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To: BNSF Carload Customers

Changes to Operations Between Snowden and Glendive, MT Coming this Fall

Recent growth in the Bakken shale region has increased traffic volumes moving in and out of the area, including along BNSF’s line between Snowden and Glendive, MT. BNSF and the Yellowstone Valley Railroad (YSVR), the shortline operating this line, have chosen to amend their lease agreement to allow a coordinated operation where both railroads focus on their strengths. YSVR is owned by Watco Transportation Services, LLC.

Beginning this fall, BNSF will provide service for unit trains and YSVR will provide service for all other traffic along the line between Snowden and Crane, MT to provide the best possible service for all customers. BNSF will serve all customers between Crane and Glendive and will also assume the dispatching and maintenance of the entire Snowden to Glendive line, facilitating BNSF investments in this fast-growing area. BNSF will also handle bridge traffic between Snowden and Glendive. See map for more details.


More information, including the official effective date, will be communicated in the next few months. If you have any questions, please contact your BNSF Marketing Representative.

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