Rail safety http://www.kplu.org en Crews Work to Prevent Landslides on Seattle-Everett Rail Corridor http://www.kplu.org/post/crews-work-prevent-landslides-seattle-everett-rail-corridor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rail is an increasingly popular option for commuters between Seattle and Everett. But there’s one big drawback: the tracks are plagued by falling mud, rocks, and plant material. Last winter, slides delayed 81 Amtrak trains, and 206 Sounder commuter trains.</span></p><p>Now heavy equipment is clearing debris from the slopes above the tracks and building walls to catch small stuff that slides. They’re also beefing up safety fences, which act like tripwires on the hillsides that automatically stop trains when there is a slide.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:57:32 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9697 at http://www.kplu.org Crews Work to Prevent Landslides on Seattle-Everett Rail Corridor Main rail line south of Chehalis examined for tampering http://www.kplu.org/post/main-rail-line-south-chehalis-examined-tampering <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Sheriff&#39;s deputies and BNSF railroad police are investigating what they say are about a dozen instances of possible tampering with the tracks in southwest Washington. BNSF officials declined to make any connection with an ongoing labor dispute in Longview.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 16:04:25 +0000 Tom Banse 2735 at http://www.kplu.org