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Service Update for Friday, September 25, 2015

The operation generated steady performance this week with velocity for locomotives, trains and cars remaining strong. After recording a year-to-date low last week, the total trains held average increased by nearly 13 trains due to some disruptions in our North and South Regions. Total volume bounced back above the robust 200,000 level for the 17th week this year. Following a nine percent decrease due to the Labor Day holiday, we moved nearly 210,000 units during the latest reporting week.

As we reported, we experienced a derailment of an ethanol unit train last Saturday morning along our Aberdeen Subdivision in southeastern South Dakota. BNSF promptly notified local and state officials, and our response teams were at the scene working closely with emergency personnel. In response to this incident, we implemented procedures to re-route traffic and alleviate train holding delays as much as possible. Track repairs were made and service was restored to this affected portion of the subdivision on Wednesday. We continue to work with investigators to determine the cause of the derailment.

More than two dozen trains experienced delays last weekend along our Twin Cities to Chicago corridor due to a Canadian Pacific maintenance project impacting our main line in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. While it often creates service challenges, maintenance work is critical to ensuring the safety of the rail network. BNSF crews are making great progress toward completing this year's capital maintenance program. As many projects wrap up over the next several weeks, we will have replaced nearly 950 miles of rail, 3.5 million ties and conducted nearly 22,000 miles of ballast work, which can include removing and replacing the rock beside and underneath the track. The video below highlights the work our teams undertake each year to keep our railroad reliable and optimized for ideal speeds for trains that carry a wide range of commodities.

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending September 22:

Total trains held for the week increased by nearly 30 percent to an average of 56.0 versus 43.1 recorded the prior week.
    Versus the same week last year: down by 78.0%
    Versus the same week in 2013: down by 49.3%

Total trains on the system was up by nearly three percent from the prior week with an average of 1,553 trains on the system.

Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 284.8, which is up by more than two percent from the prior week's 278.8 MPD.

Locomotive dwell decreased by more than six percent from the prior week at 18.4 hours.

Car velocity was essentially unchanged at 222.4 MPD versus 221.7 MPD recorded the prior week.
    Versus the same week last year: up by 22.3%
    Versus the same week in 2013: up by 7.6%

Train velocity was down by one percent from the prior week at 18.9 miles per hour.
    Versus the same week last year: up by 28.6%
    Versus the same week in 2013: up by 9.9%

Total volume increased more than nine percent from the previous week, which included the Labor Day holiday. We moved 209,943 units in Week 37 (ending September 19).

Terminal dwell was up by more than two percent from the prior week at 24.3 hours.
    Versus the same week last year: down by 12.6%
    Versus the same week in 2013: down by 1.2%

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