December 1, 2015

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 [...]

Rail lines, elevators prepared for massive harvest

Grain elevator, BNSF

A record corn and soybean harvest is predicted for this year, and managers at South Dakota elevators and railroads say they’re prepared. There’s been a recent effort to invest in railroad infrastructure statewide, thanks in part to a push from political delegates at the federal level. At the same time, many companies are adding grain [...]

BNSF impacted by northwestern wildfires


BNSF Railway Co. reported to its customers yesterday that it is experiencing an operational impact due to a track outage caused by wildfires in Essex, Mont. The Class I informed customers in an Aug. 31 service advisory that the railroad’s main track though the area was open, but fires continue to burn, which may cause intermittent [...]

BNSF: court order could disrupt economy


LA CROSSE, Wis. — BNSF Railway says a temporary court injunction against use of its new track through the La Crosse River marsh would damage the railroad and disrupt the economy of the northern part of the country. In documents filed this week, attorneys for BNSF challenge an order issued earlier this month by La [...]

Fire crews take the train


With thick smoke impeding visibility and foiling aircraft operations over the past couple of days, BNSF Railway trains have been shuttling fire crews and heavy equipment into the Sheep Fire at the southern edge of Glacier National Park. There firefighters have been working to build containment lines during a lull in fire activity. Fire management [...]

Powder river basin coal demand down


Nine years ago, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company embarked on a campaign to improve its freight service in and out of the coal-rich Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. Times were good, the coal industry was booming and BNSF was getting political pressure to beef up its Powder River Basin infrastructure to help [...]

Meeting for Minn. furloughed BNSF and UP workers


In light of the recent furloughs by BNSF and Union Pacific railroads, and since many locals are experiencing difficulty reaching the members who have been furloughed and dislocated, the SMART TD Minnesota State Legislative Board is hosting, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Education and Economic Development (MN DEED) a free informational meeting to [...]