BNSF experienced a derailment Tuesday afternoon on our Southern Transcon near Truxton, Arizona, approximately 100 miles west of Flagstaff on our Seligman Subdivision. Crews worked aggressively to clear the scene, and service was restored on one of the main tracks Wednesday night. While a substantial number of trains were forced to hold, operations teams implemented procedures, including increasing train size out of origin facilities, to mitigate the disruption to train flows as much as possible.
Both main tracks were back in service by late yesterday morning and traffic through this busy location on the network continues to normalize. We will continue to update impacted customers on any further service-related issues associated with this incident.
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Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Our operations teams continue to manage extensive maintenance activity and capital expansion work on the network as well as robust volumes moving on the railroad.
During the upcoming week, major activity will continue across portions of our primary Northern Transcon route between Montana and the West Coast. In our South Region, some trains may experience delays associated with capacity expansion work in Amarillo as well as maintenance projects continuing on our Red Rock Subdivision through central Oklahoma and on our Thayer South Subdivision through northeastern Arkansas.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending June 7:
Total trains held for the week increased by nearly 20 percent with an average of 153.9 trains held versus 128.3 trains held during the prior week.
Versus the June 2017 average: up by 108.2%
Total trains on the system was up by more than three percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,567 trains on the system.
Versus the June 2017 average: up by 8.6%
Car velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was down by nearly two percent at 204.2 MPD versus 207.5 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the June 2017 average: down by 3.4%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was down by more than three percent versus the prior week at 16.7 MPH.
Versus the June 2017 average: down by 8.7%
Total volume was down by more than eight percent from the prior week with 194,813 units moved in Week 22 (ending June 2, which includes the Memorial Day holiday) versus 212,327 units in Week 21 (ending May 26).
Terminal dwell was down by less than one percent versus the prior week at 25.3 hours.
Versus the June 2017 average: down by 3.5%
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