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July 2015

The Government of Canada and VIA Rail Canada announce major improvements


Ottawa – Transport Canada The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, and Mr. Yves Desjardins-Siciliano,President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail), announced today a significant investment to increase the safety and efficiency of VIA Rail’s Ottawa-Montreal rail … Continue reading

31 July 2015 | Posted in Transport Canada | Leave a comment


Railway crossing safety


The risk of trains and vehicles colliding at crossings remains too high. Background The risk of collisions between passenger trains and vehicles, particularly in the busy Quebec City–Windsor rail corridor was identified on the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB’s) … Continue reading

31 July 2015 | Posted in TSB | Leave a comment


Runaway rail car kicked loose by teen hits New York station


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS UTICA, N.Y. — Video surveillance footage released Friday shows a rail car that was accidentally set in motion by a 13-year-old boy ramming an antique locomotive into a train station, sending passengers waiting for a train scrambling … Continue reading

31 July 2015 | Posted in Railways | Leave a comment


Metrolinx plan for elevated train tracks put on hold in the Junction


By Gilbert Ngabo – Metro Plans for a controversial elevated train track near the Davenport Diamond have been put on hold by the province. The Ministry of Environment won’t launch an environmental assessment on the project until October — giving … Continue reading

31 July 2015 | Posted in Railways | Leave a comment


91 freight cars collide at Vaughan rail yard


Tim Kelly – Vaughan Citizen The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating a runaway train incident at a switching yard in Vaughan. According to a published report, a spokesman for CN Rail said there were no injuries when a … Continue reading

31 July 2015 | Posted in Railways | Leave a comment


New rail safety rules for Canada, U.S. reveal disparity in oversight


GRANT ROBERTSON – The Globe and Mail Canada and the United States have finalized new rules for securing trains in hopes of preventing disasters such as the deadly derailment at Lac-Mégantic, Que., where a runaway oil train exploded in the … Continue reading

30 July 2015 | Posted in Railways | Leave a comment


Transport Canada approves new rules to secure trains


Strengthening handbrake requirements and preventing runaway trains July 29, 2015 – Ottawa – Transport Canada Transport Canada issued the following statement on train securement: “Today we have reached another important milestone in response to recommendations from the Transportation Safety Board … Continue reading

30 July 2015 | Posted in Transport Canada | Leave a comment


NTSB study shows ECP brakes outperform other brake systems


Progressive Railroading As part of its ongoing investigation into a BNSF Railway Co. crude-oil unit train derailment that occurred on Dec. 30, 2013, in Casselton, N.D., the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Friday released a train braking simulation study. … Continue reading

29 July 2015 | Posted in Railways | Leave a comment


Canadian Pacific and Brotherhood of Railway Carmen reach tentative deal


Canadian Pacific (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) is pleased to announce that a tentative five-year agreement has been reached with the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen (BRC-TCU), a division of the Transportation and Communications Union/International Association of Machinists. The BRC represents employees … Continue reading

29 July 2015 | Posted in Railways | Leave a comment


Canadian companies look to steer clear of workplace injuries


Adam Groff Keeping employees and customers safe is a top priority for businesses all across Canada. If your business wants to improve its safety standards, there are a few pointers to remember. With workplace wellbeing in mind, here are a … Continue reading

29 July 2015 | Posted in Fatigue Management | Leave a comment