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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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  • 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...
  • 'It's a little bit of hell'

    Baltimore's railroad tunnel fire burned into a third night, despite the efforts of firefighters who dragged out a string of smoldering rail cars late yesterday but had to labor cautiously under a roof weakened by a water main break. Foiled attempts to...
  • Firms find way around major Internet artery

    Technicians continued yesterday to clean up the wreckage not just in the Howard Street tunnel, but on the information superhighway. LAI Construction Services Inc. of Baltimore was completing yesterday a new fiber-optic loop around the downtown tunnel,...
  • Chronology: With a rumble, chaos

    The first sign of trouble was an unsettling rumble from beneath the streets, a trembling, grinding sensation that lasted several seconds. Dan Stone felt it on the fifth floor of the cast-iron building he owns at 300 W. Pratt St. In a tavern downstairs,...
  • Accident plan leaves city unprepared

    Though Baltimore's emergency planners have long known that a devastating chemical accident could occur in the train tunnel under Howard Street, the city's 440-page emergency plan does not address such a problem and never mentions the tunnel. The plan,...
  • Officials discuss costs of train fire

    The first bills for the CSX tunnel fire began rolling in yesterday, with city officials tallying $1.3 million in expenses - the bulk of which the railroad company has agreed to pay. CSX had offered days ago, before the last burning car was pulled from...