Archive for category: HSEQ

US Federal Railroad Administration announces $250m to support PTC rollout

Photo: Doran J Clark.The United States’ Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced grants worth $250 million in support of the implementation of positive train control (PTC). Certain Class I railroads and any railroad main lines that provide regularly scheduled intercity or commuter rail passenger services have to implement PTC by the end of 2018. This deadline was initially […]
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Canadian rail association voices concerns over legalisation of recreational marijuana

Photo: Shauni.Gérald's remarks on behalf of the RAC, which represents more than 50 rail operators, are part of a wider call from the Canadian rail industry for the government to prioritise workplace safety as it aims to legalise recreational marijuana in 2018.
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ProRail tests ‘crossing aid’ to boost safety at level crossings in the Netherlands

Photo: ProRail.Older and less mobile pedestrians are set to benefit from a new level crossing aid that has been trialled in the city of Haarlem, the Netherlands.
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Transport bodies stress track safety following deaths on Brightline

Photo: Brightline.Three of the biggest transport bodies in the United States have come together to educate the public on the importance of track safety following a number of high-profile deaths on Brightline, which launched in January. 
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Train driver in Washington derailment ‘mistook’ signal ahead of speed-restricted curve

An overhead view of the crash site near DuPont, Washington. Photo: Washington State Patrol.Following interviews, NTSB found that the train driver didn’t recall seeing the 30mph advance speed sign, which was posted two miles ahead of the speed-restricted curve.
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Rising levels of vandalism in the Netherlands leads to plea for return of railway police

ProRail CEO Pier Eringa. Photo: ProRail.The dedicated railway police force was abolished in the Netherlands in 2013.
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Investigators release initial report into Washington train derailment

Notably, it has indicated that had positive train control – an advanced train control system – been implemented, the train’s brakes would have been applied in line with the speed restrictions.
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US transport secretary concerned that railroads won’t meet PTC deadline

The United States' transport secretary has urged railroads to "greatly accelerate their efforts" to meet the forthcoming deadline for implementing positive train control.
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9 terrifying near misses at level crossings

Level crossing safety is no joke.
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‘Microsleep’ possible cause of Croydon tram derailment

The driver of a Croydon tram that derailed, resulting in the deaths of seven passengers, may have had a “microsleep” moments before the crash, accident investigators have concluded. The Rail Accident and Investigation Branch (RAIB) made 15 recommendations in its report into the Sandilands junction derailment. On November 9, 2016, an early morning Croydon tram […]
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Unguarded level crossings in the Netherlands to be eliminated “within a few years”

Dutch rail infrastructure manager ProRail has said that all of the Netherlands' unguarded level crossings will be eliminated "within a few years."
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