July 23, 2014

Feds order BNSF, CN to report on grain progress

U.S. railroad regulators have ordered BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to hasten shipments of grain from a backlog that has frustrated farmers and people who run grain elevators. The Surface Transportation Board, in a decision late Friday, required the two railroads to publicly disclose every week plans to address the delays, which have forced [...]

States balk at keeping oil-train info from public

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying Thursday that the information shouldn’t be kept from the public. Federal officials last month ordered railroads to make the disclosures after a [...]

BNSF sees Bakken-area tie-up lasting until year-end

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BNSF Railway Co., the carrier owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will need the rest of 2014 to untangle train tie-ups in the corridor that serves North Dakota’s Bakken shale region. A system-wide traffic jam, caused by surging grain and crude-oil volumes coupled with harsh weather, is being resolved on the southern lines linking [...]

BNSF plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents

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BILLINGS, Mont. – BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday (Feb. 20) it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher benchmark for safety within an industry that’s seen multiple major accidents. The voluntary step by the Texas-based subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s [...]

BNSF announces $5B capital commitment program

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FORT WORTH, Texas – BNSF Railway Company Feb. 5 announced a new single-year record capital commitment plan of approximately $5 billion for 2014, approximately a $1 billion increase over its 2013 capital spend. The largest component of the capital plan is spending $2.3 billion on BNSF’s core network and related assets. BNSF also plans to [...]

N.D. governor, reps. question BNSF officials

FARGO, North Dakota — North Dakota’s two senators took turns peppering two BNSF executives Saturday on the railroad company’s plans to prevent another train derailment like last month’s crash and fire near Casselton. The Dec. 30 collision that happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed and caused a train carrying crude oil to derail one [...]

NTSB issues preliminary report on Casselton rail accident

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WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Board today released its preliminary report in the Dec. 30, 2013, derailment, collision, fire and explosion that occurred near Fargo, N.D. A BNSF train carrying crude oil struck a derailed BNSF train on a parallel track that was carrying grain. The full report can be found here.  

BNSF offers reward for information of vandalism

A freight train carrying vehicles and commodities that overturned on railroad tracks near a north Tulsa community early Friday is being treated as an act of vandalism with company officials offering a $100,000 reward to help find the person responsible, officials said. Joe Faust, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman, said the company is working [...]

Carl Ice to succeed Rose as BNSF Railway CEO

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BNSF Railway is promoting Carl Ice from president and chief operating officer to chief executive officer, replacing Matt Rose, who will become executive chairman. The railroad is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is one of Nebraska’s and Lincoln’s biggest private employers. Read the complete story at the Lincoln Journal Star.

BNSF offers $5K reward after train shooting

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SEATTLE – BNSF Railway has announced it will pay $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects who fired at least 15 shots at one of its freight trains west of Quincy at 8:15 p.m. Sept. 24. Gus Melonas, spokesman for the Fort Worth, Texas-based railroad, said neither of the train’s [...]