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Train accidents stir worries about crude transport

Train accidents stir worries about crude transport

At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions.

February 17, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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US officials call for more safety for oil by rail

US officials call for more safety for oil by rail

U.S. transportation officials on Thursday pressed for companies to come up with safer ways to transport oil on the nation’s rail lines following some explosive accidents as crude trains proliferate across North America.

January 16, 2014 2:45 pm Photos

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MRL freight train derails near Superior; 4 cars in river

MRL freight train derails near Superior; 4 cars in river

SUPERIOR — Twenty-three freight cars lie in tangled wreckage above and in the Clark Fork River after an early morning derailment four miles east of Superior on Wednesday.

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Cheyenne redesigns RR crossing to make quieter

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne city officials say they're almost finished redesigning a railroad crossing to make that part of town quieter for guests in nearby hotels.

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MRL celebrates 25 years with train rides for employees

MRL celebrates 25 years with train rides for employees

LAUREL — Montana Rail Link President Tom Walsh sat inside a soon-to-be crowded 1916 passenger coach car and looked out the window at the hundreds of people lined up outside, waiting to join him.

October 07, 2012 5:30 pm Photos

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Montana rail line reopened after fiery derailment

Montana rail line reopened after fiery derailment

ISMAY — A Montana rail line is open again three days after a freight train's derailment caused six cars carrying a fuel additive to explode in a fiery cloud.

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Guest opinion: Railroads, coal development benefit Montana

Reading the letters to the editor regarding coal train traffic has been humorous at best, and mean-spirited at worst. Coal has and will continue to be important to our national economic vitality in general and our state in particular.

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Rail car makes 16-mile run on its own

HELENA — BNSF Railway officials say a single flatbed car got away from a bridge crew working about 40 miles southeast of Great Falls and traveled 11 miles down the tracks and five miles back before being stopped by a rail crane.

April 18, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…

Derailment of empty rail cars near Birdseye investigated

HELENA -- .A five-car train derailment near Birdseye remains under investigation, according to officials.

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Guest opinion: Let's work together to bring back passenger train

When Montana Advocates for Passenger Rail Service first started we had to agree that in pushing for the southern route we would not let it replace the northern route, the Empire Builder.

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Billionaire buys part of Tongue River Railroad

Forrest Mars, billionaire former chief executive of Mars Inc., has purchased about one-third of a controversial planned coal railroad that would run through his Montana property.

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Bozeman boxcar rolls away from loading dock, derails

BOZEMAN — Montana Rail Link officials are investigating after a boxcar partially loaded with grain rolled away from a loading dock, traveled across a road and derailed on the east side of Bozeman.

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New program curbs train horn noise in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature this year allocated $5 million for matching grants to help communities that would like to dampen the noise from passing trains.

March 14, 2011 12:00 pmLoading…
Rawlins students learn train history riding leg of Union Pacific line

Rawlins students learn train history riding leg of Union Pacific line

RAWLINS — The Union Pacific train conductor bent low, dark blue vest and coat hanging from his slight frame. Jim Coker popped both eyebrows above his spectacles and sang a question below a trim gray mustache.

September 30, 2010 10:13 pmLoading…

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