Amtrak Eyes STB Investigation Into ‘Substandard’ Sunset Limited Service

Amtrak in December called on the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to initiate an investigation into “substandard” customer on-time performance for Sunset Limited service between Louisiana and California. Host freight railroad Union Pacific (UP)—which Amtrak said will likely be the prime focus of the investigation—asked the STB on Jan. 27 to order mediation for Amtrak, UP and the other host railroads involved “to resolve or narrow the issues in dispute.”

This spring, CHS Inc. will start work on a new grain shuttle facility in South Dakota. (Photograph Courtesy of CHS Inc.)

Industrial Development Briefs: CHS, Richardson

CHS Inc. plans a new grain shuttle facility in southeast South Dakota, to be served by BNSF. Also, Richardson International loads the first 8,500-foot (HEP) train at its new Canadian Pacific (CP)-served grain elevator in Saskatchewan.

According to OCTA, the first row of ground anchors are in place to stop the track from moving in south San Clemente, allowing passenger service to safely resume on weekends while construction work continues on weekdays. (Photograph Courtesy of OCTA)
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Watch: OCTA Stabilizes Tracks in San Clemente

Emergency construction work, led by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), has stopped slope movement and stabilized the tracks in south San Clemente, Calif., clearing the way for weekend passenger rail service to resume.

NS on Jan. 17 honored 15 customer and supplier recipients of its inaugural Thoroughbred Sustainability Partner Awards, which honor corporate programs in three categories: achieving “significant energy efficiency savings”; implementing “innovations that have significantly contributed to a more sustainable future”; and working to “promote stewardship of the environment.” (Photograph Courtesy of NS)

Class I Briefs: BNSF, CP, NS

Following weather-related service challenges at the end of December, BNSF reports that overall car velocity for the week ending Jan. 17 is up more than 8% vs. last month. Also, Canadian Pacific

“We are excited to announce this terminal development for USDCF,” Senior Vice President Bob Copher said on Jan. 17. The National City, Calif.-based biofuels terminal is slated to be served by BNSF.

USDCF to Develop California Biofuels Terminal

Houston, Tex.-based USD Clean Fuels (USDCF) on Jan. 17 reported its plan to build a new biofuels terminal in National City, Calif., to be served by BNSF and deliver fuels to the area from the Midwest and U.S. Gulf Coast.


In the Blood: BNSF Employee’s Railroad Heritage Goes Back Six Generations

Railroading has been integral to our nation for almost two centuries, and for many families, it has been an important part of their heritage, too. BNSF locomotive engineer Brett Wodke is a sixth-generation railroader, starting with his great-great-great grandfather. Here’s a look at the Wodke family’s impressive history.