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  • Fire burns at CN derailment of crude, propane near Plaster Rock

    Fire burned through the night and into the morning following the derailment of a CN Rail train hauling crude oil and propane in northwestern New Brunswick.

    Plaster Rock Fire Chief Tim Corbin said Wednesday morning that responders are waiting for daylight to determine how to proceed.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-br...rock-1.2488358

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    TSB recommendation to equip trains with voice recorders stalled


    A top priority recommendation from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada to equip all trains with locomotive voice and video recorders has been stalled by a fight over how rail companies might use the recordings of their employees.

    CBC News has learned the president of the union representing locomotive engineers and conductors at CN, CP and VIA Rail has filed a grievance and is arguing that only Transportation Safety Board officials should have access to on-board crew surveillance in the event of accidents.

    For more than a decade, the TSB has been demanding that locomotives — on both passenger and freight trains — be equipped with in-cab recorders for use in accident investigations.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/tsb-re...lled-1.2495458

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      CN Rail, union reach tentative deal that averts weekend strike

      CN Rail and the union representing some CN Rail workers have reached a tentative contract agreement, averting a potential strike by 3,000 workers that could have come as early as this weekend.

      Both sides said late Wednesday that details of the three-year contract won't be released until it is ratified by union members.

      Teamsters spokesman Stephane Lacroix described the negotiations as a "bit chaotic," but said CN came to the union with a series of proposals late in the day.

      "As a result, we're very happy to avoid a strike this weekend," Lacroix said, adding he hopes union members will ratify the agreement this time.


      More:
      http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/cn-rail-union-reach-tentative-deal-that-averts-weekend-strike-1.2524031

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      • #4
        TSB says CN Rail failed to report hundreds of derailments, collisions


        A continuing CBC News investigation into rail safety has found that Canada’s largest freight carrier CN Rail did not report to authorities more than 1,800 derailments and accidents, including 44 on key rail arteries.

        This came to light in 2005 when the Transportation Safety Board’s director of rail investigations says he became suspicious of a dramatic difference between CN’s accident numbers compared to other operators.


        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/tsb-sa...ions-1.2451186

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        • #5
          Runaway trains almost triple reported rate, CBC finds

          Two Decembers ago, a train rolled uncontrolled for 24 kilometres, reaching a speed of 100 kilometres an hour before eventually coming to a stop near the eastern Quebec town of Sept-Iles.

          Five months earlier, 33 CN cars escaped from a yard near Edmonton and travelled more than five kilometres onto a line carrying residues of gasoline, diesel fuel and sulphuric acid in their tanks. Cases like these — referred to technically as runaway rolling stock — happen on average 35 times a year, far more often than previously thought,

          CBC News has learned after examining a railway database kept by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB).


          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/runawa...inds-1.2448494

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          • #6
            Rail safety: TSB discovers companies not reporting all derailments


            Canada’s Transportation Safety Board has unearthed fresh problems with its rail safety database after finding railway companies did not report more than 100 accidents, minor derailments and incidents.

            TSB chief operating officer Jean Laporteconfirms his agency in December began a review of all rail carriers after a CBC News investigation revealed that CN Rail had not reported more than 1,800 mostly minor accidents and incidents between 2000 and 2007.


            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/rail-safety-t...ents-1.2598417

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            • #7
              Calgary bills CP Rail $500K for Alyth Yard train derailment

              The Calgary Fire Department says it has sent an invoice to Canadian Pacific Railway totalling more than $500,000 following a derailment at the Alyth Yard last September.

              Eight railcars carrying flammable liquids came off the tracks as a slow-moving train was heading northbound out of the CPR Alyth Yard in the city’s southeast on Sept. 11.

              The derailment forced some Inglewood residents out of their homes and had Calgary firefighters on scene around the clock.

              At the time, city officials said they would be sending CP an invoice for the cost of the response. The budget for the fire department is set by city council.

              "As we saw with that derailment, it was an extended time period over two days that tied up a lot of resources to work with CP and ensure public safety was being managed," said Ken Uzeloc, the fire department's deputy chief of operations.


              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...ment-1.2604563

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              • #8
                Gogama derailment shows feds need to act on train safety, MPPs say

                As crews continued to tackle a fire Sunday set off after 35 CN Rail cars carrying oil went off the tracks just outside of Gogama, Ont., the province's transportation minister and his caucus colleague went after the federal government for its rail safety record.​

                "The federal government, responsible for rail safety, must do more to protect our communities and the environment," tweeted Glenn Thibeault, Liberal MPP for Sudbury and parliamentary assistant to Ontario's environment minister.

                More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbur...-say-1.2986150

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