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    Haunted Railroad Tracks In San Antonio | Dead Explorer #80

    August 17, 2019


    So we just finished doing some ghosthunting
    at the mission and we just happen to come across the tracks from the urban legend of
    the kids pushing a car over the tracks. So we decided we wanted to go check it out. I
    am Alejandro. I search the world for paranormal activity. I am the Dead Explorer. So, before
    we do it, you know, if you look straight up here all the way across you can see there
    is definitely a gradual decline all the way down. Even from this area right here, but
    if you driver further back down that way and try to look down this way it’s a weird optical
    illusion where you can’t see the grade of the decline that much. That’s why people
    think its flat, but it’s not flat. It’s not flat at all. No. You can see that over
    there is higher where we are at. Even all the way through, even right here, you can
    see it all the way. Do you have the recorder? I’ll hold the recorder. Do you got it? I
    don’t got it. Here you go. So you are behind us, you have a better bird’s eye view. Oh-oh
    here comes the rape van. So if you are right here and you look straight down it looks flat
    right? Yea. Yep. It looks perfectly flat. They say leave your vehicle.. oh shoot, watch
    out for the rape van for real. Maybe I will roll up the windows, roll up the windows.
    Roll up the windows man. Who are these guys? It’s all white. Film it, film it, film it.
    You on it Jay? Yea. They are going to do the train tracks. That’s funny we came out to
    the train tracks and now are going to watch somebody else do it. Can you zoom in? Yea.
    I’m zoomed it. You’re zoomed in. Is it moving? Yea it’s moving. I don’t know
    if it’s just gas, but watch you can do it from even all the way right here. I put it
    in neutral, shut it off, ok? I’m going to let go of the brake. As soon as you see me
    let go of the brake it will take off. See? Is there any kids with us? Man it’s picking
    up speed. Yea man, but when you come down from the other way you can totally see its
    downhill. Yea, there is nothing to it man. Now I have a story. I wish Wendy was with
    us. I’m going to stop right her. So these are the tracks? Now we start going up, you
    see that? Now we start going up. Ok, so we are going uphill right now. Now we are in
    a rut. Okay. There is no possible way we can go anywhere, maybe back, but we are in a rut.
    Alright. Wendy came out here with her brother Wes, no her brother William, they sat in this
    rut, they were out here for two hours, and they literally felt something push the car
    like it literally something pushed the car through the rut off. We got one of these in
    Austin man. Everybody does. All over the United States people have the urban legends of the
    kids pushing a car over the railroad tracks. Yea, so tit saves them. There is, you know,
    around certain times of the year people will actually come out, you will see people drawing;
    they put candles out and draw pentagrams, they do a bunch of dumb stuff. People do séances,
    it’s dumb. This area, like you said, this whole area is weird, but you know who knows
    what the real story is? You ready to go home? You ready? Yea, these kids aren’t going to
    push us. Thank you for watching Dead Explorer Real Paranormal Videos. Please make sure you
    favorite and like this video and subscribe for more Dead Explorer.

    Celebrating Chinese American’s contribution to the Golden Spike Railroad
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    Celebrating Chinese American’s contribution to the Golden Spike Railroad

