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TRACK BULLETIN

B u rl i ngton Northern & S a nta Fe
a ting department grouped the resu l ting 2 2 d i v i s i o n s into e i g h t s e rv i c e group s , each headed by an assistant vice president i n the field. These individuals report directly to ei ther Vice President-Operations orth Dave D e a l y or Vice President-Operations South R o l l i n B re d e n b u rg . "The plan divides the railroad into more managea ble service-ori e n t e d regi o n s , " a c c o r d i n g to S e n i o r Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Matt Rose, and "puts more management responsi bility in the fie l d . " "We can't r u n t h i s great big railroad from Fort Wort h , " added Chairman Rob Krebs. New divisions include Kansas City Term i nal, Springfield , Memphis, and Amarillo. I n a d d i t i o n , t h e S o u t h D ak o t a D i v i si o n h a s been renamed the D a kota Division. Operat ing a s s i s t a n t vice presidents are posted at N o r t h t o w n , S e a t t l e , K a n s a s C i t y, D e nver, M e m p h i s , A m a ri l lo , S a n B e rn a r d i n o , and Fort Worth.

Ken Fitzgerald

O P E RATI O N S C ompetitors Hand Trains Over, New Trains
F or u n known reasons, Canadian Pacific has been handing unit potash and sulfur trains, locomotives and a l l , over to BNSF at either N o y e s , M in n e s o t a , or the Twin C i t i e s for movement within the United States, instead of operating them over Soo Line. For exam ple, CP train 6 1 2 r oll ed into Dayton's Bluff Yard in S t . P a u l on ovember 2 9 w ith 7 0 carloads of sul fu r and rolled out a s BNSF U D A M C H C l 3 0 t h e fol lo w i ng d a y, bo u n d eve n t u a l l y f o r H o p e we l l , Virgi n i a , via t h e Chicago interchange. To e a s e conge s t i o n , U n i on P a c i fi c h a s b e e n u s i n g B N S F as an a l ternate route for some of its freight traffi c . One u n expected development d u ring November was the re routing of UP grain trains between the Mid west and t h e Pacific Northwest v i a B S F. B o u n d for Tac o m a , W a s h i n g t o n , t r a i n F DAMTAC 1 2 5 l eft Dayton's B l u ff on Novem ber 2 5 b ehind UP power. Another outgrowth of U P 's troubles was the temporary diversion of Powder River B a s i n coal movements to Wisconsin Power & L ight's Edgewater Sta tion in S heboygan, Wisconsin, from the cus tomary UP d i rect routing. U n t i l Apri l , the coal w i l l move via B N S F from Wyoming to S t . P au l , M in n e s o t a ; CP from S t . P a u l to LaCrosse, Wisconsin; and U P the rest of the way. Coal-short Edgewater switched to BNSF to expedite deliveries. The annual increase in shipments out of the Red River Val l ey caused BNSF to operate t r a i n M G F D NTW b e t ween Grand Forks, North Dakota, and N orthtown Yard i n the Twi n Cities on December 5 . T his former BN 8 0 8 s ym b o l a ug m e n t s t r a i n H G F D NTW ( former BN 1 46 ) t hat had operated in multi ple sections d uring l a te November.

A W arpumpkin heads up the pack on a westbound freight at Saginaw, Texas, on August 2, 1997.

A D M I N I STRATI O N M ore Divisions
To simplify the system map and improve ser vice, Burlington Northern & S anta Fe elimi-

nated the Yellowstone and North Dakota di visions on J u ly l 8 , 1 9 9 7 . O n December 2 , B NSF reversed its position, announcing that on January I i t would form four new operat ing d i v i s i o n s " to prov i d e m ore consistent customer service. " On top of that, the oper-

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