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Emergency service crews at work in the blast and fire zone of Lac-Megantic. Photo: Surete du Quebec
Emergency service crews at work in the blast and fire zone of Lac-Megantic. Photo: Surete du Quebec

Canada blasts American rail company in Lac Megantic tragedy

Canadian authorities yesterday issued a new report on last summer's deadly oil train disaster in Quebec that killed forty-seven people.

The study blasts the American company that owned the railroad involved in the accident and says more safety oversight is needed to prevent future oil train disasters.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Feds propose retiring faulty oil tankers from rails

Federal transportation officials want to pull the most dangerous crude oil tankers off the rails within two years. The U.S. Department of Transportation's proposed rules come just over a year after the deadly train blast in Lac Megantic, Quebec. The North Country's Congressional delegation applauded the proposal.  Go to full article
The "red zone" in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. NCPR File Photo: Brian Mann
The "red zone" in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. NCPR File Photo: Brian Mann

NPR: First Responders Unprepared For Another Oil Train Disaster

This week, we've been looking at the aftermath of that deadly train derailment in Quebec that left 47 people dead. The accident in Lac-Megantic one year ago has opened a new debate over the safety of the massive oil-tanker trains that are passing daily through towns here in the North Country.

It's also caused communities across the US to ask whether their fire departments and emergency crews are ready if that kind of train disaster occurred here? As NPR's David Schaper reports, many first responders say they don't have the equipment, the manpower or the training to respond.  Go to full article

Saratoga and North Creek Railway sold

One of the Adirondack Park's two tourism railroads has been sold, according to a report in the Adirondack Journal newspaper. Iowa Pacific Rail, which operates the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, is selling an 80 percent interest to a company called Chai Trust Company and EGI Fund Investors.  Go to full article
Adirondack Scenic Railway car. Photo: <a href="">Matt Johnson</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>
Adirondack Scenic Railway car. Photo: Matt Johnson, CC some rights reserved

ADK tourist train wins Econ Development Council support

The North Country's Regional Economic Development Council is throwing its weight behind the tourist train that runs through the heart of the Adirondacks.
In its latest planning document, submitted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, the council says one of its key strategies is to "preserve and rehabilitate all surviving rail infrastructure" in the Park. According to the group, that includes "the Adirondack Railroad from Remsen to Lake Placid."  Go to full article
Lake Champlain "Adirondack" Amtrak route (Source:  Amtrak)
Lake Champlain "Adirondack" Amtrak route (Source: Amtrak)

Train plan would boost Amtrak, freight in Lake Champlain corridor

Governor Paterson's rail proposal could bring hundreds of construction jobs to the Champlain Valley in the coming years. State officials hope to upgrade the rail line between Albany and Montreal, expanding freight traffic and cutting Amtrak travel times by twenty-five percent. As Brian Mann reports, rebuilding New York's rail infrastructure could also boost manufacturing in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article
Santa on the boxcar stage
Santa on the boxcar stage

Bright, gaudy Holiday Train chugs through Champlain Valley

This is the time of year when towns along the Champlain Valley light up with the annual Holiday Train. Canadian Pacific uses the Christmas tour to raise money and food for local pantries in the North Country. Brian Mann was in Ticonderoga last night and sent an audio postcard.  Go to full article

CSX rail plans worry some

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

State Promises Millions for Railroads

Governor Pataki says New York will spend $40 million over the next two years upgrading the state's railroad infrastructure. A third of that money will go to support rail operations in the North Country, rebuilding tracks and subsidizing passenger service. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Riding the Rails

It was a much shorter trip - but still memorable. Two years ago, a passenger train made the run between Syracuse and Massena for the first time in more than 40 years. Hundreds of people gathered at Canton's old depot to catch a glimpse, or catch a ride. Todd Moe took the Canton-Massena leg.  Go to full article

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