Amtrak proposes new Hudson River tunnels

Amtrak has proposed a plan to build two new tunnels under the Hudson River linking New Jersey and New York City. The tunnel project would also include replacement and expansion of the 100-year-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River in New Jersey between Kearny and Secauc [...]

Lawyer charged in BLET bribery allegation

The following statement was released Jan. 7 by United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven M. Dettelbach: “An information has been filed charging Robert L. (Pete) McKinney, age 59, of Houston, Texas, with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery in [...]

Ethanol cars derail, burn with fireball in Ohio

ARCADIA, Ohio — A Norfolk Southern train carrying 62 tank cars of denatured ethanol derailed here early Feb. 6, with many catching fire and creating what was described as a “huge fireball that could be seen for up to 15 miles.” No injuries were reported to t [...]

A crude romance reblossoms on rails

John D. Rockefeller and partner Henry Flagler made quite a fortune during the 19th century transporting crude oil by rail from Pennsylvania to Cleveland for refining, and then shipping the refined product via rail to consuming markets. Flagler later used his portion of the fo [...]

BNSF conductor loses leg in yard accident

WILLMAR, Minn. — A 31-year old BNSF conductor , a UTU Local 1177 member, suffered a leg amputation in a yard accident here Feb. 3 — the second UTU member to endure such an accident in 2011. Corey Lynn Kluver, the father of three young children, reportedly was maki [...]