April 24, 2014

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic files for bankruptcy

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Ltd, the railway involved in last month’s deadly derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, saying the move would enable the company to preserve the value of its assets. The railway said it lost much of its freight business following the July 6 disaster, which killed [...]

Industry fights safety retrofit of older rail cars

The oil industry and U.S railroads are resisting the Obama administration’s attempt to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery, fatal explosion in Canada, citing costs and technical challenges. Industry groups say it is impractical to retrofit tens of thousands of existing tank cars used to haul oil, even [...]

Train disaster a dark turn for rail veteran

A blinding flash of orange light jarred Weyauwega residents awake before dawn on March 4, 1996. An 81-car freight train had been barrelling toward the farm town in central Wisconsin when it jumped a broken rail. The train’s propane and petroleum cargo had caught fire and exploded. Gerald Poltrock II, a rookie local police officer, [...]

Engineer may have prevented greater catastrophe

FARNHAM, Quebec — Locomotive engineer Tom Harding was likely the last person at the controls of the runaway train that rolled into downtown Lac-Mégantic Saturday morning, causing untold death and destruction. But though Harding himself has remained silent, a new picture is emerging of the Farnham man as a hero, whose bravery may have prevented [...]

FRA to inspect Montreal, Maine & Atlantic

A team from the Federal Railroad Administration is expected to arrive in Maine on Thursday to begin a comprehensive inspection of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway’s tracks, operations and equipment. If inspectors find safety problems on the 275 miles of track owned by the company in Maine, they can order the company to make [...]