Leaders of the nation's major freight railroads and the United Transportation Union entered into an agreement to operate locomotives by remote control late last year, and began the implementation of 'pilot projects' using the new technology in the Spring of 2002.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, which represents the craft of employees federally licensed to move and operate locomotives in the United States, protested the agreement as a violation of its collective bargaining agreements and long-standing established practices. The BLET also threatened to strike over this issue.

Hermiston, Oregon, says 'no' to remote controlled trains

BLET releases remote control hazard study

BLET lauds Congressman Capuano for support of remote control safety, security

Safety in Denver rail yards
(Investigative report by Denver television station CBS4)

Robot Railroads
A KCBS (Los Angeles) Special Assignment Investigation

Remote Controlled Union Pacific Train Crashes in Rail Yard
KSL (Salt Lake City, Utah)

On March 19, a remote control assignment working the north end of the yard derailed two box cars at the CSX terminal in Tampa, Fla.