Burlington Northern is a 25,000 mile railway system that serves some 4,000 communities in 19 states and two provinces of Canada. That service territory stretches from Chicago and the Great Lakes to the ports of the Pacific Northwest, and south from Canada to the ports on the Gulf of Mexico. In between, our tracks wrap around the vast coal fields of Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Some 70 percent of all American coal is located west of the Mississippi, and the states of Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota have about 44 percent of the total. Of real significance is the fact that a large percentage of those reserves are surface-mineable, low-sulphur deposits. Burlington Northern's experience with unit coal trains is reviewed. Capital and maintenance programs from 1970 through 1981 involves nearly 3 billion dollars and are largely coal-related (centralized traffic controls, longer sidings, new trackage, etc.). Further, coal producers and electric power plants have constructed special loading and unloading facilities to reduce turn around time. Railroads can handle the expected coal traffic and serve their other customers as well: they need the extra business to improve their return on capital invested. But if any significant number of the 15 new coal slurry pipelines are built the effects on railroads and on their customers could be devastating.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • In Coal production and transportation: third annual conference, 1977; San Francisco, PLM, Inc.
  • Corporate Authors:

    PLM, Incorporated

    1 Embarcadero Center
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94111
  • Authors:
    • Lorentzsen, N M
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00174371
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 18 1978 12:00AM