NTSB urges oil trains be routed away from population centers

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 23, 2014 - 11:58 PM

The recommendation would be extremely difficult to implement, industry and civic leaders say.

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spillguyJan. 24, 14 8:01 AM

Shows the mentality of the NTSB since there is a town along every rail about every 10 miles. How about something that will work. Every train carrying hazmat cargo of large quantities slows down to 10 mph in every town. Maybe these oil/ethanol trains don't need to be as long either. Maybe 50 car long trains instead of 110?

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wxyz123Jan. 24, 1412:57 PM

Railroad regulations need to catch up with the times. Just because the railroad tracks were built in ancient history, doesn't mean the regulations should remain there too.

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wxyz123Jan. 24, 14 3:18 PM

spillguy "Every train carrying hazmat cargo of large quantities slows down to 10 mph in every town.".....Please see today's StarTrib print edition - "July 6: A PARKED, unattended crude-oil train ROLLS away, crashes and explodes in Lax-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people in an inferno that destroys the town center." Going 10mph isn't the answer. Nobody wants this stuff coming through town.

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bigj111Jan. 24, 14 3:27 PM

unfortunately for the NTSB, they can urge all they want.....the railroads were built to connect major cities of commerce. Thus- that is where the tracks lead.

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tgotechMar. 3, 1412:15 PM

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