Old 06-23-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Exclamation BNSF Northern Transcon Flooding

For those wondering, BNSF has officially taken the Minot, ND, terminal out of service due to the Souris river flooding. A report states that a contract has been signed with MRL to run 30-34 trains across their system per day. Apparently the trains will run across MRL then through Glendive, Dickinson, and Bismarck to rejoin the transcon at Casselton, ND (for those who don't know, ~25 miles west of Fargo).

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There is a nuclear power plant that apparently is melting down somewhere in Nebraska too
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Does the reroute over MRL include the Empire Builder?

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There is a nuclear power plant that apparently is melting down somewhere in Nebraska too
Or not.

http://columbustelegram.com/news/loc...cc4c03286.html

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And everything was under control in Japan, Chernobyl and 3 mile island too
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Does the reroute over MRL include the Empire Builder?

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No; the Builder is running as two stub trains, one Seattle-Havre and the other Chicago-Fargo. The detours over MRL will add about a dozen extra trains/day to the line over current demand.
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And everything was under control in Japan, Chernobyl and 3 mile island too
Actually, unlike Japan and Chernobyl, things were actually pretty well controlled at TMI.

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Actually, unlike Japan and Chernobyl, things were actually pretty well controlled at TMI.

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You are right, they were, but they tried to cover it up. That is what I was getting at.
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Now reportedly it wasn't actually taken out at the time I originally posted. It was officially closed around 10:45 this morning.

Just to show how haywire things got, they took the CTC out of service yesterday apparently, and then they couldn't figure out how to run a train through. Then they apparently remembered to use track-in-time.

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Well, they started running some westbounds through at walking speed, but a Murdock (MN) to Tacoma unit grain just put ten cars on the ground east of Havre. Fun times.
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