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North Dakota Short-Line Railroad Receives BNSF Achievement Award

October 26, 2006

Wahpeton, North Dakota-based Red River Valley and Western Railroad (RRVW) has received a Short-Line Achievement Award from BNSF Railway Company. The award was presented to RRVW representatives Bill Drusch, chief executive officer, and Sharon Trudell, vice president of marketing, by Pete Rickershauser, BNSF’s vice president, Network Development, at BNSF’s eleventh annual Short-Line Conference October 16 at Fort Worth.

“RRVW has invested in track, equipment and service; and has grown its business consistently over its 19-year history,” said Rickershauser. Rickershauser noted that RRVW has played a leadership role in developing strategically located grain shuttle facilities that have increased traffic volumes and the portion of agricultural products moving by rail.

“All of us at Red River Valley & Western Railroad are extremely proud and honored to have been selected by our partner, BNSF for this prestigious award,” said Trudell. “Our success is based on three things: our dedicated employees, our loyal customers and our partnership with BNSF. It is this cooperative effort that has led to the success of Red River Valley & Western Railroad. We owe them all a world of thanks.”

RRVW began operations in 1987 and currently owns and operates 517 route miles of track. It handles more than 45,000 carloads annually, which is more than double the volume at start up. This increase is attributed in part to the railroad’s more frequent service, the addition of local markets, and development of modern grain shuttle loading facilities. RRVW’s ongoing effort to find new and expanded markets for customers has also helped bring new business to the railroad. RRVW presently serves more than 60 customers, including 6 grain shuttle facilities and 35 grain elevators.

Short-Line Achievement Awards also were presented to Big Horn Divide and Wyoming Railroad of Riverton, Wyoming, and Northern Lines Railway of St. Cloud, Minnesota.

“All of our short line connections have played a role in our joint success in 2006,” said Rickershauser. “These awards recognize the resourcefulness and achievements of three short lines that have gone beyond our expectations through innovation, determination and hard work.”

BNSF connects with more than 200 short lines, regional carriers and switch carriers. They operate almost 19,000 miles of track. Through September of this year, BNSF shipments that originated or terminated on short lines accounted for 17.5 percent of BNSF revenues. Of BNSF revenues attributed to shipments originating or terminating on short lines, 48 percent were Industrial Products commodities while 24 percent were Agricultural and related products.

“Short lines provide intense customer focus, resourcefulness, operational flexibility, and a local presence in their communities,” said Rickershauser. “We see their role expanding in the future as they do more gathering and distribution, and assemble blocks of cars for integration with BNSF’s network of main-line trains.”

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE: BNI), BNSF Railway operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. The railway is among the world’s top transporters of intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other American railroad, transports the components of many of the products we depend on daily, and hauls enough low-sulphur coal to generate about ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States. BNSF Railway is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at www.bnsf.com.

 Contact: Patrick Hiatte (817) 867-6418  

SOURCE: BNSF Railway Company




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