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  • Man dies after his vehicle carrying 2,000 pounds of missing railway plates overturns

    07/22/2017 9:25:30 AM PDT · by csvset · 64 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 21 July 2017 | Jeff Hampton
    Man dies after his vehicle carrying 2,000 pounds of missing railway plates overturns By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot Jul 21, 2017 Updated 13 hrs ago AULANDER, N.C. A man died Tuesday after he lost control of his vehicle loaded with more than 100 railway plates missing from a work area. Tarris Lamont Wilkins, 40, of Windsor, died at the scene about 7 a.m. on Brick Mill Road north of Windsor, said 1st Sgt. Rodney Sawyer of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The 1995 Ford Explorer was loaded with more than 100 rail plates weighing about 2,000 pounds, he said....
  • The Japanese have shown the ultra-modern luxury train. Photo

    05/14/2017 5:01:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mice Times Asia ^ | May 14, 2017
    The East Japan Railway company sent to the first journey of the ultramodern train Train Suite Shiki-shima, for which tickets are booked until March next year. Train Train Suite Shiki-shima called “boutique on wheels”. It is designed for only 34 passengers and consists of ten cars, which placed 17 of the compartment, restaurant and lounge. According to The Japan Times, the creation is invested 5 billion yen, equivalent to $44.5 million Train Suite Shiki-shima should be three tourist routes, beginning in Tokyo and passing through the various prefectures of the country. The interiors of the trains was developed by the...
  • Where NOT to take your prom pictures: The railroad tracks

    04/25/2017 3:40:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 60 replies
    News & Observer ^ | 4/24/17 | RICHARD STRADLING
    RALEIGH The state Department of Transportation is warning people not to use railroad tracks as the setting for their prom or graduation photos this spring. NCDOT is working with the Department of Public Instruction to ask high school yearbook staff advisers to notify students and photographers of the dangers posed by taking photos on or near railroad tracks. The agencies urge yearbooks not to publish any. The warning comes after a college student and aspiring model was hit and killed by a train during a photo shoot in the small Texas town of Navasota last month. Fredzania Thompson, 19, heard...
  • Three cheers for the new Underground Railroad

    02/26/2017 11:46:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 26, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    We keep hearing rumors about this even though it’s very hard to track down specifics. Word on the street is that various groups, including churches, are preparing to assist illegal immigrants by either providing them with shelter or facilitating their plans to flee to Canada. Without more documentation it’s hard to be entirely sure, but with this much smoke it’s certainly possible that there is at least a bit of fire underneath. Another report has emerged on this, although it’s from Buzzfeed, so take it with whatever size grain of salt you feel appropriate. Churches across the US are fighting...
  • CT Senator Richard Blumenthal almost hit by speeding train while talking about commuter rail safety

    02/09/2017 8:19:21 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 19 replies
    New Yor Daily News ^ | 04/19/2014 | Michael Sorrentino
    A speeding train barreled right through U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D-Conn.) Friday press conference that was, ironically, on commuter rail safety. “Safety as you know it is paramount …” Blumenthal said just before an Amtrak train whizzed by near him, pausing the conference. Video of the moment from KHON2 shows the politician at the Milford, Conn., train station on a narrow platform where he is standing near the yellow warning strip, while he and another man standing even closer to the tracks held a visual aid from blowing away as the train breezed by.
  • Berkshire is accused in NY lawsuit of workers' comp 'siphoning'

    09/12/2016 2:22:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 12, 2016 | Jonathan Stempel
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc has been sued by a New York bicycle courier company over an alleged illegal scheme to cheat employers buying workers' compensation policies. The complaint, filed late Friday by Breakaway Courier Systems, came as Berkshire's Applied Underwriters unit faces scrutiny over its workers' compensation policies, including some that have been banned by California, Vermont and Wisconsin. Breakaway, with about 300 employees, accused Berkshire and Applied of "siphoning" premiums through a web of illegal shell companies, with diverted premiums going to unlicensed out-of-state insurers. The plan amounted to a "reverse Ponzi scheme" where unsuspecting employers expecting to buy affordable...
  • Freight Rail Traffic Plunges: Haunting Pictures of Transportation Recession

    05/06/2016 12:39:42 PM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 40 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | Wolf Richter | 4 May 2016
    292 Union Pacific engines idled in Arizona Desert Total US rail traffic in April plunged 11.8% from a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported today. Carloads of bulk commodities such as coal, oil, grains, and chemicals plummeted 16.1% to 944,339 units. - snip - Only five of the 20 commodity categories saw gains. Of the decliners, coal was the biggest. But petroleum products also plunged 25%, and grain mill products dropped 7%. Even without coal, carloads were down 3% year-over-year.
  • Amtrak train derails south of Philadelphia

    04/03/2016 7:18:45 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 3 | Staff
    PHILADELPHIA - An accident involving an Amtrak train near Philadelphia has led to the temporary shutting down of the Northeast Corridor service between New York and the accident site for Amtrak, one of the nation's busiest stretch of train tracks. In a statement, Amtrak said the Palmetto 89 train "operating from New York City to Savannah, Ga., struck a backhoe that was on the tracks and derailed the lead engine south of Philadelphia."
  • China Tests New ICBM from Railroad Car

    12/22/2015 10:23:10 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 21, 2015 | Bill Getz
    U.S. intelligence agencies recently monitored a Chinese test of a new rail car-based long-range missile capable of hitting targets throughout the United States. The canister ejection test of a DF-41 missile from a rail-mobile launcher was detected on Dec. 5 in western China, said defense officials familiar with reports of the test. Few details were available on the DF-41 launcher ejection test.
  • Here's The Real Reason Obama Killed The Keystone XL Pipeline