    August 15, 2019


    68, 73, 78. IT DOES COOL DOWN A LITTLE BIT MONDAY. AND THERE WILL BE SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS NEXT WEEK. NOTHING LIKE WE SAW THE LAST TWO DAYS. IT DOES COOL BACK DOWN TO THE LOW 70s. SURAE, I LOVE THIS FORECAST FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. BACK TO YOU. Surae: I THINK YOU WON’T BE THE ONLY ONE. THANK YOU, DAN. Dan: YOU’RE WELCOME. Surae: WE ARE APPROACHING THE 150th GOLDEN SPIKE RAILROAD ANNIVERSARY. IT WOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE CONTRIBUTION OF CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS. THIS YEAR, THE CHINESE-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IS MAKING SURE THEIR ANCESTORS GET RECOGNIZED FOR THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS THEY HAD BUILDING THE RAILROAD. JOINING US WE HAVE MICHAEL AND MARGARET FROM THE CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS DESCENDERS ASSOCIATION. WELCOME. Guest: THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. Surae: THE 150th ANNIVERSARY, LONG HISTORY. IT’S A TIME WE SHOULD NOT FORGET THE HISTORY OF BUILDING THIS COUNTRY. Guest: CERTAINLY. THE 150 YEARS HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS. WE’VE KNOWN THE ANNIVERSARY WAS COMING UP. AND WE WANTED TO CELEBRATE THIS. AND REALLY TELL THE STORY OF THE CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS, WHICH HASN’T BEEN TOLD VERY WELL FOR THE LAST 150 YEARS. Surae: IN LARGE PART, IT’S BEEN IGNORED. NOT REALLY IN HISTORY BOOKS. SO THIS IS A PRIME TIME TO REALLY TELL PEOPLE AND BRING THIS TO LIGHT TO PEOPLE OF THE NEXT GENERATION. Guest: ABSOLUTELY. SO WE’RE PLANNING A CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK TO DO JUST THAT. WE WANT TO TELL PEOPLE OUR STORY. AND LET THEM UNDERSTAND THAT THE CHINESE AND REALLY THE ASIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY HAS BEEN IN THIS COUNTRY FOR MORE THAN 150 YEARS. WE’VE BEEN PART OF AMERICA. AND HE ARE AS AMERICAN AS ANYBODY ELSE. Surae: THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD, IT REALLY CONNECTED US FROM ALL THE STATES. TELL US THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS HUGE UNDERTAKING. Guest: YOU HAVE TO THINK AT THE TIME, WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A CIVIL WAR THAT DIVIDED THE COUNTRY. WHEN WE STARTED THE TR TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD, WE WERE STILL FIGHTING THE WAR. AFTER THE WAR, WE WERE ABLE TO REUNITE THE COUNTRY NORTH AND SOUTH AS WELL AS EAST AND WEST. PEOPLE FROM FREED SLAVES TO CIVIL WAR VETERANS, IRISH, ITALIAN, GREEK, AND MORMONS, ALL WORKED ON IT WITH THE CHINESE. IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO COME TOGETHER. Surae: OF COURSE, WE HAVE THAT RICH HISTORY HERE IN UTAH AS WELL. SO EVEN MORE SO TO CELEBRATE, RIGHT, MARGARET? Guest: YES. AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A CONFERENCE TO TELL THE STORY. OUR CONFERENCE IS AT THE MARRIOTT HOTEL. IT STARTS MAY 8th TO MAY 11th. HOPING THAT EVERYBODY WILL COME TO JOIN US TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE STORY. Surae: I MEAN, PEOPLE DIED BUILDING THIS. THERE’S SO MUCH. AND THEN, ALSO FOLLOWING THAT, SO MUCH DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE ASIAN COMMUNITY. SO IT IS THAT MUCH MORE IMPORTANT TO REALLY REMEMBER WHAT THE CHINESEAMERICANS DID. Guest: ABSOLUTELY. WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE RAILROAD, IS AS SIGNIFICANT AS THE BUILDING OF THE RAILROAD. AFTER WE HAVE THIS LARGE INFLUX OF CHINESE THAT COME TO THE UNITED STATES, WE SEE A GROWING ANIMUS AGAINST THAT COMMUNITY. THEY BELIEVED WE WERE TAKING JOBS. AND YOU HEAR THAT EVEN NOW WITH NEW IMMIGRANTS. THAT THEY TAKE JOBS. THEY DRIVE DOWN WAGES. AND THAT ACTUALLY LED TO THE FIRST TIME AMERICA EVER EXCLUDED A RACE FROM COMING TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1882. Surae: SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN AND CELEBRATE. AGAIN, IT IS MAY 8th THROUGH THE 11th AT THE SALT LAKE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN CITY CREEK. AND IF YOU WANT MORE

