BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety / NorthwestCitizen, John Servais

A coal train of over 100 loaded rail cars going north above Clayton Beach on Bellingham Bay with dangerous erosion on 40 foot bluff supporting rails.

Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 8:17 pm  //  John Servais

The coal train in the photo above is heading north along Bellingham Bay just above Clayton Beach.

Notice how it  seems to overhang the sandy bluff?  That is because the bluff has been eroding toward the track and is now within a couple feet of the track ballast, as can be seen in photos below this article.

These photos show the erosion of the 40 foot bluff that supports the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad tracks about five miles south of Bellingham.  The bluff is entirely made of sand laid down by natural geologic processes and is gradually eroding. […]

Read John’s complete article on NorthwestCitizen here.

5 thoughts on “BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety / NorthwestCitizen, John Servais

  1. “we invested about $5.8 billion during the year in capitol expenditures, a sum far and away the record for any American railroad and nearly three times our annual depreciation charge. It was money well spent…When you hear talk about Americas crumbling infrastructure, rest assured that there not talking about Berkshire…I told you earlier about BNSF’s record capital expenditures in 2015. At the end of every year, our railroad’s physical facilities will be improved from those existing twelve months earlier…It’s an election year, and candidates can’t stop speaking about out country’s problems (which, of course, only they can solve). As a result of this negative drumbeat, many Americans now believe that their children will not live as well as they themselves do. That view is dead wrong: The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history…”

    Warren Buffett
    Chairman of the Board
    Feb 27, 2016

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