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Freight trains

Increasing oil shipments by train raising concerns

An Amtrak train and a freight train with tanker cars pass each other near Riverlink Park in Amsterdam
An Amtrak train and a freight train with tanker cars pass each other near Riverlink Park in Amsterdam
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The sights and sounds of freight trains rumbling through town have been commonplace for decades in Capital Region communities like Cobleskill and Fonda, Amsterdam and Schenectady. But with increasing frequency, the rectangular shipping containers are sharing the tracks with cylindrical fluid carriers — many of which carry flammable material and are drawing worldwide attention following last year’s fiery railway disasters in North Dakota and Canada. An ongoing discussion over expanding a facility at the Port ...


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