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BNSF: Ice rises; Rose blooms
The announcement of a leadership transition at BNSF Railway was not unexpected: Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Carl Ice, President since 2010, will add the title of Chief Executive Officer. Matt…
Northwest short line serves new grain loop
Just in time for the 2013 wheat harvest, a new grain train loop facility opened for business in September at McCoy, Wash.
2014 TRAFFIC AND SPENDING OUTLOOK: A capital year for suppliers
2013 has been a record year for the railroads, “a very robust and challenging year for growth and re-investment,” in the words of BNSF chief executive Matt Rose. The indications…
MRL is BNSF Short Line of the Year
BNSF Railway has selected Montana Rail Link, Inc. (MRL) as its 2013 Short Line of the Year “for its significant growth and continued emphasis on a strong safety record.” In…
BNSF offers reward for gun attack on consist
The lead locomotive of a BNSF freight consist was struck at least 15 times by gunfire from an automobile pacing the train last month in central Washington state, roughly midway…
A stronger network, with more capacity
How BNSF is leveraging a record $4.3 billion in capital investment.
Nebraska short line marks 20 years
The Nebraska Central Railroad Co. (NCRC) says it will commemorate "20 years of excellence" through a series of celebratory activities that will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in its…
Experts weigh in on LNG
Programs to evaluate LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a locomotive fuel are expanding throughout the rail industry, led by such stakeholders as GE Transportation, Electro-Motive Diesel, BNSF, Union Pacific, CN,…
Potash resilient after consortium break-up
One of railroading’s least-recognized commodities found itself in the global spotlight this summer. On July 30, Russian potash producer Uralkali announced it was severing ties to the Belarusian Potash Company,…
CP and UP forge Canada-to-California CBR corridor
For the past year, BNSF Railway has dominated in the shipment of crude by rail (CBR) from North America’s Bakken shale formation westward to refineries and ship terminals along America’s…
BNSF: $335 million in capex for Montana, North Dakota
BNSF plans to invest an estimated $335 million to improve and expand rail capacity in North Dakota and Montana this year.
U.S. Appeals Court reverses Class I price-fixing decision
Union Pacific Corp., CSX Corp., Norfolk Southern Corp., and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.) have won their bid to reverse a ruling that turned a…
Midyear Report: Why investors turn to rail
Union Pacific’s record $3.7 billion in capital expenditures in 2012 returned quick dividends, and resulted in the 151-year-old railroad’s best year for its investors.
BNSF’s Johnson succeeds CP’s McFarlane in U.S.
Robert Johnson, who has spent 32 years with BNSF Railway and its predecessors, most recently as General Manager-Northwest Division, has been appointed Canadian Pacific Railway’s Vice President U.S. Operations. He…
STB OKs service shuffle on Louisiana rail line
The Surface Transportation Board has granted permission to Union Pacific Railroad to cease service on 12.5 miles of the Lockport Branch, located in Lofourche Parish, La., which UP owns, while…
Will Matt Rose succeed Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway?
The evidence is mounting that BNSF chief executive Matt Rose is Warren Buffett’s choice to succeed him at Berkshire Hathaway.
Washington appeals court to hear railroad antitrust case
A multibillion-dollar antitrust suit alleging that four Class I railroads conspired to impose a uniform fuel surcharge on shippers will reach a crucial point on May 3, when a federal…
BNSF: Customers continue reducing C02 footprint
BNSF Railway says its customer base continues to reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions "shipping their freight by rail instead of entirely over the road," leveraging the environmental benefits of freight…
New Mexico offers BNSF fuel break
A new law in New Mexico will provide a tax break to lower the cost of locomotive fuel for the BNSF Railway Co., the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Thank you, Betsy Morris (and the WSJ, too)
The Wall Street Journal has done a brilliant job of, as our Senior Consulting Editor Luther Miller likes to say, “making the obvious less obscure.”
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