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Leaders ask Oregon, Washington governors to ban oil-by-train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland and Multnomah County leaders on Tuesday urged the governors of Oregon and Washington to push Congress for a permanent ban on oil-by-rail in the wake of a fiery train derailment along the Columbia River. The June 3 derailment in the town of Mosier showed transporting oil by train is dangerous and unnecessary and should be ...

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Oregon train derailment spills oil, sparks fire

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A train towing cars full of oil derailed Friday in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, sparking a fire that sent a plume of black smoke high into the sky. The accident happened around noon near the town of Mosier, about 70 miles east of Portland. It involved eight cars filled with oil, and one was burning, ...

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Thanksgiving getaway 2015: Cheap gas but fears of terrorism

LOS ANGELES — That other Thanksgiving tradition — congested highways and jammed airports — is getting underway with gas prices low and terrorism fears high. An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend, according to the motoring organization AAA. That would be ...

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Repairs done, Union Pacific reopens Texas line after floods

CORSICANA, Texas — Repairs have been completed on some washed-out tracks in North Texas blamed for a weekend derailment that sent two locomotives into floodwaters. A Union Pacific spokesman says the line about 4 miles north of Corsicana reopened at 7:45 a.m. CDT Wednesday. Spokesman Jeff DeGraff (duh-GRAF’) says work will continue to finish the cleanup and clear out equipment. ...

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Cleanup continues from North Texas derailment during storms

CORSICANA, Texas (AP) — Cleanup crews are dumping gravel to firm up an area near two overturned locomotives that derailed during North Texas flooding. A Union Pacific spokesman said Tuesday that crews are working to rebuild track washed away during storms north of Corsicana. Two crewmembers swam to safety after much of the 64-car train derailed early Saturday during storms ...

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Train carrying crude oil derails in northern Ontario

GOGAMA, Ontario — CN Rail says a train carrying crude oil derailed in northern Ontario, setting off a fire at the site. There are no reports of injuries. It’s the third CN oil train derailment in northern Ontario in less than a month, and the second in the same area. CN spokeswoman Emily Hamer says the crew on the eastbound ...

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Amtrak: Delays up, ridership down in Illinois

Amtrak ridership dropped an average of 4 percent in Illinois on downstate corridors with connections to Chicago in fiscal 2014, the passenger railroad reported Tuesday, putting much of the blame on late arrivals and departures caused by freight train interference. The problem of freight congestion blocking passenger trains is affecting Amtrak service across the Midwest and also stretching from Chicago ...

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New Wyoming rail yard takes opportunistic track

A new crude-to-rail operation has begun operating in Casper, Wyoming, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. On Tuesday, Granite Peak Development unveiled its brand new $60 million crude-to-rail facility. The new facility is heavily focused on serving the Express Pipeline, which begins in Canada and connects to the Platte Pipeline, which runs to Illinois from Casper. This facility is unlike any ...

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Call for policy after rail merger fails

Canadian Pacific Railway’s CEO is expected to call for a “comprehensive North American transportation policy” Tuesday, a day after the railroad said merger talks with CSX had ended. E. Hunter Harrison, Canadian Pacific’s CEO, saw the merger as a way to ease congestion, particularly around the bottlenecks that have developed in the Chicago area, promote competition and improve shareholder value. ...

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Passenger trains experiencing major delays due to energy boom

The energy boom responsible for the dramatic spike in rail freight traffic is causing huge headaches for passenger train companies throughout the country, according to the New York Times. In areas like the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and Montana, rail lines are now moving more than a million barrels of oil per day, causing passenger trains—such as Amtrak—to ...

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