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J.B. Hunt Adds Washington State, Texas Operations

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (J.B. Hunt) announced on Oct. 3 that it is expanding its transloading footprint with the addition of two new operations in Seattle, Wash., and Laredo, Tex., “for customers’ needs and to provide quick access to outbound rail and highway transport.”

BNSF Going BIG in Barstow (Updated With Commentary)

Barstow, Calif., a major hub on the BNSF Southern Transcon in San Bernardino County where the Needles, Mojave and Cajon subdivisions come together, and the location of Barstow Yard, will be the site of Barstow International Gateway, a $1.5 billion investment described as a “state-of-the-art master-planned integrated rail facility, and the first being developed by a Class I railroad.”

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Moore to Help Kick Off ‘Rail Insights: Women in Rail’ Event

Railway Age’s inaugural Rail Insights: Women in Rail Conference will feature Ontario Northland President and CEO Corina Moore, one of our first Women in Rail award honorees. Hearing from leading industry women like Moore is just one reason to participate in this virtual event, to be held Nov. 10, starting at 1:30 p.m. ET. Need more reasons? Here are five.

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Farmer Among ‘Rail Insights: Women in Rail’ Headliners

BNSF President and CEO Katie Farmer will top the lineup for Railway Age’s inaugural Rail Insights: Women in Rail Conference, to be held virtually on Nov. 10. Hearing from leading industry women like Farmer is just one reason to participate. Need more? Here are five.

Progress Rail to Supply BNSF with Zero Exhaust Emission Locomotives

Progress Rail (a Caterpillar Company) announced on Sept. 23 that it is supplying up to four EMD® Joule battery electric locomotives to BNSF Railway (BNSF). Supported in part by grant funding, the locomotives, to be delivered in 2024, would replace BNSF diesel units operating in Southern California, with charging systems for continuous operation.

BNSF’s Nober to Retire

BNSF Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Roger Nober has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1, 2023. His replacement will be Vice President and General Counsel Jill Mulligan.

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Rail Safety Week Initiatives Accelerate (UPDATED)

As Rail Safety Week (RSW) (Sept. 19-25), a collaborative effort among Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), state OLI programs and rail safety partners across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, continues to be observed, North American carriers and organizations are mobilizing to raise awareness about rail safety and to help stop track tragedies during this annual week-long event. Here is a roundup of the week’s initiatives.

​Aerial photo of the derailment of the two locomotives and eight hopper cars. Two additional hopper cars are submerged in the river. (Source: BNSF)​

NTSB: ‘Incorrectly Identified’ Caution Area Led to BNSF Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently stated in a report that the probable cause of a November 2021 collision between towing vessel Baxter Southern and a BNSF coal train was the tow’s pilot and captain “incorrectly identifying” a caution area on the vessel’s electronic chart system (ECS) before pushing the tow up against a riverbank too close to a railroad track, leading to a train derailment near Galland, Iowa.