RWU Campaigns

Opposition to Long & Heavy Trains

Railroad Workers United (RWU) has embarked upon a campaign to limit the length and tonnage of freight trains across North America. The goal is to reverse the long running trend whereby the rail carriers assemble ever longer and heavier trains which are dangerous to railroad workers, pedestrians and motorists, trackside communities, the environment, and society in general.
RWU expects that through this effort, the public will gain a far better understanding of the dangers of long and heavy trains and the need to reduce length and tonnage. We invite citizens’ advocacy organizations, environmental groups and others – including the rail unions of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico -- to join us in this movement to oppose this dangerous practice.  READ MORE

RESOLUTION -- RWU Resolution in Support of Limits to Long & Heavy Trains

FLYER -- "Long & Heavy Freight Trains - Hazardous to Railroad Workers, the Environment & the General Public"

PRESS RELEASE -- Railroad Workers’ Group Opposes Long and Heavy Trains

ARTICLE 1 -- 10/7/15 -- The LA Times published an article entitled, "Why Are So Many Oil Trains Crashing? Track Problems May Be to Blame".  The article reports on the problems caused by long & heavy crude oil trains.

ARTICLE 2 -- 9/15/16 -- More recently, an article was published that suggested that a "sloshing" effect could cause long and heavy oil trains to derail more frequently than others. Why Do Oil Trains Derail More Often than Ethanol Trains?

ARTICLE 3 -- 7/7/16 -- In another 2016 article on the blog DESMOG, they ask a similar question in a feature article: Are Oil Trains Just Too Heavy? No Regulations, No Weigh To Know

ARTICLE 4 -- 2/26/11 -- The Canadian Blog site called Railroaded asks this question in 2014: Derailments Caused by Too Long Trains?

ARTICLE 5 -- 2/10/10 -- Popular Mechanics weighed in on the whole subject in 2010: Is Bigger Better? 'Monster' Trains vs Freight Trains

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