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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

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  • 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...
  • NTSB, city sifting clues to accident

    As downtown Baltimore returned to normal yesterday, federal investigators gathered evidence that could implicate a water main rupture in last Wednesday's train derailment, a theory that prompted a forceful defense from city officials. Freight trains...
  • After early morning trial run, freight traffic resumes in tunnel

    A whiff of smoke penetrated the sealed cab of the diesel engine as Paul Rahn eased a mostly empty 29-car freight train through the fire-scorched Howard Street Tunnel yesterday. The creeping 12-minute ride, with Rahn at the controls of the 400-ton, 4,000-...
  • Officials to improve city emergency plan

    Baltimore fire officials said yesterday they will improve the city's hazardous materials accident plan, but they reassured the public that they are prepared to respond to chemical accidents. Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, the Fire Department's...
  • Tunnel blame drama begins

    Six days. That's how long it took before city officials began the public fingerpoint- ing in the wake of last week's CSX train derailment and tunnel fire. And legal experts say it's likely to intensify as federal regulators, city engineers and private...
  • For Howard Street, it's been rough road

    Pity poor Howard Street. Baltimore's once-proud commercial center has suffered all manner of indignity since the 1970s. Jilted by a California developer promising a rebirth. Abandoned by department stores for the suburbs. Violated by road crews that...
  • NTSB probe of tunnel derailment could take 9 months

    Fires raged, chemicals leaked, smoke climbed to the sky and the possibility of an explosion was a constant worry. And amid it all, in the middle of a century-old tunnel where temperatures were approaching 1,500 degrees, an investigation had to begin. It...
  • Contrasts in leadership

    HANDLING emergencies requires courage and decisiveness. In recent days, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has shown he's up to the task. But Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend are still among the missing. When the downtown...