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NWPR Books
1:13 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero

Was "I think I can" the great-grandmother of "lean in?" Some readers see the plucky locomotive as a parable about working women, but some versions of the story feature a male protagonist instead.
Platt & Munk, Penguin Young Readers Group

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:23 pm

"Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong."

The beloved tale of the little blue engine — who helps bring a broken-down train of toys to the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain — has been chugging along for a very long time. But despite the locomotive's optimistic refrain — I think I can, I think I can, I think I can — the story has a somewhat checkered past: In its tracks, The Little Engine has left both a legal battle and a debate over whether the little blue engine is male or female.

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Oil Train Regulation
4:45 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States

A BNSF locomotive pulling a shipment of crude oil.
Credit Raymond D. Woods Jr. / Flickr

BNSF Railway said it will comply with a Saturday federal deadline to provide states with information about the frequency and routes of oil trains from North Dakota and Montana.

The railroad made that announcement Friday even though Washington, Oregon and Idaho have balked at signing confidentiality agreements about the crude oil shipments.

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Oil Train Regulation
4:45 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Emergency Order Forces Transparency From Rail Industry On Oil Movements

Until now, the railroad companies moving oil haven’t had to tell state authorities anything about their cargo.
Credit ahhyeah / Flickr

There are millions of gallons of oil moving by train through the Northwest.

Most of them are traveling from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, to several refineries along Puget Sound.

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Empire Builder
5:52 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Partial Derailment Of Empire Builder Sends One To Hospital

Amtrak says two or three cars in the west-bound Empire Builder lost contact with the tracks near the Montana-North Dakota border.
Credit Nate Beal / Wikimedia Commons

An Amtrak train carrying passengers from Chicago to Portland and Seattle “partially derailed” in eastern Montana this afternoon. One passenger has been taken to the hospital. His injuries are not considered serious.

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Northwest Railways
5:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Oregon, Washington Consider Alternative To Amtrak For Cascades Rail Service

The Amtrak logo - seen here on the side of an engine in Salem - could be gone from Cascades corridor trains in the future.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon and Washington might turn to a private company to operate their Cascades rail service. The two states are testing the waters to see if anyone other than Amtrak is interested in operating the route that includes Seattle, Portland and Eugene.

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Empire Builder
7:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train

Amtrak's Empire Builder rolls past the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mont.

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 10:00 am

The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.

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Oil Terminal
5:39 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Port of Vancouver Approves Biggest Oil-Train Project In NW

The proposed terminal at the Port of Vancouver could move up to 380,000 gallons of crude oil a day from trains to ships on the Columbia River.
Credit Port of Vancouver USA

The Port of Vancouver Commission voted unanimously to approve a lease for a controversial oil terminal. Two companies have proposed building a terminal at the port that could one day move up to 380,000 barrels of crude oil a day from trains to ships on the Columbia River.

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Cleaning Oil from Trains
9:04 am
Thu May 9, 2013

How To Clean Up A Crude Oil Spill From Trains

Pacific Northwest refineries have been getting their crude oil for years from tankers and pipelines. Last September, trains began shipping crude oil into the region by rail. EarthFix reporter Courtney Flatt explains what that means for emergency crews.

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Coal Company Lawsuit
4:31 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Environmental Groups Announce Plan To Sue Rail And Coal Companies Under Clean Water Act

A coalition of environmental groups say coal that escapes from trains is polluting the water and should be regulated under the Clean Water Act.
Credit Callum Black / Wikimedia Commons

A coalition of environmental groups that oppose exporting coal through terminals in the Northwest have announced plans to file a lawsuit against BNSF Railway and several coal companies. The groups say coal that escapes from trains is polluting the water and should be regulated under the Clean Water Act.

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Northwest News
7:36 am
Thu August 23, 2012

American Coal Companies Look To The Northwest For Export Opportunities Part Two

View of the waters near the Cherry Point refinery, the largest refinery in Washington state. Near the refinery is a proposed site to export coal.
Northwest News Network

American coal companies are looking to the Northwest as the fastest way to bring their product from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana to Asian markets. There are now 5 ports in Washington and Oregon considering coal export terminals. In part two of our series on Coal in the Northwest we head to the site of what could one day be the largest coal export facility on the west coast, Bellingham, Washington. 

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