Train collision kills at least 40 in northern India

May 27, 2014

Train collision kills at least 40 in northern India

An express train slammed into a parked freight train in northern India on Monday, killing at least 40 people and reducing cars to a heap of torn and twisted metal, officials said. The Gorakhpur Express passenger train was traveling at high speed and slammed ...

Russian Rail pays billions in secret

May 24, 2014

Russian Rail pays billions in secret

One of Russia’s biggest state companies has handed billions of dollars to mysterious private contractors that disguise their ownership or have little or no presence at their registered headquarters, a Reuters investigation has found. Russian Railways, led by Vladimir Yakunin, an old friend of ...

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

May 23, 2014

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

Cash-strapped France will have to trim back about 1,300 rail platforms at a cost of $68 million because new trains on order are too wide. France’s secretary of state for transport, Frederic Cuvillier, called it a “tragically comical,” “mind-boggling” mix-up, blaming a lack of ...

Four killed, dozens injured in Taiwan subway stabbing spree

May 22, 2014

Four killed, dozens injured in Taiwan subway stabbing spree

A university student wielding a knife attacked riders aboard a subway train in Taiwan’s capital on Wednesday, killing four people and injuring at least 21 others, police and local media said. The seemingly random attack occurred at about 4 p.m. at the start of ...

Railroads try out natural gas locomotives

Jan 24, 2014

Railroads try out natural gas locomotives

The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping. Rail companies want ...

Cracked wheel, broken rail at Canada derailment

Jan 10, 2014

Cracked wheel, broken rail at Canada derailment

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said Thursday a cracked wheel might have caused a train carrying oil to derail in New Brunswick, causing a large fire that continues to burn a day and a half later. Lead investigator Guy Laporte said a crack in a ...

Driver of derailed NYC train caught self 'nodding'

Dec 4, 2013

Driver of derailed NYC train caught self 'nodding'

The engineer in a commuter-train derailment that killed four people over the weekend caught himself nodding at the controls just before the wreck, a union official said Tuesday. William Rockefeller “caught himself, but he caught himself too late,” said Anthony Bottalico, leader of the ...

Derailed NYC commuter train took curve at high speed

Dec 3, 2013

Derailed NYC commuter train took curve at high speed

A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 132 kph as it entered a 48 kph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanical trouble was unclear, he ...

NYC train derailment kills 4, injures more than 60

Dec 2, 2013

NYC train derailment kills 4, injures more than 60

A New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed Sunday, killing four people and injuring more than 60 in a crash that threw some riders from toppling cars and swiftly raised questions about whether excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error could ...

French trains offer English lessons to busy commuters

Nov 23, 2013

French trains offer English lessons to busy commuters

“Welcome aboard, ready for the lesson?” the teacher asks three passengers sitting down to their English class in one of the carriages of the 7:43 a.m. commuter train to Paris. It is not your usual classroom inside this train making the 45-minute trip from ...