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BNSF expects train traffic to resume to typical levels in coming week

Missing something?

If it’s the sound of a train horn or the rumbling of coal cars moving along the BNSF Railway line, there’s a reason for that.

Recently, there have been fewer coal trains running through the Brainerd area because of customers’ scheduled facility maintenance, said Amy McBeth, BNSF spokeswoman.

McBeth said across the railroad industry in 2012, “coal volumes were lower due to decreased demand resulting from low natural gas prices and milder weather.”

But in Brainerd’s route in particular, McBeth said the scheduled maintenance was involved.

“The number of coal trains should increase to more typical levels in the coming week,” McBeth said.

Rail traffic fluctuates along with the economy and business segments.

“We have an average of about 10 trains total now in a 24-hour period on that route,” McBeth stated, adding that number has been pretty consistent during the last few years.

The railway manages its train counts on a six-month average, so the total count on a particular day may be up or down from the average.

In 2011, the train route averaged eight trains in 24 hours, BNSF reported. In 2010, the route had a reported average of 10 trains in a 24-hour period.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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