The rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment this week were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, railroad officials said.
Trains on Metra’s BNSF Railway were halted near west suburban Hinsdale on Monday, after a train hit a car, just a few hours after earlier delays due to debris on the tracks in Cicero.
Union Pacific rules require trains operated by UP to stop when there are extreme winds. Without the gauges, trains have to stop whenever there are powerful winds anywhere in the greater Chicagoland area, not just along a specific line.
A freight train derailment in west suburban Cicero Monday night has caused service disruptions on Metra’s BNSF Line that have lasted into the Tuesday morning commute.
Several Metra trains on the Union Pacific/North Line and the BNSF Railway are not running Monday morning due to “manpower” issues.
Metra and the BNSF Railway are apologizing to riders, because of a series of delays on the BNSF commuter line over the past few weeks.
The death of a man who was hit by a freight train Friday night in west suburban Riverside was a suicide, an autopsy has determined.
Trains were stopped for four hours midday Wednesday when a crane erecting a new signal bridge above the BNSF Ry. tracks in Westmont toppled over, taking the bridge with it.
Mechanical problems halted a Metra train bound for the western suburbs Tuesday night for more than an hour, causing headaches for other BNSF Railway commuters.
Commuters can expect delays this morning on Metra’s BNSF line after a disabled freight train halted five trains inbound into the city.
Metra has been rolling with the punches in severe weather the past few weeks, the same as everyone else. But the recent storms have underscored a difference that is creating delays for commuters.