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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "CSX Railroad" ...
This series of stories investigated the railroad service CSX and found the company had extensive problems concerning maintenance and staffing. These problems caused accidents and often claimed lives. The series further found that the Federal Railroad Administration had possible shortcomings in their regulation of crossing safety.
This story is a continued analysis of the United States' railroads with a look at the close relationship between the industry and its regulator. The article examines the longtime friendship between Betty Monro, the Federal Railroad Administration's deputy administrator, and Mary E. McAuliffe, Union Pacific's chief lobbyist. In another instance, CPX, a major railroad company offered one F.R.A. chief safety official a $324,000 per year position with the company while he was at the railroad's headquarters discussing safety problems.
An examination of the condition of Ohio bridges revealed that nearly 24% of all railroad bridges are of poor quality. And though the repairs that cost in millions, are the responsibility of the railroads, disputes mean that the tab is eventually picked by the taxpayer.
WESH-TV looked into the Amtrak Autotrain derailment, which occurred last April in Central Florida and killed four people and injured hundreds of passengers. Crash investigators believe the cause of the accident was a buckle in the tracks and the WESH-TV investigation "uncovered the tracks had problems before the crash that could cause them to buckle." It was also discovered that "CSX, which owns and maintains the tracks, had problems with its track in other states as well. One of the leading railroad engineering experts in the country also told us the tracks safety standards are inadequate and lead to derailments such as this one."
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The New York Times found that, in 2002, after an Amtrak train jumped the tracks and killed four people in Crescent City, FL, Amtrak paid millions of dollars in compensation, even though it was their freight railroad company, CSX's, fault. The New York Times found that this happened a lot when there were train wrecks and that, though, the wrecks were caused by poor track maintenance by CSX, Amtrak paid every time. Amtrak pays the liability claims as compensation for using the freight lines' tracks, and leaves CSX and other freight railroad companies virtually free of responsibility. This leads to a lack of incentive by the companies to keep their tracks safe and secure.
A Courier-Journal investigative series reveals "how, despite medical warnings, the railroad industry in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s allowed the heavy and largely unprotected use of chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents in their locomotive maintenance shops; how railroads resisted government inspections for almost a decade when solvent use was perhaps its highest and that more than 600 railroaders across the country have since then been diagnosed with permanent brain damage that their doctors blame on the chemicals." The reporters have found evidence that the railroad industry was aware of the danger of toxic chemicals as far back as the 1960s but some companies continued to use them until mid-1990s. CSX Transportation, the largest railroad in the eastern part of the country has so far paid up to $35 in legal settlements, the Courier-Journal reports.
In a computer assisted investigation, The Sun Herald finds that CSX railroad tracks that parallel the beachfront along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are among the nation's most dangerous. Seventy-four people were either hurt or killed in train-car or train-pederstrian accidents on those tracks from 1990 - 94. The railroad and federal and state governments blame the victims foolhardiness or inattention for the accidents. (Sept. 3 - 6, 1995)