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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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  • NRC seeks to allay fear of transport

    A new round of testing has found that casks used to transport dangerous nuclear waste are capable of surviving a catastrophe such as Baltimore's Howard Street Tunnel fire with no more than minor releases of radioactivity, according to a report presented...
  • City, CSX readiness faulted in rail fire

    Federal transportation officials said yesterday that the most likely scenario behind the 2001 train derailment and fire in Baltimore's Howard Street Tunnel "involved an obstruction between a car wheel and the rail, in combination with changes in track...
  • Mayor asks inspection of Howard rail tunnel

    Mayor Martin O'Malley called on the federal government yesterday to conduct a new emergency inspection of the Howard Street Tunnel -- site of a large derailment and fire in 2001 -- after three cars of a CSX Transportation train left the tracks Wednesday...
  • Howard, Lombard junction reopens

    There was no ribbon to cut, but smiling city officials did the next best thing yesterday: dragging away a barrier from the junction of Howard and Lombard streets to show that the key downtown crossing was back in service. Traffic flowed freely again...
  • Tests to seek chemical source

    Tests to seek chemical source
    Authorities hope new soil and groundwater tests will show whether the flammable chemical that exploded Saturday under downtown streets leaked into city storm drains from the Howard Street Tunnel, site of last month's train derailment and fire. City...
  • Revamp of rail systems sought

    A new federal study commissioned after the 2001 Howard Street Tunnel fire recommends an overhaul of the city's convoluted passenger and freight systems as the only way to fix a network deemed vital to the country's transportation grid. Despite its...
  • Howard repairs could take 5 weeks

    Now that Baltimore public works crews have completed repairs on a broken water main at Howard and Lombard streets, work to reconstruct the intersection could begin as soon as Thursday, officials said yesterday. An emergency contract for work at the...
  • Howard St. repair in high gear

    A lot's riding on the repair work at Howard and Lombard streets. Professional sports teams depend on light rail and buses to transport fans through the crossroads, and thousands of people try to traverse downtown, so the pressure is on to quickly...
  • 2001 tunnel fire spurs advanced training

    With memories of Baltimore's 2001 train tunnel fire still fresh in their minds, local emergency personnel began training yesterday to better understand how to respond to chemical spills and railcar fires. They used the Safety Train, a railcar modified by...
  • Derailed train linked to chemical in sewers

    A flammable chemical that mysteriously appeared in Inner Harbor sewers - and may have been the cause of a manhole cover explosion Aug. 11 - came from the CSX Corp. train that derailed and caught fire three weeks earlier, the state said yesterday. An...
  • Final salute to Ripken

    The mayor named a street after him. A former president called him the best running story in baseball. A sell-out throng cheered his every move, lighting the sky with flashbulbs and the glint of metallic confetti, chanting, "Thank you, Cal." Cal Ripken...
  • Train safety record declines

    The derailment and fire involving a chemical-laden freight train in Baltimore last month is just the latest in a pattern of rail accidents on the rise since 1997 - about the time that a string of multibillion-dollar rail mergers left the industry...