SOURCE: BNSF Railway Company

October 31, 2007 14:15 ET

Oregon Short-Line Railroad Receives BNSF Achievement Award

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - October 31, 2007) - Portland, Oregon-based Portland & Western Railroad (PNWR) has received a Short-Line Achievement Award from BNSF Railway Company. The award was presented to Bruce Carswell, president and general manager of PNWR and senior vice president, Oregon Region, of PNWR's parent Genesee & Wyoming Inc., by Pete Rickershauser, BNSF's vice president, Network Development, at BNSF's twelfth annual Short-Line Conference October 15 at Fort Worth.

"PNWR maintains an intense focus on safety and operational excellence," said Rickershauser. "This railroad faces a multitude of operations challenges, from urban areas adjacent to residential and commercial development to environmentally sensitive areas near the Columbia River. PNWR again and again has displayed a true degree of innovative marketing thinking."

Portland and Western and BNSF work very closely together," said Carswell. "Some of the recent successes we've had via that partnership include the establishment of a new through train service between Albany, Ore., and BNSF's main terminal in Vancouver, Wash. In addition, BNSF has worked with us to support the new Cascade Grain ethanol plant being constructed near Clatskanie, Oregon."

Nearly 200 PNWR employees operate a 514-mile regional system, providing quality railroad service to more than 140 customers in the Portland metropolitan area, the Willamette Valley, coastal Toledo, and along the lower Columbia River. Each year, PNWR moves more than 90,000 carloads of paper, steel, grain, forest products, chemicals, aggregates, fertilizers and consumer goods.

Short-Line Achievement Awards also were presented to Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad of Wichita, Kan., and Otter Tail Valley Railroad of Fergus Falls, Minn.

"These outstanding short lines typify the kind of relationship that exists between BNSF and our short lines and that works to the ultimate benefit of all our customers," said Rickershauser. "These awards recognize especially the resourcefulness and achievements of three short lines that have gone beyond our expectations through innovation, determination and hard work to build new business for our railroads and new service products for our shared customers."

BNSF connects with nearly 200 short lines, regional carriers and switch carriers. They operate almost 19,000 miles of track. Through August of this year, BNSF shipments that originated or terminated on short lines accounted for about 18.5 percent of BNSF revenues. Of BNSF revenues attributed to shipments originating or terminating on short lines, 56 percent were Industrial Products commodities while 27 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 bring new customers and new products to the rail network, 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-sulfur 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.

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