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Flooding on the Mississippi River in April affected the "K Line" between Burlington, Iowa, and West Quincy, Mo. While some coal traffic was rerouted via Galesburg and Quincy, symbols JJ068 and KKl18 were operated via Kansas City and Springfield, then east on the Cuba Subdi vision (former Frisco First Sub) to St. Louis. Because of the steep gradient in the vicinity of Rolla, Mo., several trains had to be doubled, or shoved by trailing manifest train power.

O perational News Shorts
Nine cars of a 93-car Pasco-Portland freight derailed at Home Valley, Wash., on April 20, apparently caused by a broken wheel. BN received plenty of media attention during the cleanup as two loaded 25,000 gallon tank cars sank in the Columbia River . . . The movement of traffic on the busy Powder River Basin line should improve later this year, as BN and C&NW plan to construct 10.2 miles of second main track between East Logan and West Bill, Wyo. . . . BN will participate in a test run of Amtrak's experi mental tilt train, the X2000, on June 30. It is reported that the X2000 will make a non stop run from Denver to Chicago, similar to the famous Z ephyr run in 1934, although this trip is scheduled to last 17 hours . . . De spite the temporary leveling off of container shipments during the first quarter of 1993, BN reports that it still handles 5,500 dou blestack well units per day across the sys tem . . . The increase of interline coal trains with connecting carriers has facilitated the use of more pooled locomotives on manifest trains in an effort to equalize horsepower hour credits. To wit, train 3 departed Chica go on April 11 behind a trio of Santa Fe SD40-2s, 5136/5168/5105. On March 29, train 3 departed Cicero with BN SD40-2 7886 leading Conrail SD50s 6784 and 6785.

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E xcursion and Special Train News
Equipment and expertise from across the West will converge in the Chicago area for a planned recreational operation west of Au rora, IlL Washington Central Railway, opera tor of the successful Spirit of Washington dinner train near Seattle, plans to operate a dinner train from Montgomery to Ottawa, IlL, using eight cars and three locomotives being refurbished at its Yakima, Wash., shops. The planned three-hour ride along the Fox River will use equipment formerly operated by Transcisco's Texan dinner train in San Antonio, Texas. WCRC plans to use BN trackage for the operation, contingent on its ability to construct a depot and sup port parking at the eastern terminus in Montgomery. The train should spur rider ship on Metra's already-busy commuter route over the BN from Chicago to Aurora. In a related news item, BN and Metra will be involved in the expansion of passenger service to feed a riverboat gambling opera tion planned to begin in Aurora in June. Out in Nebraska, the Southeast Nebras ka Railroad Association is negotiating with BN to purchase 18 miles of aban doned right-of-way between Nebraska City and Brownville for the operation of an excursion train. The estimated value of the transaction is $450,000, exclusive of equipment assets the operator has already lined up for the line. A Lincoln, Neb.-based group is also looking at operating a tourist train on 54 miles of BN trackage between Lincoln and Nebraska City, Neb. If approved by BN, this would be a trackage rights-only deal as the common carrier presently handles coal to Omaha Public Power District's Ne braska City plant on the line.

RAILROAD COLUMNISTS AMTRAK/PASSENGER-Dick Stephenson
444 Piedmont Ave. #128. Glendale. CA 91206

AT&SF-Elson Rush
P.O. Box 379. Waukesha. WI 53187

B URLINGTON NORTHERN-Karl Rasmussen
11449 Goldenrod St. NW. Coon Rapids. MN 55448

CN NORTH AMERICA-Mike Cleary
1395 W. Jessamine #206. St. Paul. MN 55108

C&NW-Michael W. Blaszak
211 South Leitch Ave .. La Grange.IL 60525

COMMUTER-Dick Stephenson
444 Piedmont Ave. #128. Glendale. CA 91206

CP RAIL SYSTEM-Karl Rasmussen
11449 Goldenrod st. NW. Coon Rapids. MN 55448

D&RGW-Richard C. Farewell
9729 W. 76th Ave .. Arvada. CO 80005

I LLINOIS CENTRAL-David J. Daisy
746

N. Bruns Lane Apt. A. Springfield.IL 62702

MEXICO-Clifford R. Prather
P.O. Box 925. Santa Ana. CA 92702

REG IONALS-Dave Kroeger

M otive Power Notes
As reported in last month's PRN, all nine GP20Cs were parked by BN effective April 30. Units 2001-2009 are stored in the trans fer yard at Northtown as of the first week of May . . . An unexpected surprise on the Hinckley Local out of Minneapolis on April 18 found Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range SD9s 156, 155 and 138 dead in tow behind GP20C 2002. The SDs were set out at Inde pendent Locomotive Service at Bethel . . . Additional EMD SD40-2s have come onto the property and are based at Lincoln, Neb., for inspection purposes. Recent sightings include the 6040, 6045 and 6047.

5 25 6th Ave .. Marion. IA 52302

SHORT LINES WEST-Wayne Monger
1409 Tillman st.. Suun City. CA 94585

SHORT LINES EAST-Bob Thompson
Route 6. Box 207. Paris. TX 75462

SP/SSW-Joseph A. Strapac
P.O. Box 1539. Bellftower. CA 90707

TRANSIT-Mac Sebree
P.O. Box 250280. Glendale. CA 91225-0280

UNION PACIFIC-Wayne Monger
1409 Tillman St .. Suun City. CA 94585

CONTRIBUTING TRANS I T COLUMNISTS Robert Blymyer. Chris Cucchiara, Don Jewell. Richard R. Kunz. Matthew G. Vurek FOCUS CORRESPONDENTS Mike Abalos, Greg Brown, Rich Farewell, Paul Fries, Dave Gayer, Wayne Kuchinsky, Carl M. Lehman. Scott Muskopf, Dan Pope, Ken Rat tenne. Dick Stephenson

Thanks to Mike Bartels, Mike Blaszak, Ted Ferkenhoff, Mike Kiriazis, Dave Kroeger, Glenn Lee, THE MIXED TRAIN, Mike Murray, RAILWAY AGE, Michael Sitter and TRAFFIC WORLD.

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