freight http://wrkf.org en Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails http://wrkf.org/post/amtrak-fights-big-oil-use-rails Oil business in North Dakota is creating some big headaches for Amtrak travelers. Trains on the popular Empire Builder route between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest are often delayed for hours.<p>One reason for the congestion is an influx of trains hauling crude oil across the Northern Plains.<p>The delays are becoming so bad that a passenger group now wants the U.S. transportation secretary to intervene.<p><strong>Frozen Before Ice Fishing</strong><p>Among the disgruntled customers are ice fishers trying to get to Devils Lake, N.D. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:22:00 +0000 David Schaper 22207 at http://wrkf.org Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails Pipeline On Wheels: Trains Are Winning Big Off U.S. Oil http://wrkf.org/post/pipeline-wheels-trains-are-winning-big-us-oil The oil boom in the United States is creating another boom — for the railroad industry.<p>So far this year, in North Dakota alone, 140 million barrels of oil have left on trains. Shipments of crude oil by rail are up almost 50 percent over last year — and this upward trend is expected to continue.<p>A visit to the world-famous Tehachapi Loop, part of a winding mountain pass in Southern California, demonstrates the scale and reach of the oil boom in the middle of the country. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:37:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 19652 at http://wrkf.org Pipeline On Wheels: Trains Are Winning Big Off U.S. Oil Trains Gain Steam In Race To Transport Crude Oil In The U.S. http://wrkf.org/post/trains-gain-steam-race-transport-crude-oil-us On a quiet fall morning in the Delaware countryside, a lone sustained whistle pierces the air. Within moments, a train sweeps around a broad curve, its two heavy locomotives hauling dozens of white, cylindrical rail cars, loaded with 70,000 barrels of crude oil.<p>It's a scene playing out with growing frequency across the United States and Canada. The U.S. is awash in oil, due in large part to advances in drilling techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. U.S. production hit a 24-year-high in September. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:06:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 18051 at http://wrkf.org Trains Gain Steam In Race To Transport Crude Oil In The U.S.