September 20, 2014

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 [...]

BNSF to serve new crude-rail terminal in Wyo.

CTRAN L.L.C., Cogent Energy Solutions L.L.C. and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners have announced they secured all permits, funding and customers to begin construction on a crude-by-rail terminal adjacent to the Casper Natrona County International Airport in Casper, Wyo. To be completed in spring 2014, the terminal will be served by BNSF Railway Co. and accommodate unit [...]

3 BNSF trains in collision near Amarillo, 4 hurt

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Four people were injured in a three-train collision about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of U.S. Highway 60 and Farm-to-Market Road 1912 east of Amarillo, the Potter County Sheriff’s Office said. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesman Joe Faust said a stopped train heading east was stopped on the tracks when another train also [...]

BNSF spending $125M on Okla. projects

Railroad operator BNSF Railways Co. announced plans Monday to spend $125 million expanding and improving their system in Oklahoma. The projects include a new bypass connection at the Cherokee Yard in West Tulsa and extending a siding area on their tracks near Mannford. Read the complete story at the Tulsa World.  

Crude by rail ‘more flexible, economical’

BNSF Railway Co. expects to begin moving unit trains of crude oil from a Carlsbad, N.M., transload facility later this year after an expansion project is completed at the facility.

 The project at the Cetane Energy L.L.C.-owned facility calls for adding track to accommodate unit train loading, and creating additional rail-car loading stations and a [...]

Seven hurt when UP, BNSF trains collide

ROCKVIEW, Mo. – Seven people were injured early Saturday, May 25, when two freight trains collided, spurring the collapse of a highway overpass. Dispatcher Clay Slipis of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department said two vehicles were on the Highway M overpass about 2:30 a.m. when a Union Pacific train T-boned a BNSF Railway train. Read the [...]

BNSF partners with Ill. colleges to offer certificate

Spoon River College (SRC) of Canton, Ill., Carl Sandburg College (CSC) of Galesburg, Ill. and BNSF has partnered together to offer a new Rail Transportation & Power System Technology Certificate. Students enrolled in the program will study circuits, hydraulics, welding, diesel tractor technology, engine systems, safety in the workplace and much more. Students will have [...]