The fatal derailment of an Amtrak train south of Seattle on Monday is likely to intensify scrutiny of the national passenger railroad company's safety record, which was already under the microscope following a series of fatal incidents. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said late on Monday that a data recorder retrieved from the rear locomotive showed the train was traveling at 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone when it jumped the tracks. The NTSB said it was too soon to say
Why take a bus or Amtrak when you can drive? And so, those services have suffered.
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A truck with an oversized load and a state trooper escort was stuck in a railroad crossing with time enough to alert approaching trains, but there's no indication Amtrak was warned before a crashthat injured 55 people, officials said.
A truck with an oversized load and a state trooper escort was stuck in a railroad crossing with time enough to alert approaching trains, but there's no indication Amtrak was warned before a crash that injured 55 people, officials said.
A successful study abroad program means going overseas, learning from the locals, and bringing the lessons back home. We've been all over the world in search of the latest in transportation tech and we saw some things that might be beneficial here is the States. Let's take a look at a few of these worldly ideas and see if any lessons could be applied back home.
When we look to America's past, it can be easy to forget that America was never predestined to have the world's best highways. Progress only became possible because generations before us dreamed big and built big - because they imagined, invested and sacrificed for the infrastructure on which we rely to this day.
The Amtrak Heartland Flyer makes daily runs between Oklahoma City, OK and Fort Worth, TX. It's powered by a 3,200 horsepower General Electric P32-8 locomotive with a 12-cylinder diesel engine that handles the task of pulling tremendous loads down the tracks. Back in April, the Heartland Flyer received a decal indicating that it was to be fueled with nothing but B20 (20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel). From that day forth, the GE locomotive, burning only B20, continued its d
Beef: It's what's for dinner... and what's now powering your trip between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, TX. Amtrak is acting on a $274,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration to carry out a yearlong research project on its Heartland Flyer line, testing the effects of a new blend of biodiesel fuel made from beef byproducts.
The recent trend of escalating gas prices has had major ripple effects on the auto industry, not the least of which is a well-defined (and well-covered) switch to fuel efficient small cars and hybrids. Another statistic which is raising some eyebrows is the apparent return to train travel. Traffic in and out of core Midwest states such as Michigan and Illinois has increased notably in the last year or so. Though Amtrak has raised its ticket prices some 3-percent in the last few months, fuel cost