BNSF Railway’s Engineering department said it placed nearly five miles of new double-track in to service between Washougal and Mt. Pleasant, Washington on the Fallbridge Subdivision last week. That work marks the conclusion of BNSF’s planned capital expenditures for 2018.
According to a letter to customers, BNSF crews also recently finished work on a new connection at Dobbin, Texas between railroad’s Houston and Conroe Subdivisions. Other major expansion projects this year included construction on the Southern Transcon of approximately 10 miles of new triple track between Belen and Dalies in New Mexico as well as more than five miles of new fourth main line in Amarillo.
The Class 1, based in Ft. Worth, Texas, noted that “capital gangs also replaced more than 500 miles of rail, installed 2.8 million new rail ties and surfaced nearly 5,000 miles of track,” in 2018. BNSF’s planned capex spending for the year was set at $3.3 billion.