The BN Expediter – Back Issues 2017 – 2018

January 2017 – Volume 25 Number 1

The January 2017 (24 pages) issue contains:

  • Working on the BN, 1970-71 – an Oral History
    An interview with Paul Brittain who worked for the BN in its earliest days around Eola, Illinois. He shares his experiences of being hired, working as a switchman in the yard and on various way freights to Savannah and Streator, Illinois.
  • Before, Then and Now: Grand Island Crossing
    A photo record of BN’s crossing of the Union Pacific in Grand Island, Nebraska. Photos from before the new flyover, the year it was constructed, and now.
  • Reno Jct, May 1995
    A photo record of coal train action near Reno Jct, Wyoming, with Cascade green, Grinstein and Oakway power. The main was still 2 tracks, but was in the process of being expanded to 3.
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April 2017 – Volume 25 Number 2

The April 2017 (24 pages) issue contains:

  • Colorado Division Days: 1979-81
    David Burns, Division Superintendent of the Denver Division in 1979-81 recalls his experience. Includes a map of the rail lines in the division at the time and photos of Denver roundhouse area, Denver Union Station passenger tracks, the Hastings, Nebraska station, and various trains around the division.
  • Todays Railroad Scene: Denver and the Front Range of Colorado
    A short article about BNSF in the area. Includes an annotated map of the BNSF trackage and facilities in the Denver area and various photos of BNSF trains around the Front Range.
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July 2017 Volume 25 Number 3

The July 2017 (24 pages) issue contains:

  • Crew Haulers
    A personal story about working as a crew hauler for BNSF (and UP) in Texas.
  • Over the Top
    Photos of roof detail on a BN SD40-2.
  • Locomotive Chronicles 1989
    A short article about BN’s locomotive-related activities in 1989, including the first purchase of SD60Ms, BN’s extensive GP39M/E/V rebuild program, and units leaving the roster. Many pictures of relavant units are included.
  • BN’s SD60, SD60M and SD60MACs
    A long article, with photos, diagrams, data, and some example pages from an SD60M operators manual.
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October 2017 – Volume 25 Number 4

The October 2017 (24 pages) issue contains:

  • 2017 Convention Report
    A report on our 2017 convention in the Denver, Colorado area, with a few photos.
  • Cherokee Yard Expansion – Part 2
    An update on the on-going expansion of the Cherokee Yard in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a yard schematic and a few photos.
  • Transportation Department Days 1981-1982
    The next installment of Dave Burns’ articles about his experience in management on the BN, this time in the Transportation Department at BN’s headquarters in St. Paul.
  • Right of Way: ex-MILW, Terry, MT to Mobridge, SD
    A photo tour of the ex-Milwaukee Road trackage from Terry to Mobridge.
  • Tank Train:
    A photo sampler of 11 flatcars and loads from a military train passing through Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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January 2018 – Volume 26 Number 1

The January 2018 (24 pages) issue contains:

  • President’s Message (and FOBNR history)
    John Adams recalls the formation and 25 years of history of the FOBNR.
  • The BN Historian
    A 4-page reprint of what started it all, Volume 1 Number 1, put together by Dave Casdorph in 1991.
  • FOBNR Expands Covereage to Include the MRL
    A short article, with a few photos along Montana Rail Link trackage, explaining that the FOBNR is expanding its coverage to include the MRL.
  • Gary Olszewski Oral History Interview (part 1)
    Gary, a BN and BNSF employee from 1977 through 2015, tells his story of working as a hostler, fireman and engineer in the first of 2 parts. Includes a few historical photos.
  • Over the Top
    A short article with photos of the roof detail of a BN NW2 and SDP40.
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April 2018 – Volume 26 Number 2

The April 2018 (24 pages) issue contains:

  • The BN Historian
    A 4-page reprint the second issue, Volume 1 Number 2, put together by Dave Casdorph in 1991.
  • Right of Way: The West Chicago Industrial Track (Then and Now)
    A 4-page description of BNSF’s earliest right-of-way, now an industrial track, with photos of how it looks today versus how it looked in the early 1980’s.
  • Working the “Mails” to West Chicago
    A personal story of working the local switch jobs on the West Chicago line in the mid to late 1970’s.
  • Gary Olszewski Oral History Interview (part 2)
    Gary, a BN and BNSF employee from 1977 through 2015, tells his story of working as a hostler, fireman and engineer in the second of 2 parts. Includes a few historical photos.
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July 2018 – Volume 26 Number 3

The July 2018 (24 pages) issue contains:

  • The BN Historian
    An 8-page reprint the third issue, Volume 1 Number 3, put together by Dave Casdorph in 1991.
  • BN’s GP50’s
    A long article about BN’s process of acquiring, maintaining and eventually disposing of it fleet of GP50’s. Includes many photos, data, and a complete roster, including dispositions and units still on the BNSF roster.
  • BNSF Coal Trains on the MRL
    A short photo-montage of a few BNSF coal trains at various locations on the Montana Rail Link, including Logan, Plains, Austin, between Toston and Trident, and on Bozeman Pass.
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The October 2018 (24 pages) issue contains:

    • The BN Historian
      A 4-page reprint the fourth and last issue, Volume 1 Number 4, put together by Dave Casdorph in 1992.
    • Intermodal Days 1992-1992
      The next installment of Dave Burns’ articles about his experience in management on the BN, this time in the launching of BN’s Intermodal Business Unit (IBU) and the early days of intermodal shipping on the BN, including BN America and BN’s Expediter service.
    • BN’s City View Trailers
      Photos of all ten different city graphic designs that graced the sides of these unique trailers.
    • Over the Top
      Overhead views of BN’s C30-7 5500 and F45 6635 showing lots of roof details.
    • BN Speeder
      Four photos of restored ex-BN A4-D gang car #1209.
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