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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.
Amtrak bustitutes westbound Empire Builder
Honoring a request by BNSF Railway for a temporary service adjustment, Amtrak will alter its westbound Empire Builder schedule through North Dakota through Sept. 30, 2014, using chartered buses to…
Northwest congestion spurs intermodal shift
Historically high levels of traffic, plus numerous track and capacity improvement projects that are currently under way, are both putting the squeeze on BNSF's northern corridor, with intermodal a potential…
Basin Transload, BNSF to connect with Tesoro oil facility via new pipeline
Basin Transload LLC, a 60%-owned subsidiary of logistics and marketing company Global Partners LP that transloads crude oil to BNSF, has executed a pipeline connection agreement with Tesoro High Plains…
STB: BNSF, KCS, UP mediation "mandatory"
The Surface Transportation Board is directing BNSF Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway, and Union Pacific to "Engage in mandatory mediation to resolve" the issue of trackage rights over nine miles…
Data drought haunts FRA crew-size mandate
By the Federal Railroad Administration’s own congressional testimony, the years 2012 and 2013 were among the railroads’ safest on record, while the relatively few train crashes were mostly the result…
Room for more freight in San Diego?
San Diego’s potential is huge, provided the region’s short lines and port can secure critical state and local funding.
STB to review railroad service issues
The Surface Transportation Board announced Tuesday, April 1, 2014 that it will hold a public hearing on April 10 "to provide interested persons the opportunity to report on recent railroad…
Amtrak stretches Empire Builder schedule in response to BNSF congestion
In recent months, the ontime performance of Amtrak’s Empire Builder has been severely impacted by heavy freight train congestion on host railroad BNSF Railway’s Northern Corridor. A near-exponential spike in…
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