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February 12, 2016
Feds award grants for N.D. rail crossings
GRAND FORKS — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded more than $1 million in grants for improving rail crossings in North Dakota. Those crossings included one near Niagara, one west of Larimore and another near Devils Lake. Crossings near Epping and Ross will also see...
February 12, 2016 - 6:53am
August 15, 2015
First female engineer inducted into Railroad Hall of Fame
MANDAN, N.D.—When Ramona Dockter was a senior in high school, her brother asked her what she wanted to be. She told him that she wanted to work on the railroad like her father, and she did. For several months, 18-year-old Dockter worked as a brakeman alongside engineers...
August 15, 2015 - 6:38am
December 2, 2014
Minn. derailment poses no threat to public health
WADENA, Minn. -- About 18 cars derailed at 6:23 a.m. Monday four miles northwest of Wadena according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. Ten of the cars were empty tankers while the rest of the cars held sugar and corn meal. The sheriff’s office emphasized...
December 2, 2014 - 1:46pm
November 25, 2014
Why a Small North Dakota Town is Taking on Big Rail.
ENDERLIN, N.D., Nov 25 (Reuters) - After her shift at the TraXside Cafe in thesoutheast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin, all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. Unfortunately for the 38-year-old waitress the commute, which should only last a minute or two, can take a half-an-hour....
November 25, 2014 - 4:28pm
Casselton area rail upgraded
WASHINGTON — BNSF Railway has agreed to reinforce tracks in and around Casselton, N.D., where several trains have derailed in recent years, according to an announcement from North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Rep. Kevin Cramer. The upgrades are part of a...
November 25, 2014 - 7:21am
November 19, 2014
Putting America back on the rails
An accident in which somebody gets hurt can never be a “blessing in disguise.” But no one was injured in last week’s train derailment near Casselton, N.D. So, if the accident helps bring about bipartisan cooperation on rail safety and infrastructure repair — as is entirely...
November 19, 2014 - 8:19am
July 29, 2014
BNSF whittles down late cars
FARGO — Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway reported 3,908 past-due agricultural rail cars as of July 17, down about 14 percent from the previous week’s 4,561. The past-due single-car orders were an average of 26.6 days late, compared with 30.2 days the previous week. BNSF,...
July 29, 2014 - 8:06am
BNSF officials plan to move forward with doubling train speeds
DEVILS LAKE — Ed Fischer isn’t surprised that BNSF Railway balked Monday at postponing Friday’s scheduled doubling of speeds — from 30 to 60 mph — of some freight trains traveling through town to consider local safety concerns. “My biggest concern is that people still...
July 29, 2014 - 8:04am
July 17, 2014
Crossing repairs planned this morning
Damage to the railroad crossing at First Avenue in Jamestown will limit north-bound traffic to one lane until about noon today, according to the Jamestown City Engineer's Office. The damage to a crossing plank occurred early this morning. BNSF crews are planning to replace the...
July 17, 2014 - 8:21am
June 27, 2014
Plan: N.D. officials work on plan to set up state-run railroad inspection program
BISMARCK — North Dakota officials say they hope to bring to the Legislature next year a plan to create a state-run railroad inspection program to better monitor the heavy crude-by-rail traffic leaving the Bakken oilfields. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak has been working...
June 27, 2014 - 6:47am
June 18, 2014
Railroad overpass would create several problems
Jamestown is in dire need of an additional railroad overpass or underpass to help residents cope with ever-increasing train and vehicle traffic through downtown, while providing a dependable emergency route across the tracks. However, the Land Use and Transportation Plan (LUTP) in...
June 18, 2014 - 8:10am
June 16, 2014
After oil, natural gas may be next on North American rails
NEW YORK - As politicians debate the dangers of a massive increase in oil carried by rail in North America, railroads and energy producers are considering the same for natural gas. Buoyed by the unexpected success of crude by rail, companies are beginning to consider transporting...
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June 16, 2014 - 9:49am
June 11, 2014
Stamp ‘denied’ on oil trains’ secrecy requests
Fewer people would die on American highways if the U.S. government reimposed its nationwide 55 mph speed limit. But there’s no move in Congress to do so; and if anything, the trend among states is in the other direction. (On July 1, the speed limits on rural interstates in both...
June 11, 2014 - 10:13am
May 12, 2014
Delegation celebrates National Train Day
MINOT — The state’s congressional delegation and Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman gathered here on Saturday to celebrate how trains matter in the country. The gathering was one of more than 300 events across the country for the seventh annual National Train Day. While in...
May 12, 2014 - 7:03am
February 18, 2014
Cold and slow: As rail issues hamper business, industry leaders want solutions
FARGO — Elevator operators are perennial critics of railroad service for hauling grain, but many say delays are worse than ever this winter. The...
February 18, 2014 - 6:45am