    A Bridge Between the USA and Russia
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    A Bridge Between the USA and Russia

    August 15, 2019


    The relationship between the USA and Russia is complicated. JFK: “It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile, launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States.” *Intense laughter* JFK: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Their rivalry defined the second half of the 20th century. Reagan: “Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall.” Millions are spent each year trying to improve relations, and even more spent undermining them again. To many their opposites; chalk and cheese, vodka and apple pie, Oceania vs Eurasia, East vs West. It’s easy to forget that only 51 miles separates them. If we’re going to spend so much time, energy and money trying to build bridges between Russia and America, then why not just build an actual bridge? In 1986 Ronald Reagan gave engineer Tung Yun Lin a National Medal of Science, Lin handed back to him a 16-page plan for an intercontinental peace bridge. Whether for environmental, financial, or political reasons a bridge across the Bering Strait has been on someone’s agenda ever since. Most of this talk has come to nothing, but in 2015 Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping started to make some actual plans. *Theme music* The Bering Strait is a 51 mile sea passage separating Siberia and Alaska. In 1867 the US bought Alaska for 7.2 million dollars or 2 cents an acre. This created a new border right down the middle separating two small islands, Big Diomede (Russian), and Little Diomede (now American). The same boundary is followed today by the International Date Line, giving the Diomedes the adorable nicknames of “Tomorrow Island” and “Yesterday Isle”. Ever since the Cold War Big Diomede and most of Russia’s Eastern Shore has been a military zone. No travel is permitted. In fact, you can’t arrive or depart there even with a Russian visa. The closest you can get is the port of Provideniya, and even then you should probably get permission before rocking up. This hasn’t stopped people trying though, in 2006 Karl Bushby and Dimitri Kieffer navigated the strait’s ice floes on foot. However Lynne Cox swam between the Diomedes in 1987, The public support was so immense that Reagan and Gorbachev thanked her at the signing of the nuclear forces treaty. Gorbachev: “It took a daring American girl by the name of Lynne Cox a mere two hours to swim the distance separating our two countries, By her courage she showed how close to each other our two peoples live.” Trump: “We’re not gonna let them violate a nuclear agreement, and go out and do weapons. So we’re going to terminate the agreement. We’re gonna pull out.” We could really do with another Lynne Cox right now. Something to bring the US and Russia together. The whole world a little closer. Even if it has to be marketed to us as a trade deal or a “Trans-Pacific Infrastructure Investment”. A bridge would be a common project, a physical link forcing superpowers to cooperate. But ignoring all political and financial hurdles for now. Is it even possible? Currently the world’s longest sea bridge is 34 miles across, Connecting Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macau in China. And although the Bering Strait is 51 miles, the longest bridge you’d actually have to build would only be 26. The Diomedes make two perfect stopping points. You could build a US bridge on one side and a Russian bridge on the other. In fact, make it a race the loser has to build the three-mile bridge connecting the two. Construction would be slow, for seven months of the year the temperature is well below freezing, and although the Strait rarely freezes large chunks of ice are funneled through the passage from the Arctic. These ice floes would exert enormous pressure on any structure we built. There may be engineering solution around this, but perhaps the simplest would be to scrap the bridge and dig a tunnel. Tunnels may not lend themselves to metaphors as well, but they’re warmer, often cheaper over long distances, you can lay gas, oil, and electricity alongside. They’re