Greenbrier Cos. lobbies to build safer oil train tank cars

Greenbrier Cos. lobbies to build safer oil train tank cars

The Lake Oswego manufacturer says it's ready to build new cars and retrofit old ones as fast as it can.

Tens of thousands of outdated railroad tank cars are carrying volatile crude oil throughout the country. And the federal government has been slow to require stronger, safer cars, despite a string of serious accidents since the 1980s.

As a push to make oil trains safer plods forward inside the Beltway, Greenbrier is poised to be a winner. Standards for new cars will likely be increased, and old cars will likely need retrofits. BNSF, the railroad owned by Warren Buffett, already has announced it wants to buy 5,000 new tank cars.

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