NTSB: Nation's rails remain vulnerable
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on November 29 recommended
that rail companies make important operational changes, including reducing
speeds in populated areas, to avoid another catastrophic accident like the
crash in Graniteville, S.C., in January that killed nine people.
FRA issues amended Emergency Order
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued revisions to Emergency
Order No. 24 on November 18. Generally, the revisions incorporate the information
provided in Questions and Answers published by FRA on November 4th. However,
FRA also addressed the three specific items contained in the Petition for
Amendment that the BLET filed on November 7th, and tightened the original
requirement with respect to switch point indicators. A copy of the revised
emergency order is available on the BLET website at the link provided at
the end of this article.
BLET's Kinsman begins 2006 campaign
Getting an early start and building momentum for the 2006 elections,
Brother James Kinsman - Chairman of the BLET's Wisconsin State Legislative
Board - has announced that he is running for political office in his home
Remote control locomotive collides
with UP freight train
A remotely controlled locomotive (RCL) pulling dozens of freight cars
collided with a Union Pacific freight train at UP's Fife Yard near Tacoma,
Wash., on November 13 at approximately 9:45 a.m. Pacific time.