A snowplow (somewhere in Canada according to YouTube) clears the rail tracks after a big storm.
When we consider the safety of rail carrying petroleum products, we rarely take into account the problem of snow.
The Atlantic’s Citylab looks into the question. If that’s now enough, Citylab has a spectacular video of a conventional train, not a snowplow train, blasting through snow and makes consider just how safe petroleum on rail really is:
While certainly mesmerizing, there’s an important issue to note that has gone unremarked upon since the video went viral.