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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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  • Explosions in city still 'a mystery'

    Two days after six small underground explosions rocked downtown Baltimore, authorities remained stumped yesterday as to how 1,000 gallons of a highly flammable chemical pooled beneath a major intersection without notice before blowing up. City, state and...
  • 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...
  • 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...