Service Update for Friday, July 10, 2015
The operation experienced solid performance gains this week even as flooding continues to present service challenges in several areas. Overall, velocity for trains, locomotives and cars all generated significant improvements over the prior week and good fluidity was maintained throughout the network.
As we have reported, the ongoing flooding issues in the Central Plains and Mississippi River Valley have caused some service disruptions during the past several weeks. The River Subdivision in Missouri has been out of service since June 18 due to high water in several locations. It remains closed, but water levels have begun receding. With just scattered rain chances in the forecast, service along this subdivision could be restored as early as the middle of next week.
Further south, the Emporia Subdivision in Kansas, part of our Southern Transcon route, is partially out of service as our maintenance crews repair an embankment that failed near our Argentine Terminal. We have implemented procedures, including the re-routing of trains, to keep traffic moving. We expect service to be fully restored this weekend. In addition, a portion of the El Paso Subdivision in southern New Mexico is currently out of service after several washouts were reported overnight. Repair work is ongoing and we expect service through the affected area to resume soon. Service has been restored on the Creek Subdivision, which runs between Tulsa and Madill, Oklahoma, after a brief closure yesterday due to high water. As an extended period of dry weather for the southern Plains takes hold, a return to normal train flows through this corridor is expected.
While our maintenance and engineering crews address the recent flooding issues, our capital gangs continue to make great progress on this year’s expansion projects. This week, construction was completed on nine miles of new double-track along our Clovis Subdivision, between Vaughn and Carnero, New Mexico. This segment, one of the few remaining single-track segments on the Southern Transcon route, will go into service early next week. It will have the capacity to support an additional 10 trains a day and, most importantly, improve on-time performance during the peak traffic periods experienced from late-week volumes. After this year’s other scheduled expansion work is completed, only seven miles of single-track will remain on the Southern Transcon going into 2016.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending July 7:
Total trains held for the week declined by nearly 15 percent to an average of 115.4 versus 135.6 recorded the prior week.
Versus the same week last year: down by 57.0%
Versus the same week in 2013: up by 9.4%
Total trains on the system was down more than one percent from the prior week with an average of 1,570 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 269.4, which is up 3.5 percent from the prior week’s 260.4 MPD.
Locomotive dwell decreased by more than one percent from the prior week at 17.3 hours.
Car velocity was up by nearly three percent at 207.2 MPD versus 202.1 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the same week last year: up by 19.6%
Versus the same week in 2013: down by 1.7%
Train velocity was up by nearly seven percent from the prior week at 17.4 miles per hour.
Versus the same week last year: up by 21.7%
Versus the same week in 2013: down by 0.6%
Total volume was down nearly three percent with 186,804 units moved in Week 26 (ending July 4).
Terminal dwell was down slightly from the prior week at 24.8 hours.
Versus the same week last year: down by 14.5%
Versus the same week in 2013: up by 4.2%
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