Oct 18, 2013 — There's been renewed attention to the safety of the freight trains that run through North Country towns. The horrible oil explosion that destroyed much of a Quebec village and killed 47 people makes any railroad town ask, "what if?" And a plan by CSX to increase train speeds through the village of Canton has local officials concerned the rail company is putting quick commerce before safety.
An investigation by NCPR has found CSX is shipping hazardous liquids like crude oil through Canton and other towns on its Massena line using tankers federal regulators deemed "inadequate" two decades ago. Go to full article
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton, including the 24 East Main Bed & Breakfast (green house). Photo: David Sommerstein.
Oct 02, 2013 — Yesterday, we heard about the efforts to rebuild the Quebec town of Lac Megantic, after a train explosion destroyed much of the village. That horrible accident makes any town with a railroad ask: could it happen here?
Last January, CSX announced it was upgrading a rail crossing in Canton so its trains could go faster through the village - from 25 to up to 40 miles per hour. The company says the change will speed up commerce on the line but will not compromise safety.
Local officials met last week with CSX over safety concerns. As David Sommerstein reports, the meeting opened up dialogue but didn't answer all the questions. Go to full article
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust
Massena, NY, May 21, 2013 — The federal trust in charge of finding a new life for the General Motors property in Massena say the process is more marathon than sprint. But as David Sommerstein reports, they're hopeful a lift from a railroad giant will help. Go to full article
Jul 24, 2007 — Flatbed rail cars loaded with equipment bound for Iraq crashed into another rail car yesterday, causing an explosion and evacuation near Watertown. No serious injuries were reported. Martha Foley has details. Go to full article
Mar 26, 2007 — Word that rail company CSX might stop serving a stretch of track in the North Country caused concern last week among manufacturers, railroad operators and industrial development agencies. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article