rail freight http://michiganradio.org en Rail company to keep trying for Toledo link funds http://michiganradio.org/post/rail-company-keep-trying-toledo-link-funds <p>BLISSFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A railroad company in southeastern Michigan's Lenawee County says it will keep pushing for financial help in reestablishing a freight line to Toledo, Ohio.</p><p></p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:17:34 +0000 Associated Press 15986 at http://michiganradio.org Rail company to keep trying for Toledo link funds A conference in Lansing this week will attempt to put Michigan railroads on the right track http://michiganradio.org/post/conference-lansing-week-will-attempt-put-michigan-railroads-right-track <p>In Lansing this week, a group hopes to lay the course for developing Michigan's railroads.</p><p></p><p>There is a growing demand for passenger and freight rail transportation. But the question is how to increase capacity on the rail lines that crisscross Michigan.</p><p>Tuesday’s conference at Lansing Community College will try to answer that capacity question.</p><p>Pasi Lautala is an engineering professor at Michigan Technological University and the director of the MTU Rail Transportation Program.&nbsp;&nbsp; He’s also one of the co-chairs of the conference.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 04:26:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14127 at http://michiganradio.org A conference in Lansing this week will attempt to put Michigan railroads on the right track Train derails in Kalamazoo, injuries and spills avoided http://michiganradio.org/post/train-derails-kalamazoo-injuries-and-spills-avoided <p>According to <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/01/post_242.html">a report by <span class="author_byline"><span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Simon A. Thalmann </span></span> </span>with the Kalamazoo Gazette</a>, a freight train derailed this morning in Kalamazoo when it encountered a damaged section of track, but Grand Elk Railroad officials say all rail cars remained upright and nothing was spilled as a result of the accident.</p><p>Thalmann reports:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It gets cold and the rail gets brittle,&quot; a Grand Elk official said of the section of rail that broke. &quot;The circumstances were right.&quot;</p><p>A section of rail about 60 feet long broke, with one rail protruding upward and the other snapped and lying in snow.</p><p>The train was carrying liquid clay to Graphic Packaging when it derailed at around 10 a.m., according to railroad officials.</p></blockquote><p>Photos of the derailment by the Gazette&#39;s Fritz Klug can be found <a href="http://photos.mlive.com/4472/gallery/train_derailment_in_kalamazoo/index.html">here</a>. Tue, 03 Jan 2012 21:28:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5618 at http://michiganradio.org