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Pan Am Railways train derails in Lawrence, Mass., and no one was injured.

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

LAWRENCE, Mass., July 11 (UPI) --A 14-car train derailed Friday morning in Lawrence, Mass., causing no injuries.

Eight cars of the Pan Am Railways freight train came off the track around 11 a.m., Lawrence firefighter Chad Nickerson told the Boston Globe.

 

The four cars at the front of the train and two locomotives at the back stayed on the tracks.

 

Deputy Fire Chief John McInnis said no one was injured in the accident and no hazardous materials were s...

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BLET to open new Education & Training Center

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

CLEVELAND, July 18 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen is proud to announce the opening of its state-of-the-art Education & Training Center. Located at BLET National Division headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, the new facility will host its first class on July 21, 2014 — a workshop for BLET General Chairman.

 

Construction of and equipment for the Training Center was funded primarily by a grant from the Teamsters Rail Conference. The new tech...

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MetLife provides grief counseling resources for comfort and support

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

CLEVELAND, July 16 — Facing a loss is never easy, and how you cope and grieve is very personal. No matter the circumstances, whether it’s a death, an illness, a divorce, or even a child leaving home, there are resources that can help.

 

BLET members covered by the MetLife Group Term Life portion of the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan (GA-23000) and the NRC/UTU Health and Welfare Plan (GA- 690100) are hereby advised that they are eligible for fr...

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BLET, Operation Lifesaver condemn train hopping

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

CLEVELAND, June 26 — Operation Lifesaver, Inc. has taken the lead in condemning a recent magazine article that glorifies railroad trespassing and train hopping. Dennis R. Pierce, National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, said the BLET supports Operation Lifesaver’s position and also objected to the article.

 

Published in the June 10 issue of Outside Magazine, the article titled “My Train-Hopping Odyssey Through the America...

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Standard Building to be sold

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

CLEVELAND, June 30 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen has sold its landmark Standard Building to Weston, Northeast Ohio’s largest privately held industrial building owner and manager, in a deal that is scheduled to close on Monday, June 30.

 

Built in 1924 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Standard Building – originally named the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Cooperative National Bank Building – is an elegant 21-...

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BLET mourns loss of National Division staff accountant Denise Sears

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

CLEVELAND, July 11 — The National Division is saddened to announce the passing of our colleague, staff accountant Denise Sears following a long battle with illness on July 3, 2014. She was 60 years old.

 

Denise is survived by her beloved son, Joshua Allen, grandson Joshua Allen, Jr., father and stepmother, James and Sylvia Hill, Sr., sisters Terrie Kelly and Deborah (Stephen) Howard and brother James Hill, Jr. She leaves behind many loving cousins and friends. Denise ...

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State buys property to expand Portland container terminal

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Expansion of the International Marine Terminal in Portland could begin this summer, after the Maine Department of Transportation bought about 15 acres of land and railroad lines along Commercial Street.

Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot confirmed Monday the department finalized the purchase of about 15 acres from Pan Am Railways.

 

Talbot did not have information on the purchase price, but said the acreage along West Commercial Street to Cassidy P...

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City votes to appeal Newington's approval of Sea-3 expansion

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

PORTSMOUTH — The City Council unanimously voted Monday night to direct the city's legal department to file an appeal of the Newington Planning Board's decision to approve the expansion of the Sea-3 propane terminal.

 

Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine made the motion for City Attorney Bob Sullivan to take “any and all actions necessary and appropriate to appeal the decision” made by the Newington Planning Board two weeks ago.

 

Numerous area offic...

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Stubborn rail delays motorists, Downeaster passengers

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A stubborn length of rail along the Downeaster line in Saco delayed a couple hundred train passengers Thursday afternoon and sent crews scrambling to fix the problem before service resumed Friday morning.

 

Pan Am Railways maintenance crews were doing scheduled rail work in Saco but had more difficulty than expected removing the rail at the crossing with Main Street, said Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which operates t...

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Tankers carrying oil derail, catch fire in Va.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Multiple CSX train cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire Wednesday along the James River, with three tankers ending up in the water and leaking some of their contents, becoming the most recent crash involving oil trains that has safety experts pushing for better oversight.

 

Nearby buildings were evacuated for a time in downtown Lynchburg, but there were no injuries, authorities said. CSX said the train was on its way from Chicago to an unspec...

