October 25, 2014

Member dies in Colorado switching accident

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A SMART Transportation Division member was killed on the job Wednesday (Oct. 9) afternoon in a railroad switching accident at a Colorado Springs, Colo., industrial complex. According to media reports, BNSF Railway conductor Dawn Trettenero, 42, was trapped between two rail cars. Firefighters told Television Station KKTV that they arrived within minutes of being notified [...]

End of line for railroad conductors? Not so fast

WASHINGTON — How many people does it take to safely operate a freight train? Two, say railroad labor unions, the Federal Railroad Administration and some members of Congress, arguing that having just one person in the cab of a locomotive was unsafe. They cite a series of deadly accidents involving trains with a solo engineer, [...]

Death on tracks lingers for engineers, conductors

Sometimes, when a train bears down on a person who has gotten onto the rails, his eyes meet the engineer’s just before impact. “We have fatalities where people just lay themselves on the tracks, and they could be possibly staring right up at you,” said Anthony Bottalico, 58, a union official who began working as [...]

Conductor makes special delivery boy will never forget

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CLINTON, Utah – A simple act of kindness is something a 12-year-old boy with an autism spectrum disorder is going to remember for the rest of his life. Matthew Mancil loves trains. “I don’t know how it started, but he just absolutely loves them,” Aaron Mancil, Matthew’s father, said. Read the complete story at the [...]

Engineer, conductor tell of horrors of accidents

PHILADELPHIA – A CBS 3 I-Team investigation reveals the dangers when cars and people wind up in the path of trains along SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines. Eyewitness News Reporter Walt Hunter spoke exclusively with a veteran engineer and conductor who tell of the horrifying moments when wrecks happen. Read the complete story at CBS News [...]

CSX conductor robbed, injured in Ocala, Fla.

OCALA, Fla. – Ocala Police are searching for whoever robbed a freight train this week. The crime sent the train’s conductor to the hospital. Now the railroad company is offering a reward for the robber’s capture. People at the Ocala Laundromat where train tracks run underneath the Highway 200 overpass, couldn’t believe the crime that happened [...]

Conductor ‘makes every day a good day’

Gordon Bowe doesn’t become personal friends with all of his passengers. But after more than three decades of walking the aisles as a conductor on Metra trains to and from Chicago, Bowe, known by many as “Gordo,” has come to know those who ride the trains from Elburn through La Fox and Geneva, sometimes more [...]

Academy adds rail degree program

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VANCOUVER, Wash. — The International Air and Hospitality Academy has added a new program called the Northwest Railroad Institute. The new degree program will be the fourth such program offered in the U.S. Students taking the six-month program will be provided with training for freight railroad careers including freight conductors, conductor trainees, brakemen, switchmen and [...]

Lollapalooza of event aids injured conductor

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Norfolk Southern conductor Larry McVay, 43, caught a bad break Jan. 3 when he lost his right arm and right leg in a horrendous switching accident near Lafayette, Ind. His brothers and sisters in UTU Local 768 and UTU NS General Committee of Adjustment 687 — and others who read and heard about the accident [...]

Conductor, engineer dead in Iowa collision

RED OAK, Iowa — A BNSF conductor and an engineer were killed in a rear-end train accident near here Sunday morning, April 17. Red Oak is southeast of Council Bluffs and is part of BNSF’s Creston subdivision, which has centralized traffic control, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Killed were conductor and UTU Local 199 (Creston, [...]