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OPINION: Opportunity there to upgrade rail system

November 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

South Dakota has always been something of a stepchild when it comes to railroads.

When they initially pushed into the region, the main lines went through North Dakota and Nebraska. Feeder lines from those main lines were extended into South Dako…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Ag shippers fear rail shutdown

November 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO, N.D. — Regional exporters that deal in value-added ag product shipments say their container shipments have been disrupted by rail restrictions in St. Paul and Chicago container loading yards.

Bob Sinner, president of SB&B Foods Inc., in…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Railroads show on-time improvement

October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO, N.D. — The region’s two Class I railroads — BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway — are reporting improved status on late cars, and CP has proposed a major merger to bypass an infamous Chicago bottleneck blamed for last winter’s …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Railroads show on-time improvement

October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO, N.D. — The region’s two Class I railroads — BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway — are reporting improved status on late cars, and CP has proposed a major merger to bypass an infamous Chicago bottleneck blamed for last winter’s …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Train cars derail near West Dakota Oil gas station

September 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Three flatbed railcars on an eastbound train derailed near the West Dakota Oil gas station at about 6 a.m. Saturday.

The Dickinson Police Department has closed Villard Street from Second Avenue East to Fifth Avenue East and are asking motorists t…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Slow pace of rail recovery stirs fear of second winter of chaos

August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Susan Taylor and Solarina Ho

TORONTO — More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

U.S. moves to enhance safety of oil-by-rail shipments

July 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an energy b…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Rail shippers eye new projects on SD lines

July 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — Haulers want premiums for grain cars this summer at prices that don’t make financial sense for shippers and producers, according to several members of the state Railroad Board.

In turn, the shortage of cars raises questions about ho…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

U.S. oil and rail sector agree on train tanker safety

July 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the U.S. energy and rail sectors have agreed to toughen tanker cars for future oil train cargo and to a schedule to retire older model cars that regulators have deemed unsafe, said two industry sources familiar with the plan….continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Study shows Aberdeen, Harrisburg, Canton and Mobridge in or near oil train ‘blast zones’

July 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Some South Dakota communities are in or near what one environmental group calls the “blast zones” of railroads that carry oil shipments from North Dakota and Canada.

The group ForestEthics has put together a searchable map at explosive-crude-b…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com