Category Archives: Carmen Division

NTSB Blames Union Pacific for Fatal Wyoming Train Crash; Air brake Tests Could have Prevented Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board determined on Jan. 25 that an airbrake failure caused the fatal, Oct. 4, 2018, collision between two Union Pacific trains in Granite Canyon, Wyo. The collision occurred when the air brakes on an eastbound UP freight train failed while descending a hill. The NTSB determined an air-flow restriction in the brake

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FRA Rules Against Rail Labor in Brake Safety Standards Opposed by TCU Carman Division

On January 15, 2020, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued an extensive Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled “Brake System Safety Standards.” The NPRM proposed sweeping changes to brake inspections standards, and incorporated into the regulations, a large number of waivers it has issued to railroads and railroad associations. Among these changes, are modifications to

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Litigation Update – Court Vacates FRA Approval of Mexican Engineer Use

On August 28, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA’s) approval of the Kansas City Southern Railway Company’s (KCSR’s) plan to use Mexican engineers to operate trains within the U.S. As background, KCSR recently developed a revised engineer certification program for engineers working for

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