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March 15, 2019 | Railway Age
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BNSF Testing Double-Length Grain Trains

Company is experimenting with combining two empty unit grain trains into one

BNSF is experimenting with the process of combining two empty unit grain trains into one and sending the double-length train east out of Auburn, WA, over Stampede Pass.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas told Railway Age, “We ran a test 14,000-foot (2.65-mile) train yesterday on Stampede to Hauser, ID. 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. 

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