Union Pacific Admits Jumping The Gun, Misjudging Wind Before Halting Metra TrainsTrains on three busy Metra lines were halted for about 90 minutes Monday morning, out of fear of high winds from storms that swept through the area, but it appears to have been much ado about nothing.
Rail Officials Warn Drivers To Use Extra Caution In WinterUnion Pacific said drivers need to be even more careful when road conditions are snowy and slick, because it takes a 100-car train going 60 miles an hour up to a mile and a half to come to a complete stop, so by the time a train engineer spots your car on the tracks with the train bearing down, it's too late.
Police Chief: Teen Was 'Breezing' Before He Was Killed By TrainThe final moments of a 14-year-old's life are shown on a Union Pacific railroad videotape seen just yesterday by the police chief in Maple Park, about 60 miles west of Chicago.
Historic Union Pacific Train Helping Warn Of Rail DangersA distinctive train from the past will be running for a second consecutive day in the Chicago area Wednesday, in a drive to make motorists and pedestrians more aware around railroad tracks and crossings.
Three More Metra Lines Get Wind Gauges To Reduce Storm DelaysUnion 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.
Metra Rail Partner: Service Meltdown Won't Happen AgainBoth the Union Pacific and Metra stressed that Friday’s meeting was meant to explain -- not justify -- what happened earlier this month. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Metra Board To Seek Answers On Recent Weather DelaysMembers of Metra's board are expected to have some blunt questions Friday for a top-level official from the railroad that operates three of its commuter lines about its performance in the storms and bitter cold since the first of the year.
Metra Hoping To Reduce Wind Delays With New SolutionThe commuter rail agency’s high-wind solution is decidedly low-tech -- the anemometer, a wind-speed measuring instrument that has been around for more than 500 years.
Feds: Fatal Train Derailment, Bridge Collapse Caused By HeatThe Federal Railroad Administration said it’s likely that temperatures of 103 degrees last July caused train tracks to buckle, derailing a coal train, and causing the bridge it was traveling on to collapse.
Union Pacific Signal Problems Lead To Some Metra DelaysSystemwide signal problems on the Union Pacific railroad on Tuesday morning led to a handful of Metra trains being delayed or stopped while the issue was fixed.
Plan For New Bridge At Site Of Deadly Train WreckA new railroad bridge will be built at the site of a deadly train derailment and viaduct collapse in the northern suburbs on July 4.
Durbin Wants Railroads To Conduct More Frequent Track InspectionsU.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is urging the railroad industry to help prevent future train derailments that might be caused by extreme heat by conducting more frequent track inspections.