Twin City Model Railroad Museum Remaining Open Through March 2016The Twin City Model Railroad is staying at St. Paul's Bandana Square for now. But they'll be moving to a new site sometime after next spring.
Minneapolis Neighborhood Roiled By Railroad PlanA quiet Minneapolis neighborhood has been roiled by the BNSF Railway's sudden plan to expand its track system. The railroad plans to lay track closer to houses while leveling a thick tree buffer that once shielded residents from the 92 trains that pass through daily, including several that carry crude oil.
Positive Train Control System Could Have Prevented CrashThe deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen. It could have been avoided if a long-sought safety technology had been installed on its tracks and trains, according to information gathered by accident investigators.
Rail Union Calls For 2-Person Crews On Every Train In MNUnion railroad workers called for Minnesota legislators to pass laws requiring at least two-person crews on every train operating in the state. The Smart Transportation Union said that would increase safety at rail crossings and railroad yards.
Gov. Holds Roundtable Over Rail Safety ConcernsSeveral Minnesota cities are voicing safety concerns as more trains roll through Minnesota. Railway traffic in the Twin Cities has increased 40 percent in the last two years on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
Dayton Urges Feds To Step In On Grain DelaysGov. Mark Dayton is urging the federal government to step in on railroad delays hitting Minnesota grain farmers. A growing backlog of railroad shipments cost corn, wheat and soybean farmers $109 million in lower prices this spring, according to a University of Minnesota study.
Oil Transport Draws Cry For Disaster Training HelpTrains have traveled through this part of Minnesota for just under 150 years, and as the small town of Staples grew around their tracks, railroads were virtually the only source of jobs for decades. "Four hundred men used to work in these offices," Tom Kajer, 75, head of the Staples Historical Society, said as he walked on the fiberglass- and plaster-littered floors of the original depot's second story. "Now, zero do."
Landscaping Collective Builds Backyard Railway GardensIn the Minnesota summertime, it's all about gardening, but if you're in a rut when it comes to landscaping, there's a new trend families can get on board with. The Minnesota Garden Railway Society builds backyard railways.
Strike That Could Stop Northstar Line Temporarily AvertedPresident Barack Obama appointed a board on Thursday to review a dispute between U.S. railroads and their unions.