protected from harsh weather, and ships can still pass above them. With the Arctic ice caps melting, the Bering Strait could become a very busy shipping lane in the next 20 years. The Strait is relatively shallow, the maximum depth is only 55 metres. The Channel Tunnel is a hundred metres below sea level. That opened in 1994 connecting the UK to Europe, and that relationship is going swimmingly. A tunnel (unlike a bridge) doesn’t have to intersect the Diomedes, it can start and end at more convenient points. But therein lies the problem. There are no convenient points. Here’s a map of the Alaskan and Siberian road networks, the closest highways are 2,000 miles apart. In Russia anything east of Magadan is impossible to get to by car. And although there are plans for major Alaskan routes, anything west of Fairbanks is tricky. Tunnelling under the Bering Strait would be the easy part, you’d also have to build thousands of miles of roads, over rough terrain, in incredibly harsh conditions. And after all that you’ve still got to persuade people to drive it. The only sensible option would be a train. You’ll still face all the same obstacles during construction, but a warm high-speed railroad from Anchorage to Vladivostok is way more convenient than a 60 hour drive through the Arctic. The main use of such a railroad would be freight. If we extend the network through North America and into China, it could transport a significant amount of the world’s cargo. But now we’ve got one of the biggest engineering projects in the world, costing hundreds of billions of dollars. Is there a need for it? An Arctic railroad would have to compete with our existing freight network, boats and planes. The busiest shipping route in the world by cargo is China to North America. So let’s say we want to ship one metric ton between the two busiest ports, Shanghai to Vancouver. We’ve got four options; ship, air, rail ,and road. A boat can do it in 15 to 20 days, cost us $300, and produce 225kg of CO2. Plane: 1 day, $3,500, 4,400kg. A train: 2 to 4 days, $400, 630kg. And a truck: 7 to 10 days, $900, 1,050kg. If speed is the priority and money no object, a plane is the way to go. But if speed doesn’t matter and you want the best value for money then shipping is the clear winner. Ships and planes account for 90% of global trade, that is a lot of fuel being burned all day, every day. Diesel trains are not environmentally friendly, but both Alaska and Siberia have stores of untapped geothermal energy. We need to replace as many major transport routes as possible with renewable alternatives, and high-speed electric trains are one of them. There’d definitely be a market for an Arctic railroad, it would dramatically improve travel time without an enormous increase in price. Whether it would be profitable for whoever built it though is another matter. It would have to be a financier with very deep pockets, and probably an ulterior motive. That pretty much leaves three options; Russia, America, or China. China are building railways and shipping ports everywhere. They’re already building high-speed railways connecting Europe, Africa and Asia. All with China as the central hub. They don’t just want to be at the crossroads. They want to be the crossroads, for all future international trade and transport. That means North and South America are definitely on the agenda. In fact, they proposed a high-speed railway connecting china to the US in 2007. Putin has given China approval to build through Siberia. And then in 2015 China and Russia announced they were collaborating, to build the Siberia and Alaska passage together. This is mostly just talk, but it’s getting louder and more frequent. There’s a reasonable chance of it happening with or without US involvement. It would be a real shame if multiple countries didn’t cooperate on this project. Not to mention the dangerous power dynamic it could create. An Arctic railroad connecting China, Russia, and the US would be an amazing achievement. An opportunity for three superpowers, currently jostling for their place in the century, to collaborate on a common project. One that could genuinely improve the world, environmentally, financially, and politically.

