December 22, 2014

U.S. stops monitoring railroad threats

BOSTON – With news stories lately about train wrecks involving crude oil – the Bakken crude oil boom is fueling that – you may have wondered what steps were being taken to make sure those cars stay on the track, especially in densely populated urban areas such as Providence or Boston. I did too, and began [...]

1 grey sedan, 2 unknown occupants & a TSA mystery

Witnesses say it’s a grey sedan. A grey four-door sedan — occupied by two men. A grey four-door sedan occupied by two men that shows up at railroad facilities. The men claim to work for the Federal Railroad Administration. That say they are there to inspect a bridge, or to observe train and engine crews [...]

We need training to spot trouble

By International President Mike Futhey Train and engine employees are the eyes and ears of every railroad, and most often the first to recognize threats and provide a response. The post 9/11 environment dangers now include foreign terrorist threats as well as home-grown threats by disturbed individuals. The UTU is currently engaged with Amtrak in [...]