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Day of Action: Fast Track is the wrong track!

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

CLEVELAND, April 29 — On April 30, BLET members are encouraged to participate in the Teamster Fast Track Day of Action. As background, the fair trade movement has been successful thus far in delaying a vote on Fast Track legislation, which would allow potentially harmful "Free Trade" agreements to sail through Congress and ship American jobs overseas.

 

While a vote doesn’t seem likely any time before the midterm elections, the Teamsters are continuing to keep th...

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BLET and SMART to seek two-person crew laws on the state level

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

CLEVELAND, April 23 — As part of an ongoing effort to secure a law mandating a minimum of two crew members in the cab of all locomotives, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART–TD) have provided their State Legislative Boards with model legislation to secure minimum crew size laws on the state level.

 

The state-lobbyin...

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Splaine: Signs point to Sea-3 approval

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

PORTSMOUTH — Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine believes the Newington Planning Board will ultimately approve the request by Sea-3 to expand its propane terminal, resulting in more rail cars carrying propane on Seacoast tracks.

 

"They're about to say yes," Splaine said Wednesday. He has attended multiple Newington Planning Board meetings as it has reviewed the expansion request. "I got that feeling from the board meeting the other day. They don't want to consider the scope of...

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Crude by rail in Maine by the numbers

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Railroads carried 4.2 million barrels of crude oil — enough to fill up 267 Olympic-size swimming pools — through Maine last year, up from 25,000 barrels in 2011 and down from 5.2 million barrels in 2012.

 

The 2013 amount does not include the months of April to August when Pan Am Railways temporarily stopped reporting how much crude oil it shipped into Maine and paying into the state’s 3-cent-per-barrel oil spill cleanup fund, according to Department of Envi...

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Fitchburg, Palmer rail projects receive state grants

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

BOSTON — The Patrick administration has awarded seven grants totaling $2.5 million for industrial rail projects as part of the 2014 Industrial Rail Access Program, including money for Fitchburg and Palmer works.

 

Omnova Solutions is receiving $500,000 for the 123 Industrial Park Rail Siding Phase II rehabilitation on Pan Am Southern in Fitchburg.

 

New England Central Railroad is receiving $499,800 for the industrial park freight capacity expansion p...

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Sale of bankrupt Maine railroad delayed

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A New York investment firm’s purchase of the bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway has been delayed, as Canadian regulators say they don’t have all the paperwork needed before they can approve the deal.

 

The sale of the railroad, which was responsible for last summer’s deadly train derailment disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, was expected to close by March 31, according to the asset purchase agreement signed by the buyer, Railroad Acquisition Holdin...

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Extension of Maine's passenger train service explored

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Municipal leaders and rail advocates offered ideas Wednesday night for extending passenger train service south to New York City and north to Augusta, Auburn, Bangor and Montreal.

 

But the existing Downeaster service between Brunswick and Boston must be improved before any expansion will be possible, said Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which runs the service.

 

“It is a trunk of a tree,” sh...

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Volatile oil, aging tank cars raise stakes for rail safety

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Every day, as many as 10 oil trains a day leave North Dakota and six to eight travel through Minnesota.

 

They pass through places like Perham, a town of 3,000 about 65 miles southeast of the Fargo-Moorhead area, in the heart of lakes country.

 

Around the clock, semitrailers rumble across the Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline railroad tracks to and from the factories. Last year, trains hit trucks crossing the tracks three times. Trains have derailed four...

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Freight railroads plan to spend $26 billion on network improvements and hire 12,000 in 2014

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The nation’s freight railroads this year project they will spend approximately $26 billion to build, maintain, and upgrade their nationwide rail network, according to an estimate released today by the Association of American Railroads. Railroads also expect to hire more than 12,000 people in 2014, for jobs throughout all areas of the industry and located all across the U.S.

 

“This year’s projected record investments continue a decades-l...

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BLET sponsors 2014 Operation Lifesaver national conference

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

CLEVELAND, March 10 — The BLET National Division is a national sponsor of Operation Lifesaver’s 2014 National Leadership Conference, which will be held May 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

 

The educational conference provides Operation Lifesaver state program leaders, authorized volunteers, coaches, trainers, presenters and other partners with the latest information and tools for reducing vehicle-train collisions and pedestrian rail trespass incidents. The theme of th...

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