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    You should never drive across a railroad track when gates are lowered

    August 15, 2019


    CIARA: THE RAILROAD CROSSING GATES ON FRONT STREET IN WEST SPRINGFIELD WERE LOWERED THIS WEEKEND, DESPITE THERE BEING NO TRAIN COMING THROUGH AT THE TIME. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI FOUND OUT WHY ITS NEVER SAFE TO DRIVE AROUND THOSE GATES. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: DRIVING OVER THE TRACKS WHEN THE GATES ARE DOWN, WHETHER A TRAIN IS COMING OR NOT, IS DANGEROUS AND ILLEGAL. A 22NEWS VIEWER SENT US THIS VIDEO OF CARS DRIVING AROUND THE LOWERED RAILROAD CROSSING GATES ON SATURDAY THE GATES HAD BEEN REPAIRED BY EARLY SATURDAY NIGHT. CSX DIDN’T SAY WHAT CAUSED THE GATES TO GO DOWN SATURDAY, BUT THEY SAID THE OPERATION OF THE CROSSING COULD BE AFFECTED BY EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS LIKE HEAVY RAIN OR SNOW. THEY ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO REPORT ANY RAILROAD CROSSING ISSUES IMMEDIATELY. NICK DUGAN: WEST HARTFORD, CT FIRST I’D WAIT. SAFETY SHOULD BE THE MOST UTMOST IMPORTANCE I WOULD THINK. IF THERE ARE NO FIRST RESPONDERS THERE, HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WOULD TAKE INITIATIVE. I DONT THINK SOMEONE SHOULD JUST GO AROUND. MIKE : CSX SAID YOU SHOULD ALWAYS ASSUME A TRAIN IS COMING WHEN THE GATES ARE DOWN, SINCE TRAINS CAN RUN ON ANY TRACK, IN ANY DIRECTION, AT ANY TIME. MASSDOT WILL SOON BE INSTALLING “RAILROAD CROSSING WARNING SIGNS” ON STREETS AROUND THE FRONT STREET RAILRAOD CROSSING THEY HOPE TO HAVE THE SIGNS OPERATIONAL THIS SUMMER. LIVE IN SPRINGFIELD, MM, 22NEWS.

    Railroad, Madera Police crack down on railroad crossing violators
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    Railroad, Madera Police crack down on railroad crossing violators

    August 15, 2019


    KATHRYN: RIGHT NOW… “FRESNO” CITY WORKERS… ARE TRYING TO FILL THOUSANDS OF POTHOLES… THAT HAVE DEVELOPED… IN RECENT WET WEATHER. AND CREWS ARE PROMISING TO FIX EVERY SINGLE ONE… THAT GETS REPORTED. THAT MEANS THEY NEED YOUR HELP! TO REPORT A POTHOLE IN THE CITY… YOU CAN CALL THE HOTLINE AT 621-CITY… NATS Train horn KEN: TODAY.. CBS47’S ” PEDRO QUINTANA ” WENT ON A RIDE-ALONG… WITH TRAIN OPERATORS… HE SHOWS US WHAT THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH… AS DRIVERS TRY TO BEAT A FAST- MOVING TRAIN. TAKE SOT: Pedro Quintana, @PedroQTV “Well, police officers focused their attention here at this intersection, here at Cleveland Avenue and Gateway Drive in Madera and what they HOUR…IT COULD TAKE THIS FRIEGHT TRAIN UP TO A MILE TO ACTUALLY COME TO A STOP ONCE FULL BRAKES ARE APPLIED. TAKE SOT: 14:51-14:55 “A lot of people don’t realize how fast trains move. UNION PACIFIC SPECIAL AGENT TIM SOUZA TEAMED UP WITH MADERA POLICE OFFICERS LOOKING FOR DRIVERS BEHAVING BADLY NEAR RAILROAD CROSSINGS. TAKE SOT: Tim Souza, Union Pacific Senior Special Agent 13:43- “Common violations that we see during this public safety events are people stopping on the tracks, we get trespassers crossing across the tracks in non-designated areas. WE RODE ALONG WITH THE TRAIN OPERATORS FROM UNION PACIFIC AND FOUND ONE MOTORIST ACCELERATING AFTER THE LIGHTS AT A CROSSING HAD ACITVIATED. THE ARMS HAD NOT GONE DOWN. BUT THE LAW SAYS WHEN THE LIGHTS COME ON YOU HAVE TO STOP, RAILROAD CROSSING ACCIDENTS ARE DOWN. BUT MADERA OFFICERS WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE. NAT POP: TRAIN BELL RINGING TAKE SOT: 09:33-09:39 “she was approximately two feet from the rail road tracks OFFICER KENNETH HALL AND HIS PARTNER PULLING OVER THIS DRIVER WHO WAS STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RAILROAD CROSSING AT THE CLEVELAND AND GATEWAY INTERSECTION. TAKE SOT: 10:14-10:22 “He’s going to issue her a citation in regards to the violation and well go from there.” MADERA POLICE ISSUING MORE THAN FIVE CITATIONS IN A FOUR HOUR WINDOW. REPORTINGNG

