SOURCE: BNSF Railway Company

October 26, 2006 15:30 ET

Wyoming Short-Line Railroad Receives BNSF Achievement Award

FORT WORTH, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2006 -- Riverton-based Big Horn Divide and Wyoming Railroad (BDW) has received a Short-Line Achievement Award from BNSF Railway Company. The award was presented to BDW representatives Cliff Root, president; Ed "Oscar" Kelsey, vice president; and Marvin Leonhardt, chief financial officer, by Pete Rickershauser, BNSF's vice president, Network Development, at BNSF's eleventh annual Short-Line Conference October 16 at Fort Worth.

"The Big Horn Divide and Wyoming Railroad's entrepreneurial spirit has allowed it to evolve and thrive as markets have shifted and new opportunities have presented themselves," said Rickershauser.

"Our success as a short line railroad is based on our employees and our relationship with BNSF," said Cliff Root, President of BDW. "By forging a cooperative relationship, we have been able to grow the business, serve our customers and bring additional value to the economy of central Wyoming. We appreciate our partnership with BNSF and BNSF's willingness to work with us to develop new opportunities. This recognition is very much appreciated by our customers and our employees."

BDW was created in 1985 and is the only operating shortline railroad in Wyoming. With trackage rights on 23 miles of BNSF Railway and 17 miles of its own track, including sidings and main line, BDW offers significant infrastructure. BDW's principal business is loading, servicing, and switching 5,000 sulfur cars annually for ConocoPhillips at Lost Cabin, Wyo. Utilizing E-Tools, BDW partners with BNSF to build unit trains and provide single car service.

Short-Line Achievement Awards also were presented to Northern Lines Railway of St. Cloud, Minn., and Red River Valley and Western Railroad of Wahpeton, N.D.

"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 about 17.5 percent of BNSF revenues. Of BNSF revenues attributed to shipments originating or terminating on short lines, 53 percent were Industrial Products commodities while 28 percent were Agricultural and related products.

"Short lines provide an 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 aggregate 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.

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