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September 26, 2011

Rail Lines in SW Washington Shut Down Due to Tampering

by lewwaters

Initial report here and here

Burlington Northern has ordered rail lines shut down through Southwest Washington as BNSF police and inspectors investigate tampering along the railway from north of Vancouver to Chehalis.

The first incident was discovered near Longview where recent union unrest has been repeatedly seen along the rail line.

Will be updated as more information becomes available.

Derailing of trains is not just criminal, it is about the most reprehensible act someone can make. Innocent people who live along the rail could be killed in large numbers should a train carrying hazardous substance be derailed and tank cars broken.

The last time I saw such action was instigated by a union in Florida striking against the Florida East Coast Railway. One of the longest an most violent strikes in history, lasting from 1963 to 1977. One derailment was near where I was growing up at the time, in the mid-1960’s. We were fortunate, the primary cargo was beer.

It appears the time the first incident was discovered coincided with the union president turning himself in to law enforcement. No one has taken responsibility for this cowardly act and I doubt they will step up and admit to it, but let’s face it, it’s pretty clear who is behind it.

UPDATE: The lines are now reopened here

Trains will continue to be escorted through the corridor near Longview and BNSF personnel will continue inspecting the tracks.

As union thuggery continues to escalate around Longview, what will it take for Governor Gregoire to activate the Guard to protect people from these violence prone thugs? Will someone have to die before actions are taken?