Production of next-generation Acela Express fleet underway
Stadler unveils TEX Rail Flirt DMU
Siemens invests in remote monitoring specialist Wi-Tronix
DB consortium selected for California high speed rail
Judge puts the skids on state’s proposed rail trail
Amtrak's CEO shares his vision for rail's future
Flight Rail: a new type of train?
America’s short lines play the long game
New York rail operator bolsters security after London bombing
On March 13, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas told Railway Age, “We ran a test 14,000-foot (2.65-mile) train yesterday on Stampede to Hauser, Idaho. We’re testing train no. 2 today and studying all variables to determine if it’s feasible for enhanced efficiencies.”
The first of these double-length grain trains was described as having 230 cars with three locomotives on the head end, two DPUs at mid-train, and one DPU on the rear. If functioning properly, the DPUs should prevent string-lining on the twisting curves and 2.2% grade of Stampede Pass.
Trains of such length would exceed the capacity of most sidings. However, BNSF’s 235-mile Stampede route between Auburn and Kennewick/Pasco, Wash., is presently operated in an eastward direction only, eliminating the need for opposing trains to pass while maximizing throughput for empty grain, coal and oil trains returning from the Northwest coast. From Pasco to Hauser, BNSF has enough segments of double-track main, as well as sidings where conventional-length westbounds can fit, to potentially make these double-length trains a manageable option.
BNSF has also been testing intermodal and manifest trains exceeding conventional length across other parts of its system.
The post BNSF testing double-length grain trains appeared first on Railway Age.
This article first appeared on www.railwayage.com
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2020 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.