Detroit bans remote control locomotives
Under the leadership of City Council President Mary Ann Mahaffey, the
City Council of Detroit, Mich., adopted a resolution on November 6 that
banned the use of remote control locomotives within the city limits and
called on the Federal Railroad Administration to adopt comprehensive regulations
governing use of the technology.
Detroit is the second U.S. city to pass a resolution banning remote control
locomotives, joining Baton Rouge, La., which passed similar legislation
on September 25.
Remote control hearings conclude
The three-way arbitration hearing regarding the carriers' assignment
of remote control operations to non-engineers took place in Chicago on November
18 and 19.
BLE to poll membership
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers is preparing to survey all of
its members in the next 60-90 days regarding the proposed merger with the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The purpose of the survey is to assist BLE leadership in structuring
the best possible merger agreement.
Canadian Pacific Railway's Holiday Train lights up New York as it crosses
the Hell's Gate Bridge during its yearly run through New York in December