10 September Geseke, Germany

A train derailment occurred on September 10 near Geseke, Germany, when one train collided with another train operating on the same track. The impact caused multiple carriages to derail, and passengers and cargo spilled out onto the tracks. The initial reports indicate that a communication breakdown between railway control centers played a role in the collision. The train driver died.


8 September Across Nebraska

The head of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) wrote a letter saying inspectors found an alarming number of defects in Union Pacific’s freight cars and locomotives during a focused inspection in Nebraska this summer. The FRA performed focused inspections and “identified a concerning number of locomotives and freight cars with defects.


11 August Bedford Park, Illinois

The Belt Railway Company of Chicago — based in Bedford Park, Illinois, which is the largest switching and terminal railroad in the U. S. — is investigating a ransomware data theft by the Akira Ransomware gang. The ransomware gang claimed to have stolen 85 GB of data. Christopher Steinway, general counsel of Belt Railway, told Recorded Future News that it recently became aware that “a threat actor group posted on its website that it had obtained certain company information. The event did not impact our operations. We have engaged a leading cybersecurity firm to investigate the incident and are working with federal law enforcement” Steinway added, “Our investigation remains ongoing.”


6 August Near Multan, Pakistan

Thirty people were killed and at least 90 others were injured when the Hazara Express train derailed in Pakistan on Sunday, August 6, near the town of Multan. The train departed Karachi in the southern part of the country and was traveling to Havelian in the northern part of the country. Local workers, paramilitary troops and railway workers teamed up to pull the injured passengers from the wreckage. Bodies of the deceased were pulled out as well and taken to a hospital. The derailment caused the tracks from Karachi, both inbound and outbound, to be closed. A relief train was sent to assist, according to railways minister, Khawaja Saad Rafique.


26 July Brussels, Belgium

The Brussels Airport bombers were found guilty of terrorist murder seven years after suicide bomb attacks that killed 32 people at the airport and also at a metro station. The attacks occurred in March 2016 and were perpetrated by a group of six men, several of whom were already convicted of taking part in the earlier Paris terror attacks. Salah Abdeslam was found guilty in a French trial of the Paris bomb and gun attacks that happened in November 2015. Although he denied involvement in the Brussels airport attack, he has now been convicted of murder and attempted murder in Belgium, too. Mohamed Abrini was also found guilty of both bombings. Abrini confessed to participating in the attacks as well as to preparing explosives for the bombings. In addition, four others were found guilty of terrorist murder: Oussama Atar, Osama Krayem, Ali El Haddad Asufi and Bilal El Makhoukhi. The attacks happened on March 22, 2016 when two bombs went off just before 8:00 a.m. at opposite ends of the departures hall at Zaventem airport. Sixteen people died from the attack. About an hour later, an additional bombing occurred on a train at Maelbeek metro station in Brussels. Hundreds were wounded and 16 others perished.


24 June Stillwater County, Montana

A train derailed into the Yellowstone River in Montana on June 24 leading state agencies to warn people not to eat fish caught in the Yellowstone River in the area where the train, which was carrying chemicals, went off the tracks, according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The department’s staff collected five mountain whitefish and five rainbow trout below the derailment site for contaminant testing as a follow-up to the incident. The derailment caused a bridge over the Yellowstone River to collapse, sending several cars into the water, Stillwater County officials said at the time. Phenanthrene was one of the chemicals in question and is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH). PAHs are found in products such as oil, gas, plastics, and pesticides.


1 May New York City

A New York City subway rider allegedly put another man in a chokehold which ultimately resulted in the man’s death. Daniel J. Penny, 24, a U.S. Marine veteran said he was acting to protect himself and other riders and never intended harm. Jordan Neely began acting strangely according to passengers and Penny put him in a chokehold. An altercation allegedly took place prior to the move. The incident occurred Monday, May 1, on a northbound F train, according to two law enforcement officials. “When Mr. Neely began aggressively threatening Daniel Penny and the other passengers, Daniel, with the help of others, acted to protect themselves, until help arrived,” lawyers for Penny said in a statement Friday evening. “Daniel never intended to harm Mr. Neely and could not have foreseen his untimely death.” Neely, 30, was unconscious when police arrived at the Broadway and East Houston Street subway station, and pronounced dead at a hospital, New York police said. He died from “compression of neck (chokehold)” and the manner was homicide, the city chief medical examiner’s office said. Penny was taken into custody Monday, questioned by police and released. No charges have been filed against him.


Securing and Tracking Train Cargo in Kenya

Rail freights trains have as many as 100 containers for storing cargo, so it is often used to transport tons of cargo over long distances, making it very cost effective for long-distance freight.

However, the long transport routes make it easy to lose cargo and make the workflow difficult to manage once the train stops in several areas for loading and unloading. Therefore, it is necessary to take certain protection and management measures for train containers.

Customer Needs
“To prevent cargo loss, we need to strictly manage the unlocking and locking authority, so that unauthorized personnel have no access to containers.”

“As a manager of a logistics company, we need to supervise the loading and unloading of cargo in real time. Only when the train arrives at a specific location, the warehouse manager is allowed to open the container. Visualization of the workflow is necessary for us in order to prevent any accidents in the cargo,” said a logistics company manager.

The Solution from Vanma
Vanma’s goal is to prevent unauthorized access to cargo. Management software can authorize Vanma keys to gain access to specific containers, and only assigned warehouse managers have permission to use the keys to open locks.

Temporary access can be granted. When a train arrives at a destination, warehouse managers can request temporary access. When the phone is connected to the key via Bluetooth and the logistics manager can see the geographic location of unlocking and locking.

Complete audit reports can be generated. The person in charge can see all the records of lock opening and closing for easy management. In case of accidents such as lost goods, The responsibility can be tracked effectively.

Why Choose Vanma Lock System?
“You know, actually the smart locks with power have more popularization. And we originally wanted to use an smart electronic lock to manage our process. But when we understand the Vanma lock system, we changed our minds. Vanma Lock System helps to reduce long-term costs. By using Vanma lock system, we save the long-term cost of electrical and manual wiring,” the manager stated. “We applied 1500 locks and 30 keys, and warehouse manager could access all the container with one key in permission without worry of unconvenience of power outage. And we can tracking the data like smart lock system, it also simplifies management process. Vanma provide all services we need. Thier technical department modified the software according to our needs for geolocation and guided the operation. Their timely and effective response made our project go very smoothly.”


2 June 2023: Odisha, India

More than 280 people were killed and hundreds more injured when a passenger train derailed and struck two other trains in eastern India on June 1. The crash, in the state of Odisha, has renewed long-standing questions about safety problems in the system. Odisha’s chief secretary, Pradeep Jena, said that an additional 900 had been injured. Officials said they expected the toll to rise. The crash occurred when several cars derailed and collided with a second train, the train’s operator, South Eastern Railway, said in a statement.


17 June 2023

As many as 12 French police officers were injured during protests against the rail link in the Alps. Around 2,000 protesters were in the Maurienne Valley protesting the construction of a rail link that includes a tunnel between Lyon and the Italian city of Turin. There were reportedly “300 dark-clad hardcore” protesters who were said to be throwing rocks at riot police. The police sprayed tear gas and one protestor was wounded, Francois Ravier, the local prefect said at a news conference. The protestors said their count of injured was 50 demonstrators, including six who were hospitalized.