Network Update for Friday, August 4, 2017
The operation generated steady overall performance versus the prior week with good fluidity reported across the network. Car, train and locomotive velocity averages were each essentially unchanged after experiencing improvement during the past few weeks. Terminal dwell was also reduced versus the prior week and is currently at a lower level than the average from the previous August.
We experienced some disruption in service through eastern Montana at the beginning of the week due to a derailment Sunday evening on our Forsyth Subdivision, approximately 55 miles west of Glendive. More than two dozen trains were delayed due to the incident, which was caused by a truck at a grade crossing. Service through the impacted location was restored within 12 hours and train flows through the area quickly normalized.
While there is no audio podcast this week, we would like to report that we are experiencing consistent velocity and a return to the 2.8 to 2.9 average trips per month generated by our shuttle program during the last several weeks. As corn and soybean crops finish their development, we are also preparing for the fall harvest season. To enhance your shipping options during October and November, BNSF held an auction which ended this past week with all 10 available units sold for a new southern Direct Domestic Efficiency Train (DET) Certificate of Transportation (COT) product. We will continue our efforts to support your increased shipping needs in the busy months ahead. With more than $50 billion invested in our railroad since 2000, we are ready to keep our customers' crops moving during this year's fall harvest.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Much of the BNSF network will experience favorable operating conditions during the next several days. As capital maintenance activity remains ongoing, five subdivisions across the network have project work windows scheduled during the upcoming week. This map highlights those locations, specifically our Kootenai River Subdivision in western Montana, where some trains may experience delays and/or speed reductions during these scheduled windows. As always, our teams are constantly evaluating all available options to mitigate these potential delays as much as possible.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending August 3:
Total trains held for the week increased by nearly three percent with an average 63.1 trains held versus 61.4 trains held during the prior week.
Versus the August 2016 average: up by 5.1%
Total trains on the system was up by nearly one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,446 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 282.4, which is down by nearly one percent from the 284.1 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the August 2016 average: down by 3.9%
Car velocity was essentially unchanged at 224.2 MPD versus 224.1 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the August 2016 average: up by 0.5%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was essentially unchanged versus the prior week at 19.0 MPH.
Versus the August 2016 average: up by 0.7%
Total volume was up by more than one percent from the prior week with 203,725 units moved in Week 30 (ending July 29) versus 201,090 units in Week 29 (ending July 22).
Terminal dwell was down by more than four percent from the prior week at 24.1 hours.
Versus the August 2016 average: down by 2.2%
As always, we thank you for your business and appreciate the opportunity to serve as your transportation service provider. We welcome your feedback and questions.