Service Update for Friday, August 21, 2015
The operation continues to deliver solid performance as velocity for trains, locomotives and cars all held relatively steady this week. Good fluidity was maintained across the network and the total trains held average declined to the lowest weekly level recorded this year. Total volume also exceeded 200,000 units for the fourth consecutive week.
Wildfires remain a continued concern across the inland Pacific Northwest. There are currently about 100 large fires impacting parts of Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington and California. The Sheep Fire near Essex, Montana forced BNSF to halt service through this portion of our Hi-Line Subdivision for more than seven hours yesterday. While this fire is not moving toward our main line at the present time, strong winds will impact the region later today and red flag warnings indicating ideal fire conditions are in effect. We are working closely with fire officials and assisting local responders by deploying additional firefighting equipment, including a specialized fire train that is equipped with water tank cars, a water cannon and firefighting foam. We have also implemented procedures, including the re-routing of trains, to minimize the impact of any service disruption as much as possible.
As we have reported, maintenance activity and expansion work remains in full swing throughout the network. This weekend, a new siding will be placed into service in Lumberton, Texas on our Silsbee Subdivision, which runs north-south through Beaumont near the Gulf Coast. Sidings, as highlighted in the video below, help improve traffic flow by enabling trains to pass each other which, in turn, increases capacity to handle more trains on the same line. This is one of five new sidings and 15 siding extensions that will be added onto the network this year.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending August 18:
Total trains held for the week decreased by more than 10 percent to an average of 51.6 versus 57.6 recorded the prior week.
Versus the same week last year: down by 79.4%
Versus the same week in 2013: down by 57.1%
Total trains on the system was essentially unchanged from the prior week with an average of 1,559 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 280.4, which is up by nearly one percent from the prior week's 278.1 MPD.
Locomotive dwell increased by nearly two percent from the prior week at 18.0 hours.
Car velocity was essentially unchanged at 216.7 MPD versus 216.8 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the same week last year: up by 22.7%
Versus the same week in 2013: up by 5.6%
Train velocity was up by more than one percent from the prior week at 18.6 miles per hour.
Versus the same week last year: up by 27.4%
Versus the same week in 2013: up by 8.8%
Total volume was down by less than one percent with a robust 205,169 units moved in Week 32 (ending August 15).
Terminal dwell was up by nearly two percent from the prior week at 24.6 hours.
Versus the same week last year: down by 15.2%
Versus the same week in 2013: down by 0.8%
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