ND Railroads to Implement Positive Train Control

Postive Train Control (PTC) gives railroad administrators the ability to slow down trains without the engineer. It has vaulted to the top of the national conversation following the derailment in Philidelphia and is expected to be in place on North Dakota tracks this year.

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DOT’s Releases New Oil Train Safety Regulations, Senator Hoeven’s Comments

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation issued new rules regulating the transportation of flammable liquids by rail. The notable regulations: a timeline for replacing outdated tanker cars with newer cars, a new braking standard for certain trains, and new operational guidelines including speed limits in some cases. The news release from the DOT is included below,

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Investigators Release records of fiery Casselton derailment

The final report from federal investigators into the 2013 Casselton/BNSF train derailment has been released. Get the details on the report from AP writer Josh Funk as published on Bakken.com.

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BNSF to Continue Investing in North Dakota Infrastructure

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company announced more details about the major capital projects it plans to complete in 2015 to maintain and grow its rail network. The full news release is linked here. Below you’ll find improvements scheduled for our area. BNSF plans to invest approximately $700 million in the North Region to expand

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Read: What’s Happening at ND Port Services

Nice article from Patrick Miller and The Bakken Magazine on the what’s happening with North Dakota Port Services including operational changes and a vision for the future.

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Train Derailment S.E. of Fargo

Thankfully the train was carrying lumber and other non-hazardous material. The incident on the B.N.S.F line included 32 cars, and is another reminder of the risks associated with transporting oil over the railways.

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ND Ports Looking to Add Container Services, Woo’s BNSF

October 26th and 27th North Dakota Port Services hosted a meeting between importers and exporters and BNSF with the hopes of convincing the railroad to add container services at the Minot location.

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Another Train Derailment Near Casselton

Two BNSF trains derailed near the Tharaldson Ethanol plant in Casselton. The eastbound train was carrying lumber, the westbound train was an empty oil train.

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