NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 03, 1978
View other clips in this broadcast →
Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.
(Studio) Recent train wrecks in Florida and elsewhere noted; effect of bad tracks and roadbeds on rail travel described. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to fine RR's for spills of dangerous chemicals cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Tampa, Florida) Is noted that RR's are required by law to keep up own tracks and that many don't do so. [National Trans. Safety Board spokesperson Captain Philip HOGUE - says maintenance is Problem of all.] [Trans. Secretary Brock ADAMS - cites help for marginal RR's not able to get private financing.] [Tennessee Governor Ray BLANTON - says only solution to railroad disrepair problems is nationalization. Notes number of derailments per week in Tennessee.] [American railroad Association pres. William DEMPSEY - cites reasons nationalization wouldn't eliminate problems.] Department of Trans. tests at it's Colorado center described; department film shown. [DEMPSEY - thinks RR's are still best way to transport dangerous materials, despite accidents of last wkend.] Upcoming hearings on condition of American RR's de- tailed.
REPORTER: Jackson Bain