    Over 20 road closures in the CSRA due to railroad maintenance
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    Over 20 road closures in the CSRA due to railroad maintenance

    August 14, 2019


    ROUTINE RAILROAD MAINTENANCE IS STARTING THAT WILL AFFECT DRIVERS IN RICHMOND AND COLUMBIA COUNTIES…THROUGH MASSIVE ROAD CLOSURES. MORE THAN 20 ROADS WILL BE SHUT DOWN AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS. JENNIE: NEWSCHANNEL SIX’S JENNA KELLEY IS AT ONE OF THE ROAD CLOSURES NOW WITH THE DETAILS. JENNA: TRAFFIC IS SOMETHING THE C-S-R-A IS NO STRANGER TO, TRAFFIC IS SOMETHING THE C-S-R-A IS NO STRANGER TO, BUT THIS WEEK, YOU MIGHT WANT TO PLAN YOUR COMMUTE A LITTLE EARLY. CSX IS TACKLING ALL OF THE RAILROADS IN ONE WEEK WHICH IS CREATING DETOURS ALL OVER TOWN. THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT IS WORKING TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE STILL WAYS FOR YOU TO GET TO WHERE YOU NEED TO BE. 14 ROADS IN RICHMOND COUNTY AND TEN IN COLUMBIA COUNTY. 24 ALL TOGETHER SHUT DOWN BY CSX TRANSPORTATIO N FOR RAIL ROAD MAINTENANCE. JOHN USSERY/ASST. DIRECTOR OF TRAFFIC ENGINEERING: “THEY’RE GOING TO COME IN AND IMPROVE THE RAILROAD CROSSING ACROSS THE ROADWAY. SO, THEY’LL REPLACE THE RAIL ROAD TIES, THEY’LL PROBABLY REPAIR THE ASPHALT IF NECESSARY. THOSE SORTS OF THINGS.” RICHMOND COUNTY’S TRAFFIC ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT SAY CSX WANTED THE MAINTENANCE DONE IN ONE DAY, BUT THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERS SAY SHUTTING DOWN 24 STREETS AT ONE TIME WOULD NOT BE EFFECTIVE. JOHN USSERY/ASST. DIRECTOR OF TRAFFIC ENGINEERING: “THIS IS NOT NORMAL IN MY EXPERIENCE, BUT THEY TOLD US THAT THEY HAVE TWO LARGE CONSTRUCTION CREWS THAT ARE ALL GOING TO BE HERE AT THE SAME TIME.” TWO STREETS THAT WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR THIS WEEK ARE ST. SEBASTIAN WAY AND ALEXANDER DRIVE. JOHN USSERY/ASST. DIRECTOR OF TRAFFIC ENGINEERING: “IF YOU’RE GOING TO GO DOWNTOWN MANY OF THOSE ROAD CLOSURES WILL BE CLOSED THE NEXT FEW DAYS BUT TO USE ST. SEBASTIAN WAY AND WALTON WAY TO TRY TO GET AROUND THEM.” IN COLUMBIA COUNTY THOSE ROADS LISTED ON YOUR SCREEN, INCLUDING PLEASANT HOME ROAD, BASTON ROAD, IRON AND STEEL DRIVE, OLD EVANS ROAD, HIGHTOWER DRIVE, AND CLUB CAR DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED. THE DETOUR ROUTES FOR THOSE AREAS ARE THE WEST END OF WASHINGTON ROAD AT RIVERWATCH PARKWAY AND THE EAST END OF RIVER WATCH PARKWAY AND FURRYS FERRY ROAD. JENNA: THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF TRAFFIC ENGINEERING FOR RICHMOND COUNTY SAYS IT’S ONLY FOR THIS WEEK. THE RELEASE WE RECEIVED FOR COLUMBIA COUNTY’S ROADS SAYS TWO TO THREE DAYS. FOR ALL THE ROAD CLOSURES HEAD TO WJBF.COM FOR MORE. IN AUGUSTA JENNA KELLEY WJBF NEWSCHANNEL 6. JOHN:

