February 28, 2014 |
A FREIGHT TRAIN carrying crude oil derailed on a Grays Ferry bridge last month because a maintenance crew didn't follow protocols, the rail line's operator reported yesterday. CSX, according to a statement, told the Federal Railroad Administration that the Jan. 20 derailment over the Schuylkill occurred during a maintenance upgrade. The crew, according to CSX, finished the upgrade without "following CSX engineering protocols. " The crew did not replace temporary fasteners on the railroad ties with permanent ties, CSX said.
March 16, 2013 |
As Jersey Shore towns look for ways to rebuild boardwalks destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, one company is offering a recycled building material that it says is more durable than wood and reuses tons of plastic that would otherwise end up in landfills. Axion International, based in Union County, combines the kinds of plastic used in milk jugs and car dashboards to fabricate a substance that is strong enough to make railroad ties, and is resistant to the waves and water that degrade wooden boardwalks over time.
July 16, 2009 |
Almost three decades have gone by since railcars hauled sugar from the old Jack Frost refinery on the Delaware River. But that hasn't deterred an obscure, 120-year-old railroad company from staking a claim to the land under those ghost tracks - and throwing another challenge in the path of the SugarHouse Casino project. The Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad is trying to prevent SugarHouse developers from using a strip of land that cuts across the project's 22-acre site, which straddles Fishtown and Northern Liberties.
February 19, 1999 |
There's an old verse about coal miners, and the last lines go like this: "Nothing but blackness above "And nothing that moves but the cars . . . "God, if You wish for our love "Fling us a handful of stars. " It is the lot of men who toil beneath the earth to dream of the open heavens, to be captivated by air and space. This is one of the themes at work in "October Sky," the story, the true story, of a West Virginia boy condemned to a life in the mines, rescued by his dream of reaching the stratosphere.
November 9, 1997 |
Village of Stoney Run, Maple Shade, Burlington County After speeding along bustling Route 73 in Maple Shade - a major highway two minutes from Routes 38, Interstate 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike that is lined with an eclectic mix of commercialism - turning into the Village of Stoney Run gives one a pleasant jolt. Quiet in timbre and tone, the heavily wooded garden-apartment community appears quite cozy, and far removed from commercial establishments. "I work in New York City, and this is near the bus to New York . . . and it's near the mall, as well as family and friends," said Carolyn Paloscio, 28. A trading assistant in a New York bank, Paloscio has lived at the Village of Stoney Run with Julio Robles, 24, for a little more than a year.
July 1, 1997 |
A 4-year-old boy was struck and critically injured by a SEPTA commuter train last evening in West Philadelphia as he apparently played on the railroad tracks. At about 5:15 p.m., the boy, Raheem Kelly, of Yeadon, who was visiting his grandparents in the Regent Street area of Kingsessing, was on the tracks near the 49th Street station, possibly looking for tadpoles that live in the puddles between the railroad ties. A westbound R3 train sounded its whistle, but Raheem could not escape in time, witnesses said.
November 21, 1996 |
In a move that could strengthen their hand in prolonged negotiations with Mount Holly Township, the Burlington County freeholders last night discussed a plan to increase the number of county-owned parking spaces by about 20 percent. R. Thomas Jaggard, the county's planning engineer, presented the freeholders with a renovation plan to create an additional 119 spaces within the existing 513-space county parking lot off Rancocas Road. "These lots were put together over 10 years," Jaggard said.
April 22, 1996 |
A burning freight train rumbled through Tredyffrin, East Whiteland and West Whiteland Townships yesterday morning, touching off small brush fires along seven miles of track running along houses near Route 202 and businesses near Lancaster Avenue. Three carloads of wooden railroad ties caught fire somewhere east of Berwyn and were extinguished in Thorndale, where the train stopped after Chester County emergency dispatchers alerted Conrail about the blaze, company spokesman Ray Husband said.
March 13, 1996 |
A troubled bridge over Bucks County waters has closed, bringing a serene silence to the quaint little village of Wycombe. The approximately 1,000 residents of the Victorian village, placed on the National Historic Register in 1985, are enjoying quietude for the first time in years. On Feb. 23, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closed the 91-year-old, six-arch stone bridge over Mill Creek, which divides the central Bucks town, literally and philosophically. The one-lane bridge, also on the Historic Register, has a yawning crack where the roadway meets the retaining wall on the upstream side.
September 7, 1995 |
Firefighters clear away railroad ties after a fire at the SEPTA yard near State Road. No one was injured during the blaze yesterday, officials said, and the cause was under investigation.