BNSF plans to expand rail capacity

Published on: Aug 20, 2013

BNSF Railway Co. plans to invest in several maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects this year, according to an announcement.

This includes an estimated investment of $115 million in Montana, $220 million in North Dakota and $125 million in Washington.

BNSF's 2013 capacity enhancement projects in Washington include construction of two receiving and departure tracks nearly 7,000 ft. long at BNSF's Delta yard in Everett, Wash.; expanding BNSF's automotive distribution facility at Orillia, Wash., to support growth in new automobile traffic, and signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control (PTC).

BNSF will continue its track maintenance program in Washington, which will include nearly 2,800 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work and replacing about 175 miles of rail and 110,000 railroad ties.

BNSF will expand capacity in Montana by constructing three new unit train staging tracks about three miles east of Glasgow, Mont., and will enhance safety by adding machine vision technology at Miles City, Mont., to help detect damaged equipment.

BNSF will also continue its track maintenance program in Montana, which will include more than 2,300 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, replacing nearly 100 miles of rail and about 310,000 ties as well as significant signal upgrades for PTC.

In North Dakota, BNSF's 2013 capacity enhancement projects include: constructing three new sidings west of Minot near Manitou, Tioga and Palermo, N.D.; extending the sidings near Glen Ullin and Hillsboro, N.D.; improving six sidings between Minot and Grand Forks, N.D.; raising 10 miles of track over Devils Lake by 1-5 ft. to keep the track above rising water; upgrading the line between Berthold and Northgate, N.D., on the Canadian border; installing centralized traffic control signal systems on three sidings near Devils Lake, Hillsboro and Towner, N.D.; constructing a new double crossover track east of Williston, N.D., and lengthening existing tracks or adding new tracks at BNSF rail yards in Mandan, Minot and Williston.

BNSF will also continue its track maintenance program in North Dakota, which will include nearly 1,900 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, replacing about 315 miles of rail and 415,000 ties and making signal upgrades for PTC.