    11/09/2015 6:44:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/09/2015
    President Obama has junked the Keystone XL pipeline. His stated reason: The U.S. needs to lead the "serious action to fight climate change." His real reason is different. 'America," Obama said, is "now a global leader" in the climate war, "and frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership." He insists now is the time to "protect the one planet we've got while we still can." Though his rhetoric will resonate with those who want to hear that sort of bunkum, the rest of us recognize its vast emptiness. Obama's decision Friday was based on nothing more than...
  • Man on Cellphone Killed By Train in South Florida

    10/22/2015 5:00:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 10/22
    Authorities say a man talking on his cellphone was killed by a train in South Florida. West Palm Beach police say the man was walking near the Regional Transportation Authority tracks Thursday afternoon when he was hit. The Palm Beach Post reports that witnesses told police the man was hit after going under crossing gates. Police didn't immediately identify the man.
  • GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash

    05/14/2015 6:42:56 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Got News.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    BREAKING: GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash UPDATED W/ PHOTOS! May 13, 2015 by Charles C. Johnson 184 Comments Gotnews.com has independently identified the engineer at the center of the Amtrak crash that has killed at least seven. Brandon Bostian is the 32-year-old gay man who lawyered up after a deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The train was reportedly going twice the speed limit.
  • Three oligarchs sell half of Latvian transport company to Russian Railways

    05/03/2015 11:17:19 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-04-13 | The Baltic Times
    According to information from the Lursoft database, Russian Railways, through an Amsterdam registered affiliate RZDL Multimodal, has purchased 50% of the shares of logistics company Liepājas Oil Transit (LNT). The remaining shares of the company, through a number of firms, are owned by former Prime Minister Andris Skeles’ family, former politician Ainārs Šlesers and Ventpils Mayor Aivars Lembergs’ representative, considered to be Ansis Sormulis’ brother, Ivars Sormulis, as well as Russia citizen, Elena Volkova.
  • Federal complaint details Acampo man’s arrest on terrorism charge

    03/18/2014 1:36:59 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 17, 2014 11:18pm updated 12:14am | Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
    The FBI secretly kept tabs on Nicholas Michael Teausant for six months, having a confidential informant meet with him repeatedly in Stockton at breakfast joints, a park and a flea market as the 20-year-old student allegedly spun his vision of jihad against the United States. Federal court papers say Teausant talked for months of his desire to train fighters in Syria, to bomb the Los Angeles subway system over the New Year’s Day holiday and to spark a civil war that would topple the U.S. government. :snip: In Internet postings quoted in the complaint, as well as conversations Teausant had...
  • China seeks strategic foothold in Israel

    03/25/2014 11:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.03.2014 | Blair Cunningham
    The continued threat of economic boycotts targeting Israel hasn’t deterred China from forging ahead with a new freight rail link through Israel. The planned link could provide an alternative to the Suez Canal. The project would connect the 300-plus kilometers between Eilat on the Red Sea and Ashdod Port on the Mediterranean. And it could be the chance for China to gain a foothold in the region. …
  • Hey, How's America's Rail Security Doing?

    01/14/2015 4:51:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    With vengeance-seeking global jihadists on the loose here and around the world, now is a good time to ask (again): Are we ready for a nefarious terrorist attack on our train and transit lines? Smoke and fire plagued two of the nation's major metro rail stations this week, raising justified questions about safety and preparedness. On Monday, one person died and 84 fell ill after heavy smoke filled the L'Enfant Plaza Metro in Washington, D.C. Officials believe an "electrical arcing event" caused the lethal Beltway incident. A probe into the cause of the arcing -- as well as an investigation...
  • Warren Buffett's Massive Railroad Lobby

    11/19/2014 8:07:04 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 41 replies
    Muckety ^ | May 5, 2014 | Laurie Bennett
    What do train whistles and Warren Buffett have in common? If you answered old-fashioned charm, you’re wrong. The Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think tank, calls the avuncular billionaire “the man behind the exploding trains.” Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns Union Tank Car Company, North America’s largest leaser of tank cars. Berkshire also owns BNSF Railway Company, which moves many of those cars.
  • The surprising comeback of train travel

    10/22/2014 4:25:31 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 89 replies
    CNN Travel ^ | October 189, 2014 | Jareen Imam
    It's been 21 years, and John Moore still eagerly leans against his passenger window to watch the landscape pass by as the train he commutes on every day roars over the Moodna Viaduct in Cornwall, New York. The green hills and vibrant leaves just below the elevated track make the trestle one of the prettiest scenes on the 57-year-old's trip. For more than two decades, the senior business analyst has been traveling about 67 miles for work from his home in Cornwall to lower Manhattan. His total commute time is 2˝ hours each way.
  • The Space Shuttle On Rails

    08/23/2014 4:25:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Txchnologist ^ | July 14th, 2014 | Txchnologist staff
    On a clear July day in 1966, New York Central Railroad engineer Don Wetzel and his team boarded a specially modified Buddliner railcar. Bolted to the roof above them were two GE J47-19 jet engines. Wetzel throttled the engines up and tore down a length of track from Butler, Indiana, to Stryker, Ohio, at almost 184 mph, piloting the experimental vehicle into the record books as the world’s fastest jet-powered train.
  • Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm: Bakken oil threatened by safety missteps

    05/23/2014 3:14:34 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 9 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 5/23/14 | James MacPherson
    AP Content - Excerpt only BISMARCK, N.D. — The godfather of North Dakota’s present oil bonanza predicted the state’s crude production will double to 2 million barrels daily by decade’s end, but warned industry officials Thursday that future safety missteps would threaten that.