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To: All BNSF Intermodal Customers

BNSF Intermodal Service Advisory: Thursday Update

As of noon, Thursday, June 19, 2008, BNSF Railway continues to operate along our Transcon route, moving traffic on a single mainline through Fort Madison, IA. Overnight, water rose slightly in Fort Madison, however, trains continue to operate through the affected area.

Click here to view photos of the affected areas.

BNSF Network affected area photos.pdf

We continue to move traffic in waves of eastbound then westbound trains across our Transcon mainline. Our operating plans are 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.

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

Service Interruptions.pdf

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.

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

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