    Two railroad companies fined $90K for failing to follow safe waste management practices
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    Two railroad companies fined $90K for failing to follow safe waste management practices

    August 14, 2019


    BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL. OSHA WAS CALLED IN TO INVESTIGATE WHAT HAPPENED. ASHLEY: THE STATE IS PENALIZING TWO RAILROAD COMPANIES FOR FAILING TO FOLLOW SAFE WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI JOINS US FROM OUR FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU TO EXPLAIN THE VIOLATIONS. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IS FINING BOTH PAN AM RAILWAYS AND THE BOSTON & MAINE CORPORATION $90 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR ABANDONING THEIR RAILROAD TIES IN MULTIPLE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS TOWNS. MASSDEP SPOKESWOMAN CATHERINE SKIBA TOLD 22NEWS THE TWO RAILROAD COMPANIES SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH THEM IN 2013, REQUIRING THEM TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF THEIR RAILROAD TIES. SCEEBA SAID THEY ISSUED THEM FINES AFTER FINDING LARGE PAN AM AND BOSTON AND MAINE RAIL TIE PILES IN GREENFIELD, BUCKLAND, AND HATFIELD. THOUSANDS OF PAN AM RAILROAD TIES CAUGHT FIRE IN JUNE OF 2017 IN A GRAVEL PIT ON ROUTE 142 IN NORTHFIELD. CHIEF SKIP DUNNELL: NORTHFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT IF THEY ARE STACKING THE TIES IN ANY COMMUNITY, THEY HAVE TO NOTIFY THE COMMUNITY OF WHATS GOING ON. BECAUSE THERE IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AND A FIRE RELATED IMPACT. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: CHIEF DUNNELL TOLD 22NEWS THE RAIL TIES HAD BEEN SITTING IN THE GRAVEL PIT ON ROUTE 142 FOR MORE THAN 8 MONTHS AND PAN AM NEVER TOLD THE TOWN THEY WERE KEEPING THEIR RAILROAD TIES THERE. . DUNNELL SAID RAILROAD TIES CAN BE VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FIRES SINCE MANY ARE SOAKED IN THE OIL, CREOSOTE. LIVE IN GREENFIELD, FOR 22NEWS,

    100 railroad ties catch fire in Fresno, crews say it could’ve been a lot worse
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    100 railroad ties catch fire in Fresno, crews say it could’ve been a lot worse

    August 14, 2019


    BOOROOJIAN. STEFANI FIREFIGHTERS IN FRESNO NOW BATTLING A RAGING FIRE NEAR THE RAILROAD LINE AT HIGHWAY 99 AND CENTRAL. THIS IS VIDEO TAKEN JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO OF THE FLAMES.. CREWS SAY 1-HUNDRED ROALROAD TIES HAVE CAUGHT FIRE…BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE AS 1-THOUSAND OF THEM ARE KEPT THERE. WITH THE HEAT WE’VE BEEN EXPERIENCING…THE FRESNO FIRE DEPARTMENT IS TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS – TO KEEP PERSONNEL SAFE. [A9]FIREFIGHTERS DEAL WITH HEAT-1X1 BOX STEFANI KSEE 24’S KIRSTEN MITCHELL JOINS US LIVE FROM THE SCENE. KIRSTEN…WHAT EXACTLY IS BURNING OUT THERE? KIRSTEN WELL IF YOU’RE HOT JUST STANDING OUTSIDE… YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW FIREFIGHTERS FEEL WEARING POUNDS OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND THEN PUTTING OUT A FIRE…. BUT THEY SAY… IT’S JUST PART OF THE JOB. [A11]FIREFIGHTERS DEAL WITH HEAT-PKG

