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December 30, 2013

Trinity Railway Express worker axed - safety of rail cars questioned

Atrain@gdickson

A new type of rail car North Texas officials want to use on future commuter rail lines may be too light for its own good. The diesel multiple units are already in use on Denton County's A-train, but there's an issue with the cars' ability to maintain shunting - an electrical connection with the rails that helps trigger crossing gates and flashing lights and enables dispatchers to track the trains on computer screens.

I've been working on this story off and on for a couple of months, and it ran this weekend in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Actually, it's two companion stories, with the second piece focusing on why a high-ranking Trinity Railway Express officer was terminated.

 

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