing Roanoke River at Glenvar, VA.

Alex Mayes photo



Today's North American News


Get PTC done ASAP, Feinberg advises
[progressiverailroading.com]

Siemens to deliver new crop of diesel-electric locomotives to three states
[progressiverailroading.com]

USDOT awards $28 million to study Baltimore-D.C. maglev train line
[progressiverailroading.com]
and
Maryland's Maglev Train Gets First Round Of Federal Funding
[www.popsci.com]

Caltrain narrows list of candidates for electrification project
[progressiverailroading.com]

Anacostia promotes Shore, Bonner to VP posts
[progressiverailroading.com]

WMATA trains resume normal service at Stadium-Armory Station following fire
[progressiverailroading.com]

CP lands on Carbon Disclosure Project's 'leadership index'
[progressiverailroading.com]

Ohio Rep. Jordan tours Fritz-Rumer Cooke track project; Foxx visits Denver RTD
[progressiverailroading.com]

All Aboard Florida Unveils Colorful Trains, Reveals Orlando-to-Miami Line Name: "The Brightline"
[www.miaminewtimes.com]
and
Miami-Orlando train service gets new name, bold look
[www.sun-sentinel.com]

Second train derails in Wisconsin in 2 days, spills crude oil
[www.sent-trib.com]

Trash-can fire stops Amtrak train Monday morning
[www.9news.com]

Train boosters: fight over Adirondack track is far from over
[www.northcountrypublicradio.org]

Computer-driven trains are gradually coming back to Metro, but it'll still take a while
[greatergreaterwashington.org]

LIRR: Slip-slide conditions caused by leaves delays some trains
[www.newsday.com]

Bart Launches Program to Train People for Careers in Transit
[patch.com]

US House bill would require two person crews on trains
[news.prairiepublic.org]

Railroad hero honored in Homestead
[triblive.com]

Fatigued BNSF employees say 12-hour shifts compromise safety
[www.flatheadnewsgroup.com]

OSHA issues final rule for handling complaints of retaliation
[thehill.com]

BNSF reports higher quarterly profit even as revenue declines
[www.star-telegram.com]

New York would lose $95 million for transit under House bill
[www.lohud.com]

Coal Train Derails In Southeast Iowa
[www.wowt.com]

Highway Transportation Bill Rounds Out Safety Provisions for Auto, Freight
[www.claimsjournal.com]

Rail cars at the ready for South Dakota crops
[www.tristateneighbor.com]

Canadian Pacific Said to Explore Norfolk Southern Takeover
[www.bloomberg.com]

Museum of Science and Industry Sells Trains, Nets 400K
[chicagotonight.wttw.com]

More Siemens Charger diesel locomotives ordered
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Wabtec to supply PTC for Denver’s North Metro Line
[www.railwaygazette.com]

STB to hold rail service performance data meetings
[www.railwayage.com]

Low-emissions locos enter service in Chicago
[www.railjournal.com]

Overseas contractors vie to put US on faster track
[asia.nikkei.com]

Today's International News


Heavy rain affects suburban train services in Chennai
[timesofindia.indiatimes.com]

Tender for train route Bratislava-Banská Bystrica launched
[spectator.sme.sk]

GE to Help Modernize India''s Rail System -- Update
[www.nasdaq.com]
and
GE wins $2.6 billion order to supply 1,000 diesel locomotives to Indian Railways
[economictimes.indiatimes.com]

Haifa railway to go underground
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Trial Operation for 1st Coastal Express Railway in NE China
[english.cri.cn]

InterPanter EMUs enter service
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Caracas Line 5 opens to Bello Monte
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Bombardier to deliver 18 Traxx locomotives to Railpool
[www.railway-technology.com]

Cairo awards Line 3 metro equipment contracts
[www.railjournal.com]

Stop-Work Orders issued to two factories after fatal accidents
[www.channelnewsasia.com]

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