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October 14, 1989
Railroads paid the government $4.46 million in fines for safety violations during the last year, the Federal Railroad Administration has announced. The fines covered problems with track, locomotives, freight cars, signals and operating practices.
November 10, 1998 | Reuters
Union Pacific Railroad plans to hire about 60,000 workers over the next 12 years to replace retirees and to handle business growth. "We plan to hire 5,000 a year over the next dozen years," said Ed Trandahl, spokesman for the Omaha-based rail and interstate trucking company. "These would be high-paid, blue-collar jobs," Trandahl said, adding that most will be locomotive engineers and conductors.
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Pacific Corp. said Thursday that they have signed a definitive agreement to merge in a $2.7-billion stock swap that would create the nation's largest railroad. The merger would combine Burlington Northern's routes in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest and Southeast with Santa Fe's lines in California, the Southwest and the Midwest. "The deal makes extraordinarily good sense," according to Susan Chapman, rail analyst with Forbes, Walsh, Kelly & Co.
January 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Union Pacific Railroad has delivered two remote-controlled freight trains here despite concerns by railroad engineers, who cited numerous accidents and deaths caused by the technology. The trains, used in switching yards to move railroad cars and link up trains, are moved with a control panel worn around the neck. Engineers aboard a locomotive traditionally control a train's movement.
November 30, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN
Outraged to learn that Amtrak is dumping raw sewage on tracks in his district, Rep. William E. Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton) said Wednesday that he will try to persuade Amtrak to install waste tanks on trains that do not have them. "I don't think anybody minded more than a hundred years ago when it mixed with the buffalo waste out there on the prairie, but in urbanized America we will not tolerate it," Dannemeyer said.
An ambitious long-term plan to develop high-speed train routes linking major Southwest cities--including Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix and Las Vegas--will be considered by a special two-state commission next week. "We envision an eventual network of trains operating up to 300 (miles per hour) among the major centers of the Pacific Southwest region," California Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar) told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Tuesday.
May 19, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Union Pacific Corp., trying to defuse criticism over its worst shipping delays in six years, told customers that it was adding workers and locomotives, without saying when cargo congestion might end. "All of us are acutely aware that we have failed to meet our customers' needs," Chief Executive Richard Davidson said at a meeting Monday in San Francisco to hear customer complaints. "I've resisted the urge to forecast a specific date as to when everything will be fine."
April 12, 2001 | From Associated Press
The local Amtrak office provides federal drug agents with details about suspect passengers, and Amtrak police get 10% of any cash agents seize from arrested drug couriers, a newspaper reported Wednesday. A computer linked to Amtrak's ticketing terminal sits on a desk at the local branch of the Drug Enforcement Administration, in what officials describe as a one-of-a-kind arrangement, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
February 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A driver fell asleep at the helm of a bullet train traveling at 170 mph with 800 passengers, West Japan Railway said, but the train apparently was on autopilot and no one was hurt. Officials discovered the sleeping 33-year-old driver when the train pulled into a station en route from Hiroshima to Tokyo and halted with the last three cars not yet at the platform. He told rail officials that he "has no memory" of what happened.
May 30, 1987 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, Times Staff Writer
The colorful "Skunk Train" tourist railroad, which chugged into controversy earlier this year when its owners proposed to reduce service along its 40-mile Northern California line, has been sold for an undisclosed price, it was announced Friday. Georgia-Pacific Corp., owner of the 102-year-old railroad since 1973, signed an agreement Thursday to sell California Western Railway, as the Skunk is formally known, to Mendocino Coast Railway, a subsidiary of Kyle Railways of San Francisco.
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