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Broken rail with RCF evidence blamed for Ellicott City coal train derailment The derailment of a CSX coal train on a railroad bridge in Ellicott City, Md., on August 20, 2012, was caused by a broken rail with evidence of rolling contact fatigue (RCF), according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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The derailment of a CSX coal train on a railroad bridge in Ellicott City, Md., on August 20, 2012, was caused by a broken rail with evidence of rolling contact fatigue (RCF), according to the...
Union Pacific employees achieved a 1.01 reportable safety incident rate for the first half of the year (through June 30, 2014), matching the best-ever rate achieved in the first half of 2011.   "The safety of our...
Kansas City Southern (KCS) made several organizational changes within the operations department. Mike Naatz has been promoted from senior vice president and chief information officer to senior vice president operations support and chief information officer. Naatz...
The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, Inc. (NRC), appointed Christian Jostlein, safety manager at Holland LP, as the new chairman of the NRC Safety Committee. Jostlein replaces outgoing Chair Tammy Mathews, corporate safety, health...
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to implement a series of new and enhanced safety initiatives to better ensure the safety of its customers and employees.   The safety investments are based on new mandates; recommendations by...

Watco Companies named Dan Smith Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (EVP, COO). In this position, Dan will be responsible for overseeing the operational performance, organizational development and process improvements of Watco's Operating Divisions.   Smith's...
A report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) has made 81 recommendations to improve the performance of the nation's freight transportation system. These recommendations will be used to inform...
Union Pacific will strengthen Wisconsin's transportation infrastructure by investing $6.1 million in the rail line between Milwaukee and near Sheboygan, Wis. The project, funded entirely by Union Pacific, began June 10 and is scheduled to...
Over the past four years, the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, Inc. (NRC), has made financial contributions to a variety of university rail education and training programs in an effort to support up-and-coming professionals...
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved 11 highway-rail grade crossing projects in Hamilton, Hancock, Sandusky, Portage, Erie, Butler and Paulding counties.   Norfolk Southern will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at Main...