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Union Pacific RR worker killed in industrial accident near Tucson

A worker on the Union Pacific railway died on the job this weekend in an industrial accident east of Tucson, officials said. James Morgan was fatally injured Sunday while working on the rail line in the Vail area.... Read more»

'Big Boy' steam locomotive draws hundreds to Downtown Tucson

Hundreds headed downtown Thursday morning to see one of the world's largest functioning steam locomotives power its way through Tucson, as part of a year-long trip to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. ... Read more»

Rogue columnist

Preservation alert: Phoenix Union Station

The most precious treasure of old downtown Phoenix is in flux. This could provide the city a long-overdue opportunity. Or it could go sideways in a hurry. I'm writing, of course, about Union Station.... Read more»

Aerospace Parkway to close at UP crossing this weekend

The closure will allow the Union Pacific to upgrade the existing tracks and panels at the crossing and install new at-grade crossing panels to accommodate the widening of Aerospace Parkway. ... Read more»

Monsoon storms: Flash flood watch for Tucson, SE Arizona

Flash floods will be possible in and around metro Tucson until after midnight, officials said. A weather watch is in effect through 2 a.m. Thursday, with heavy monsoon rains meaning some roads and washes will be inundated.... Read more»

Man dies after stepping in front of Downtown train

An adult man who walked in front of a train on the Union Pacific tracks in Tucson was declared dead at the scene Thursday afternoon, authorities said.... Read more»

For big railroads, a carload of whistleblower safety complaints

As both a veteran railroad worker and union official responsible for safety, Mike Elliott became alarmed when he learned of trouble-plagued train signals. At times they would inexplicably switch from red to yellow to green – potentially creating confusion that could lead to a crash.... Read more»

Border violence prompts railroad to seek waiver

Union Pacific, one of the country’s largest freight railroads, is requesting permission from the federal government to adjust its operations in Texas because of violence on the Mexican side of the border, including the fatal shooting in May of a train yard worker in Ciudad Juárez.... Read more»

Pedestrian killed by train at Ruthrauff crossing

A train hit and killed a pedestrian Tuesday at the railroad crossing at Ruthrauff Road and the Interstate 10 frontage road, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.... Read more»

Proposed border rail project gets mixed reviews

As Mexican officials contemplate relocating a major railway that connects the state of Chihuahua to Texas, trade experts in El Paso have mixed views on whether the investment is needed immediately. But activists in Ciudad Juárez say the trains need to go now. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Train dreams could help solve Az's transportation nightmare

The news stories said that ADOT was seeking our input on its study of passenger rail between Phoenix and Tucson. It isn't seeking my input for reasons that will become apparent, but here goes anyway. Anti-train sentiment is odd considering America's close and abiding relationship with the railroad. Nothing could be more American than a train. I thought conservatism was all about conserving the best.... Read more»

Proposed Phoenix-Tucson high-speed rail routes up for public input

A jeweler based in Tucson, Erik Stewart makes regular drives two hours up Interstate 10 to do business in Phoenix. If a high-speed rail line connected the cities, he said he’d use it. Through May 31, Arizonans have the chance to provide feedback about three proposed routes for high-speed rail between Phoenix and Tucson.... Read more»3

Border sees first railroad line in more than a century

The last time the Texas-Mexico border witnessed a ribbon cutting for a railway bridge, the United States had yet to witness two world wars or Prohibition. And Mexico had not yet seen its own country in the throes of revolution.... Read more»

Union Pacific 844

Historic train revives memories as it steams through Az

Videos: A historic 1940s steam engine began a journey through Arizona, beginning in Willcox, to celebrate the state's centennial. The Union Pacific 844 weighs 450 tons, can reach up to 150 mph and is the last of its kind still riding the rails.... Read more»


Tangerine closed for railroad repairs Wed-Thurs

Tangerine Road will be closed at the railroad tracks directly east of I-10 for emergency repairs by the Union Pacific Railroad.... Read more»