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Sat May 15, 2021, 08:40 PM

A 50-car train derailed in Minnesota

A 50-car Union Pacific train derailed Saturday afternoon in Minnesota, leaving dozens of cars piled up in a lakeside wreckage.

The Albert Lea Police Department said in a statement that no one was injured in the derailment. The statement added that a Hazmat team was on scene "to assist with material load containment," and that there was "nothing airborne at this time."

Aerial footage from the local news station WCCO showed what appeared to be dozens of derailed train cars piled up on top of one another and partially submerged in water.

A Union Pacific spokesperson told Insider in a statement that the derailment affected roughly 28 of the train's cars. Though the company was "working to identify what is in the derailed cars," the spokesperson said the train was carrying mixed commodities.


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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2021 OP
marble falls May 2021 #1
WhiskeyGrinder May 2021 #2
marble falls May 2021 #3
WhiskeyGrinder May 2021 #4
Mawspam2 May 2021 #5

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 08:53 PM

1. New motto: "It's the Infrastructure, Stupid."

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Sat May 15, 2021, 09:02 PM

2. Rail lines are privately owned.

I mean, I'm happy with nationalizing them...

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #2)

Sat May 15, 2021, 09:21 PM

3. It's infrastruture used by the public. AmTrac ...

Founded in 1971 as a quasi-public corporation to operate many U.S. passenger rail routes,[1][2][3] Amtrak receives a combination of state and federal subsidies but is managed as a for-profit organization.[4] The United States federal government through the Secretary of Transportation owns all the company's issued and outstanding preferred stock.[5] Amtrak's headquarters is located one block west of Union Station in Washington, D.C.[6]

Amtrak serves more than 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces, operating more than 300 trains daily over 21,400 miles (34,000 km) of track. Amtrak owns approximately 623 miles of this track and operates an additional 132 miles of track. Some track sections allow trains to run as fast as 150 mph (240 km/h).[4]

Yes, I know: Amtrak owns very little track.

BUT, Dept of Transportation spends money right now to help the RRs maintain track.

Federal Funding Resources | US Department of Transportation
[Search domain transportation.gov] https://www.transportation.gov/highlights/disaster-recovery/funding/federal
The FRA's Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program offers direct Federal loans and loan guarantees to railroads, State and local governments, government-sponsored authorities and corporations, joint ventures that include at least one railroad, and limited option freight shippers who intend to construct a new rail connection.

23 CFR 646.216 - General procedures. | CFR | US Law ...
[Search domain law.cornell.edu] https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/23/646.216
(2) Where a railroad is not adequately staffed, Federal-aid funds may participate in the amounts paid to engineering consultants and others for required services, provided such amounts are not based on a percentage of the cost of construction, either under contracts for individual projects or under existing written continuing contracts where such work is regularly performed for the railroad in its own work under such contracts at reasonable costs.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #3)

Sat May 15, 2021, 09:30 PM

4. UP is a multi-billion-dollar company. You think it needs government money to keep its

tracks in shape or to staff locomotives? Come on.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #3)

Sun May 16, 2021, 12:25 AM

5. This trackage is not an Amtrak route.


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