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To: All BNSF Intermodal Customers

BNSF Intermodal Service Advisory: Friday Update

As of noon, Friday, June 20, 2008, BNSF Railway continues to operate as efficiently as possible along our Transcon route, moving traffic on single mainline track through Fort Madison, IA. Overnight, water receded only one inch in Fort Madison; however, over a mile of track was elevated to allow BNSF trains to continue to operate through the affected area.

Click here to view new photos of the affected areas.

SA 06-20-08_Flooding photos.pdf

We continue to move traffic in waves of eastbound then westbound trains across our Transcon mainline between Los Angeles and Chicago. Our operating plans are to continue to move oldest freight first where possible. Delays of at least 48 hours on trains through this route are expected. This impact affects freight moving Chicago, IL, to/from Southern and Northern California, Phoenix, AZ, and Alliance, TX, as well as interchange over Chicago, IL. In addition to transit delays across the impacted areas, delays at origin are anticipated due to high inventories resulting from reduced train frequency associated with this service interruption.

Click here to view a map of the continued affected areas on the BNSF network.

Service Interruptions.pdf

Due to the flooding in these areas, even routes not directly impacted by flooding are still experiencing ongoing Intermodal equipment and locomotive imbalances. These imbalances are causing additional delays across the entire BNSF network. Expected delays are at least 48 hours, depending on the lane.

Freight moving to and from eastern gateways will continue to see delays due to re-routes and usage of alternative interchange gateways.

The Chicago/Denver route (to and from) continues to be out of service. We are re-routing via our southern route, with expected delays of at least 48 hours.

Click here to view a map of the Chicago/Denver re-route.

Denver Chicago Reroute.pdf

We are still experiencing flooding at various locations on the Mississippi River between Burlington, IA, and Memphis, TN. This flooding impacts the markets of Memphis, TN, Birmingham, AL, St. Louis, MO, and Atlanta, GA, with delays of at least 24 to 36 hours.

We will continue to provide you with additional information as it becomes available.

If you need additional information, please contact BNSF Customer Support at 1-888-428-2673 option 4, option 3.

If you have any questions, please send an email to