Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsRailroad Workers
IN THE NEWS

Railroad Workers

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
November 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Cleanup crews cleared the wreckage of two freight trains as investigators tried to determine the cause of the head-on crash near Detroit that killed two railroad workers and injured two others. The Canadian National trains collided in a marshy, wooded area of Oakland County, authorities said. Two schools closed and some residents were evacuated until authorities determined no hazardous materials had leaked. The wreck occurred while one train moved on the main line to its destination, Flint.
ARTICLES BY DATE
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A historic — and some say haunted — Los Angeles hospital that has been closed for two decades is set to be converted into apartments for low-income seniors in a $40-million makeover. Linda Vista Community Hospital is an imposing relic from the days when railroads took care of their sick and injured employees in company facilities. Originally known as Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, it was built for employees of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in Boyle Heights, a blue-collar neighborhood east of the city's rail yards and home to many railroad workers.
Advertisement
NEWS
June 24, 1988 | AMY STEVENS, Times Staff Writer
A proposed rule requiring random drug testing for train engineers and dispatchers would improve the safety record of the nation's railroads, a federal official told a hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday. John Riley, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, said the proposed rule would replace a requirement that employees can only be tested if their supervisors have reasonable cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
The iron chain falls with a clang as the old man steps into the dark, deserted hallway of Linda Vista Community Hospital. Lights flicker and a stench of mold hangs in the air. Down the main corridor, a lone metal gurney rests against a wall. More than a century ago, the six-story building in Boyle Heights opened to much fanfare as Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital. The Mission-style building -- with verandas, a dome tower and sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles -- catered to railroad workers across the Southwest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
The iron chain falls with a clang as the old man steps into the dark, deserted hallway of Linda Vista Community Hospital. Lights flicker and a stench of mold hangs in the air. Down the main corridor, a lone metal gurney rests against a wall. More than a century ago, the six-story building in Boyle Heights opened to much fanfare as Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital. The Mission-style building -- with verandas, a dome tower and sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles -- catered to railroad workers across the Southwest.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A historic — and some say haunted — Los Angeles hospital that has been closed for two decades is set to be converted into apartments for low-income seniors in a $40-million makeover. Linda Vista Community Hospital is an imposing relic from the days when railroads took care of their sick and injured employees in company facilities. Originally known as Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, it was built for employees of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in Boyle Heights, a blue-collar neighborhood east of the city's rail yards and home to many railroad workers.
NEWS
September 11, 1987 | From Reuters
About 20,000 railroad workers marched through Bonn on Thursday to protest government plans to reorganize the rail network and lay off 10,000 employees this year, trade union spokesmen said. The demonstrators called on Transport Minister Juergen Warnke to drop plans to streamline the industry, which is losing $1.8 billion annually.
NEWS
May 27, 1985 | Associated Press
The Wreckage of a freight train derailment that triggered an explosion and fireball in this West Texas town continued smoldering Sunday as railroad workers and hazardous chemical specialists made slow progress cleaning it up. A tank car containing liquid propylene exploded Friday after a truck hit the train at a crossing. More than 1,000 persons were evacuated, but most returned home Saturday.
NEWS
February 22, 1988
A rash of railroad accidents last month should show Congress that serious problems remain in the industry since the worst wreck in Amtrak history 14 months ago, Federal Railroad Administrator John Riley said. Equally troubling, he said, is that the federal government has less power to curtail railroad accidents now than it did when three Conrail locomotives slid through a warning signal and collided with an Amtrak passenger train near Chase, Md., in January, 1987. Sixteen people were killed.
NEWS
November 8, 1988
A train sidetracked by an improperly positioned switch rumbled onto a service track, struck a maintenance car and derailed near Epernay, France, 70 miles east of Paris. Nine railroad workers were killed and 13 other people were injured, authorities said. Transport Minister Michel Delebarre said the fatal accident, France's third this year, occurred while the nine-car train was traveling to Paris from Luxembourg. The victims were French, Moroccan and Algerian nationals, officials said.
SCIENCE
July 16, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
Massachusetts photographers have unearthed the only known image of legendary brain-injury patient Phineas Gage, a daguerreotype showing the former railroad worker sitting in repose and holding the nearly 4-foot-long iron rod that pierced his brain without killing him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Lin is a Times staff writer.
A judge Tuesday approved a $48-million jury award to a former Union Pacific Railroad employee who was left a quadriplegic after a work-related car accident last year. The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury award to Eric Doi last month was the largest verdict ever to a plaintiff under the federal law that covers railroad workers injured on the job. Railroads and their employees are not covered by state worker's compensation laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A railroad worker in Riverside County was pinned beneath a derailed boxcar for nearly an hour Friday before he was released with the help of a crane, authorities said. The accident occurred in Mira Loma when two railroad workers were riding on top of a boxcar and it jumped the tracks and began to fall over. One man escaped injury, but the other man's right leg was pinned beneath the boxcar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2003 | Jeff Gottlieb and Mai Tran, Times Staff Writers
State and federal investigators Monday were trying to determine why an experienced conductor mistakenly thought his train was going to collide with another locomotive and leaped to his death in Buena Park. Train workers were mystified by the incident early Sunday and said they had never heard of such a thing. "I'm flabbergasted," said Bob Harvey, regulatory research coordinator for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in Washington, D.C. "I don't understand."
NEWS
November 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Cleanup crews cleared the wreckage of two freight trains as investigators tried to determine the cause of the head-on crash near Detroit that killed two railroad workers and injured two others. The Canadian National trains collided in a marshy, wooded area of Oakland County, authorities said. Two schools closed and some residents were evacuated until authorities determined no hazardous materials had leaked. The wreck occurred while one train moved on the main line to its destination, Flint.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2001 | LISA GIRION, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. agreed to a court order Wednesday that prohibits the company from conducting genetic tests on workers, settling the first legal challenge of the practice by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But the nation's second-largest railroad faces an ongoing investigation by the EEOC and possible lawsuits over allegations that it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by subjecting 20 workers' blood samples to genetic testing.
NEWS
May 20, 1988
House-Senate negotiators reached agreement on legislation that would beef up the government's ability to penalize railroad workers involved in accidents. The bill would for the first time give the Federal Railroad Administration the power to fine individual workers--including those in management--found to be to at blame for accidents. Under existing law, the government may penalize only railroad companies.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2001 | RIP WATSON, BLOOMBERG NEWS
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. said it settled a union lawsuit over the No. 2 U.S. railroad's former practice of genetic testing of workers who claimed disability because of carpal tunnel syndrome. The company agreed to stop the practice two months ago after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a suit claiming the testing violated the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|