August 31, 2016

Member, former members, died in June 28 BNSF crash

Conductor Kenneth Paul “KP” Smith Jr., 59, of Local 1313 at Amarillo, Texas, died last week (June 28) when two BNSF trains crashed just outside of Amarillo. Two others, Cody Owens, 52, and Lara Gayle Taylor, 45, also died in the crash. Owens and Taylor were former members. A fourth, unidentified conductor, jumped from the […]

Amtrak, BNSF sue feed company after derailment

On Friday, April 8, Amtrak filed a lawsuit against Cimarron Crossing Feeders, LLC, claiming “gross negligence” as the alleged cause of a derailment last month that left 32 passengers injured. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found in their investigation that one of the feed company’s trucks had struck the side of the railroad trucks, […]

BNSF idles train cars in Wyo.

The Wyoming Business Report has stated that as a consequence of decreased demand from the coal industry, BNSF is idling train cars and locomotives in Wyoming.  Read the entire article here.

Activists blocking tracks convicted of trespassing

The Seattle Times reported that the five activists who blocked BNSF tracks in Washington during September 2014 were recently convicted of trespassing. Read the entire article here.

BNSF workers furloughed in Minn. and N.D.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported that BNSF has recently laid off rail yard workers in North Dakota and Minnesota.  According to BNSF, the furloughs are the result of customer volumes decreasing. Read the complete article here.

Warren Buffett’s BNSF considers bid for NS reported that Warren Buffett’s BNSF railroad, owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., may offer a competing bid for Norfolk Southern Corp, throwing a wrench in Canadian Pacific Railway’s efforts for a $27 billion takeover of Norfolk Southern.  Read the complete article here.

BNSF may pay for failing to report leaks on time

Railroad has tentatively agreed to pay $71,700 for faililng to timely report leaks of crude oil along the state’s railway system OLYMPIA, Wash. — BNSF Railway has agreed to pay $71,700 for failing to timely report crude oil leaks and other hazardous material spills along the state’s railway under a proposed settlement agreement. Read more […]

Railroad workers say long shifts unsafe

Some BNSF Railway employees are sounding the alarm about what they say are unsafe working conditions as a result of long shifts that could lead to extreme fatigue while hauling hazardous materials. According to one BNSF employee who contacted the Pilot, the company has imposed a new method of operation that has employees working 12-hour […]

BNSF: biggest frac sand train to date

What is believed to be the largest frac sand unit train to date in North America was recently delivered by BNSF and Southwestern Railroad to Rangeland Energy’s RIO Hub near Loving, N.Mex. The RIO Hub is part of Rangeland’s RIO System, which serves oil and gas producers in the Delaware Basin.  The 150-car unit train, […]

BNSF building rail superhighway to win truck cargo

A noisy yellow machine laying down railroad track near Alva, Oklahoma — as much as a mile a day of concrete and steel — is Warren Buffett’s solution to the industry’s dwindling coal traffic. After this year, Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway will be more than 99 percent finished with a second, parallel line to its […]