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Crews work to clean up diesel fuel after CN derailment in Montreal

MONTREAL - Crews were cleaning up on Sunday after a CN train jumped the tracks in a Montreal neighbourhood, spilling diesel fuel from one of its engines. Louis-Antoine Paquin, a spokesman for CN, said the freight train was travelling from Halifax to Montreal and wasn't carrying any dangerous goods. Paquin said two locomotives as well as two cars carrying grain came off the rails early Sunday in Montreal's St. Henri district — but all of them remained upright. "There was a fuel leak from one of the locomotives as a result of the incident," Paquin said.

Exclusive: BNSF to take bids to buy up to 5,000 safer oil railcars

By Kristen Hays and Cezary Podkul HOUSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - BNSF Railway Co plans to buy its own fleet of up to 5,000 new crude oil tank cars with safety features that exceed the latest industry standards, the company, a unit of investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said on Thursday. The unusual step by one of the largest U.S. railroads aims to further the industry's push for safer movement of crude by rail after several recent accidents, including one involving a BNSF train in North Dakota in December.

Saskatchewan cabinet minister to meet with rail companies over grain backlog

REGINA - Saskatchewan Economy Minister Bill Boyd says he's "not very optimistic" that a grain backlog which has left a bumper crop in bins across the Prairies will be cleared soon. Boyd says grain-handling companies have said that it may be well into 2015 before the backlog is cleared. He says the problem could be compounded when this year's crop comes off the fields.

Saskatchewan cabinet minister to meet with rail companies over grain backlog

REGINA - Saskatchewan Economy Minister Bill Boyd says he's not very optimistic that a grain backlog which has left a bumper crop in bins across the Prairies will be cleared soon. Boyd says grain handling companies have indicated that it may be well into 2015 before the backlog is cleared. He is leading a delegation of Saskatchewan cabinet ministers to a meeting with CN Rail (TSX:CNR) officials Thursday in Montreal and he plans to meet with CP Rail (TSX:CP) on Friday to talk about ways to get the grain moving.

CP CEO: 'Almighty dollar' to blame for slow switch to newer oil tank cars

CALGARY - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) CEO Hunter Harrison says the "almighty dollar" is holding up badly needed changes to rail safety. In a passionate speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, the plain-spoken, Memphis-born railway veteran said the time for study is over — older-model DOT-111 tank cars used to haul crude oil among other things must removed from North American tracks immediately.

Customs agency pushes exports of its electronic clearance system

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's customs agency said Wednesday that it will accelerate efforts to export the domestically developed electronic customs clearance system called "UNI-PASS." The Korea Customs Service (KCS) said it aims to export the system to developing countries such as Colombia, Cameroon, Costa Rica and Uzbekistan. It hopes to sell about US$147 million worth of UNI-PASS over the next three years.

Railway involved in Lac-Megantic disaster to get new name after sale: report

MONTREAL - The company at the centre of the train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed part of Lac-Megantic, Que., last July, is reportedly getting a new name. The Bangor Daily News said Friday the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway will become known as the Central Maine and Quebec Railway when its sale is finalized. It is being sold to Railroad Acquisition Holdings, an affiliate of New York-based Fortress Investment Group. A consultant working with Fortress on the railway purchase confirmed the new name to the newspaper in an email.

Transport working group says more needs to be done on railway tank car safety

OTTAWA - A government-commissioned rail safety working group says not enough has been done to ensure the safety of tank cars used to transport crude oil through Canadian communities. With the House of Commons shut down for a weeklong break, Transport Canada quietly posted three reports late Friday that were given to Transport Minister Lisa Raitt on Jan. 31. The reports deal with classification issues for flammable products, emergency response issues and means of containment.

Exclusive: Canadian Pacific follows CN, to slap surcharge on older oil tank cars

By Nia Williams and Solarina Ho CALGARY/TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd <CP.TO> is slapping a surcharge on customers who transport crude in older tank cars, following its larger rival in seeking to deter shippers from using the model involved in a series of fiery crashes.

U.S. rail-industry group: Let's go further on safety

WASHINGTON - It's only been a few weeks since Canadian policy-makers announced safety changes to rail cars but elements within the industry already want to go further. An industry association in the U.S. released a letter Wednesday asking that all new oil-carrying train cars be equipped with three elements: a thicker, puncture-proof metal shell; taller shields on each end; and thermal insulation.
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