BNSF Railway

March 02, 2009 12:00 ET

BNSF Crews to Replace 60,000 Ties in Kansas and Missouri

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - Beginning this month, BNSF Railway Company will begin replacing more than 60,000 railroad ties and 11.5 track miles of rail between Fort Scott, Kan., and Springfield, Mo., at an estimated cost of $9 million.

"Expanding and maintaining our infrastructure not only allows us to provide customers with efficient and reliable rail service but it also benefits the overall efficiency of America's supply chain," said Dave Freeman, BNSF vice president, Engineering.

Approximately 150 BNSF employees will work until mid-April on the Fort Scott subdivision. Crews will utilize equipment such as cranes, welders and ballast tampers to replace rail at a rate of almost one mile a day. Materials replaced on the rail line will be reused or recycled in keeping with BNSF's environmental stewardship policies.

BNSF currently expects to spend about $2 billion this year to keep the railway's infrastructure strong by refreshing track, signal systems, structures, freight cars, and upgrading technologies.

About BNSF

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE: BNI), BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest North American rail networks, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is among the world's top transporters of intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other American railroad, carries 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 is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at

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