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Railway Disasters

Railway Disasters
A collection of news and information related to Railway Accidents published by Tribune Company sources. (Photo GETTY IMAGES)
A collection of news and information related to Railway Accidents published by Tribune Company sources. (Photo GETTY IMAGES) « Show less

Top Railway Disasters Articles

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  • Senate Democrats demand more money for Amtrak repair backlog

    Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old. Democrats at a news conference cited last...
  • Online fundraising effort for woman who died after fall from train

    Online fundraising effort for woman who died after fall from train
    An online fundraising effort has been launched for the family of a 21-year-old woman who died Tuesday after she either jumped or fell from a freight train traveling through Bethlehem. Taylor Brown had graduated May 10 from Susquehanna University and...
  • Sen. Schumer: upstate rail lines need safety system now

    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says a railway safety system that could have prevented the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia must be installed quickly on dangerous railroad curves throughout New York state. The New York Democrat said Thursday that he is...
  • Did they fall? Did they jump?

    Did they fall? Did they jump?
    Authorities said they don't know why a 21-year-old Easton woman who graduated from college a week and a half ago hopped a freight train with her boyfriend sometime Tuesday night. But around 10:45 p.m. in south Bethlehem, they jumped or fell off the...
  • Feds trying to determine if Amtrak engineer was using phone

    Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said...
  • Our say: As you travel this weekend, take a good look

    Our say: As you travel this weekend, take a good look
    Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and the experts say millions more Americans, with gas prices lower, will be responding to the call of the not-so-open road. Specifically, as The Baltimore Sun reported, AAA Mid-Atlantic expects more than 800,000 state...
  • Ann McFeatters: Our unwillingness to fix infrastructure will cost us dearly

    The other day I took the Northeast regional Amtrak train from D.C. to New York City, got out and took the next train back. I spent $146 to see just how bumpy the tracks on the publicly funded rail system are (very). And I wanted to think about the...
  • Private rail, unlike Amtrak's monopoly, must emphasize safety to win customers

    When you look at America's transportation network broadly, there can be little doubt that getting government out of the passenger train business would likely improve safety. Though government officials talk ceaselessly about safety, it's clearly not...
  • It's time to remodel Amtrak on some of our great public works projects

    At first blush, privatizing Amtrak and bringing free-market efficiency to this shabby, inefficiently run wreck of a railroad seems like a bright idea. Bright, that is, until you try to answer the obvious first question. What privately run corporation...
  • The Morning Report: What you need to know today in Annapolis and Anne Arundel

    The Morning Report: What you need to know today in Annapolis and Anne Arundel
    The Morning Report is a quick roundup of links to stories we think Annapolis and Anne Arundel County residents will be talking about today. You can click on the links directly from the text of this feature. Here's what's happening. The Blue Angels put...
  • PETA honors Shiloh woman killed while rescuing opossum

    A national animal rights group is honoring the southern Illinois animal rescue volunteer who was struck and killed by a regional commuter train while responding to a call about an opossum on the tracks. Fifty-eight-year-old Sandie Konopelski of Shiloh...