Stackups on the BNSF Northwest Division

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Cordis1

New Member
Hopefully Stampede Tunnels enlargement is included in this:

BNSF Announces $3.5 Billion Capital Commitment Program
FORT WORTH, TEXAS, Feb. 7, 2011:
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today announced a planned 2011 capital commitment program of $3.5 billion. The largest component of the capital plan is spending $2 billion on BNSF's core network and related assets. BNSF also plans to spend about $450 million to acquire 227 locomotives and approximately $350 million on freight car and other equipment acquisitions. The program also includes about $300 million for federally mandated positive train control (PTC) and $300 million for terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency projects. BNSF's expansion and efficiency projects will be primarily focused on the mid-continent and coal routes to improve velocity and throughput capacity.

"BNSF expects to invest approximately $3.5 billion in 2011 to ensure our infrastructure remains strong and to improve the efficiency of our operations," said Matthew K. Rose, BNSF chairman and chief executive officer. "As we demonstrated with our capital commitments during one of the deepest recessions in U.S. history, we remain committed to making the necessary investments to maintain and grow the value of our franchise's capacity and to provide the nation's supply chain with more efficient freight transportation."
 

Jon Bentz

New Member
Aside from the obvious fixes for Stampede, Stevens and the Gorge no one has really talked about the 'mother of all bottlenecks' - Spokane to Sand Point. One thing that I've never read or heard about as a possible solution is the 'other' line ( the UP / former SI ) that runs parallel to BNSF from Bonners Ferry to Spokane. Why couldn't a joint use agreement be worked out with UP ( like CP and CN in the Fraser River Canyon ) and use both lines to relieve congestion? Just ask'in......
 

Beverlyhelper

beverlyhelper
Aside from the obvious fixes for Stampede, Stevens and the Gorge no one has really talked about the 'mother of all bottlenecks' - Spokane to Sand Point. One thing that I've never read or heard about as a possible solution is the 'other' line ( the UP / former SI ) that runs parallel to BNSF from Bonners Ferry to Spokane. Why couldn't a joint use agreement be worked out with UP ( like CP and CN in the Fraser River Canyon ) and use both lines to relieve congestion? Just ask'in......
Well, geez, then there's the former GN line from Spokaloo to Sandpoint, too...

All these abandoned lines that now might make sense (like SP&S).
 

SDP45

Abandoned line seeker
The former GN through Spokane is not really set up for efficient through movements anymore.

Are all the bridges still in place? The line is active from Newport to Sandpoint as a shortline.

As for the old NP from Spokane to Sandpoint, most of it was double-tracked, but there is still some single track left.
 

Train Guy

UP Washy and S.I. Cond.
The Funnel and Hauser are going to need capacity added if any of the lines to the west are expected to add capacity. The other two fuel mains are going to need to be put in to get more trains in and out faster. Right now its not uncommon to have train sitting at Hauser Jct waiting for a fuel main off to the west and possibly another one sitting at the intermediate signal at Newman Lake or pulled up to Idaho Rd. behind the first train. Then east of Hauser a train stuck at Ramsey Siding and possibly another at CP Athol at the end of double mains to Cocolalla. For those that know the area, if I was BNSF connect CP Athol to Ramsey Siding and Ramsey to East Rathdrum. The little two mile piece of single main from CP Cocolalla to West Algoma needs dealt with also. With those two pieces connected you would have double mains all the way from CP Otis Orchards to East Algoma which is off the west end of the long bridge in Sandpoint. The congestion in Sandpoint is a whole other task that needs to be dealt with too but work on the funnel first.

Brett
 




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