    Canadian Pacific crews lift railroad tracks above floodwaters
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    Canadian Pacific crews lift railroad tracks above floodwaters

    August 14, 2019


    MORE SERVICES THAN IN THE PAST. VETERANS WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO TRAVEL TO IOWA CITY FOR SERVICES LIKE AUDIOLOGY, OPTHALMOLOGY, PHYSICAL THERAPY, CHIROPRACTIC, PODIATRY AND HOME-BASED PRIMARY CARE. STOPPING CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAYS. LOCAL FOUR’S GRACE RUNKEL REPORTS THE TRAINS WILL KEEP RUNNING EVEN WHEN THE RIVER IS 20 FEET DEEP. 3 “(GRACE): The flood waters are rising, but luckily for trains coming through Davenport the railroad tracks are too. Canadian Pacific crews are raising the tracks once again, this time higher than ever before.NAT: train IN ORDER TO FIRST DROP GRAVEL ON THE TRACKS. NAT: dropping gravel THEN A PLOW COMES THROUGH TO CREATE A SMOOTH SURFACE. NAT: plow through water LAST, AN EXCAVATOR COMES IN TO LIFT UP THE TIES AND SET THE TRACKS ON TOP OF THE ROCKS. A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CREW SAYS THEY STILL HAVE SEVERAL DAYS AHEAD OF THEM … AND THEY’VE ALREADY USED ABOUT 16 HUNDRED TONS OF GRAVEL. BY THE TIME WORK IS DONE … THE TRACK FROM THE SKY BRIDGE DOWN TO MARQUETTE STREET WILL BE SEVERAL INCHES HIGHER.AND THAT MEANS THE TRAINS CAN GET WHERE THEY NEED TO RIGHT ON TIME. even after the flood waters go down. In Davenport Grace Runkel Local 4 News.” 3

    Police look to educate drivers on dangers of railroad crossings
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    Police look to educate drivers on dangers of railroad crossings

    August 13, 2019


    MACHADO FOR 22NEWS. ASHLEY: THE NORTHAMPTON POLICE DEPARTMENT IS EDUCATING RESIDENTS ON THE DANGERS OF RAILROAD CROSSINGS. 22NEWS REPORTER TASHANEA WHITLOW JOINS US LIVE FROM OUR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY BUREAU, WHERE POLICE ARE URGING EVERONE TO TAKE LIFE-SAVING PRECAUTIONS. TASHANEA: NORTHAMPTON POLICE TOLD 22NEWS THEY SEE PEOPLE STOP ON THE TRACKS WHILE WAITING FOR THE TRAFFIC LIGHT TO TURN GREEN ON DAMON ROAD. THEY SAY THIS IS DANGEROUS, AS WELL AS ILLEGAL. DAMON ROAD IS ONE OF NORTHAMPTON’S BUSIEST STREETS. COMPLICATING THE TRAFFIC SITUATION, TRAIN TRACKS CROSS DAMON ROAD. THAT’S WHY THE NORTHAMPTON POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS TEAMED UP WITH THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE LIFE SAVING ADVICE ABOUT CROSSING TRAIN TRACKS. IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN AN AREA AND THE TRAIN IS COMING VACANT THAT AREA. TRY NOT TO RACE THE TRAIN. TRAINS COME THRU HERE PRETTY QUICK. TASHANEA: POLICE URGE YOU TO USE COMMON SENSE, AND KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE TRACKS. OBEY ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS. AND BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. TASHANEA: THURSDAY AFTERNOON POLICE WILL BE HANDING OUT INFORMATIONAL PAMPHLETS ABOUT THE DOS AND DONTS OF DRIVING THRU RAIL ROAD CROSSINGS AND OVER TRAIN TRACKS. REPORTING LIVE FROM OUR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY BUREAU, TW