July 29, 2014 | The Jamestown Sun | FARGO — Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway reported 3,908 past-due agricultural rail cars as of July 17, down about 14 percent from the previous week’s 4,561. The past-due single-car orders were an average of 26.6 days late, compared with 30.2 days the previous week.
BNSF, in a weekly report ordered by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, noted that the number of cars 60 days past due is large mainly because of extensive rain and rail bed degradation in branch lines near Westhope and Rolla, in North Dakota, and Scobey, Mont. The three subdivisions were out of service for periods equaling two months since late spring and early summer, but the company now has returned them to service.