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BNSF plans second bridge over Idaho chokepoint
One of the more challenging capacity constraints affecting BNSF's Northern Corridor is the 4,769-foot long bridge across Lake Pend Oreille outside Sandpoint, Idaho, not far from where BNSF and Montana…
Vancouver port OKs coal transfer facility
In the ongoing juggling of transport logistics affecting fossil fuels throughout western North America, British Columbia's Port Metro Vancouver on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, approved a new rail-to-barge coal transfer…
STB summons CP, BNSF to service hearing
The Surface Transportation Board late Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, announced it will hold a public field hearing on Sept. 4, 2014 "to provide interested persons and parties the opportunity to…
Oregon rejects coal export terminal plan
Oregon's Department of State Lands on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, denied a permit for construction of a coal export project on the Columbia River to bolster international coal export.
Cold Train cites BNSF congestion, suspends service
Earlier this year, congestion and trackwork on its Northern Corridor forced BNSF to increase transit times for intermodal shipments between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago, a move which has driven…
Good 2Q for BNSF
BNSF Railway, wholly owned by Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., has reported second-quarter net income of $916 million, up 4% from $884 million in the comparable quarter of 2013.
When you get a good deal, take it
Arbitrator Robert O. Harris told the United Transportation Union (UTU) and railroads in 1991, then unable to agree at the bargaining table, “Welcome to the oldest established craps game in…
Thompson to SMART reps: “You have hit a grand slam”
In a July 20, 2014 letter to SMART-Transportation Division International Representative John W. Babler and General Chairperson Randall S. Knutson, former United Transportation Union International President Paul C. Thompson expresses…
Wildfires damage Northwest rail lines
A series of wildfires in central and eastern Washington state, some blazing for nearly a week, have devastated entire communities and left several sections of railway damaged.
BNSF, SMART seek historic crew consist revision
A gutsy, proactive, and far-sighted collaboration between BNSF and a general committee of its largest labor union has produced a tentative agreement to allow freight trains equipped with Positive Train…
Rebuilding an empire
BNSF is expanding its Northern Corridor to meet increasing demand.
CBR obstacles vary, but multiply
Pushback against crude-by-rail (CBR) oil shipments continues to develop in a variety of ways, from local protests to looming action from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Pipeline and…
Metra dedicates rehabilitated Cicero Station
Chicagoland's Metra on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, joined local elected officials and to mark the completion of a $4.5 million renovati0on of Metra's Cicero Station on the BNSF Line.
STB to Class I’s: File grain order plans
The Surface Transportation Board is requiring Canadian Pacific and BNSF “to publicly file their plans to timely resolve their backlogs of grain car orders, as well as weekly status reports…
STB seeks comment on “safe harbor” provision
The Surface Transportation Board on Thursday, May 29, 2014, instituted an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proceeding to provide interested persons the opportunity to comment on whether the "safe harbor"…
OmniTRAX acquires Sand Springs Railway Co.
OmniTRAX announced Wednesday, May 28, 2014 that it is acquiring Sand Springs Railway Co., a 32-mile short line linking the railroad's namesake Oklahoma city with Tulsa, Okla.
BNSF, Ferromex set Chicago-Mexico intermodal service
BNSF Railway and Ferromex (FXE) announced a new intermodal service between Chicago and Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Cold Train plans terminal expansion
While BNSF expands capacity along its Northern Corridor, many of its customers are expanding their own facilities to accommodate more of the business that corridor carries. The Port of Quincy…
Taming the PTC elephant
The pressing issue for the railroad industry’s communications and signal engineers is whether or not Positive Train Control (PTC) is going to be complete and fully functional by the fast-approaching…
BNSF's best days are just ahead
If recent reports published by Railway Age and others regarding BNSF's clogged network have managed to discourage any shipper or industry-related investor, I have news that might brighten their outlook.
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