The BN Expediter – Back Issues: 1993 – 2000

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January 1993 – Volume 1 Number 1

The January 1993 issue (8 pages) contains:

  • Passenger Service on the BN (Part 1):
    A comprehensive article about all BN passenger
    trains beginning on March 3, 1970 and ending on
    April 30, 1971 (no photos).

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April 1993 – Volume 1 Number 2

The April 1993 issue (12 pages) contains:

  • Passenger Service on the BN (Part 2):
    A comprehensive article about all BN passenger
    trains beginning on March 3, 1970 and ending on
    April 30, 1971 (with a few photos).
  • Operating and Maintenance Function Reorganization:
    a listing of the new cooridor/division/subdivision
    organization on January 1, 1993.

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July 1993 – Volume 1 Number 3

The July 1993 issue (12 pages) contains:

  • A Medley of BN Company Service Equipment:
    photos and info about twelve odd pieces of equipment,
    including a weed sprayer, tool and supply cars,
    kitchen, dining and personnel cars, scale test and
    water cars, and snowplows.
  • Passenger Service on the BN (Part 3):
    a comprehensive article about all BN passenger
    trains beginning on March 3, 1970 and ending on
    April 30, 1971 (with a few photos).

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October 1993 – Volume 1 Number 4

The October 1993 issue (12 pages) contains:

  • The BN Fuel Tender Story:
    a long article about the vision and implementation of
    BN fuel tenders (with photos).
  • The Galesburg Convention:
    a recount of the activities of the FOBNR’s first
    convention (with photos).

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January 1994 – Volume 2 Number 1

The January 1994 issue (16 pages) contains:

  • BN’s “City Scene” Trailers and Containers:
    a short article with all trailer numberings (with photos).
  • BN Operation of South Dakota’s ex-Milwaukee Road Trackage:
    a long article (with maps, timetables and photos).
  • Saunders, Wisconsin:
    a short article about operations at the junction
    (with map and photos).

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April 1994 – Volume 2 Number 2

The April 1994 issue (16 pages) contains:

  • Breezy Point and BN’s Horseshoe Curves in Nebraska:
    an article about Crawford Hill (with map and photos).
  • Wishram Washington:
    an article about action at Wishram (with map, photos,
    timetables and train information).
  • The SD70MAC Makes its Debut:
    a short article about the delivery of the first SD70MACs.
  • Weather Woes:
    photos and information about snow related issues,
    including a snow jet.

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July 1994 – Volume 2 Number 3

The July 1994 issue (16 pages) contains:

  • The Hill Lines Become the Green Giant:
    a short history of the evolution of the BN
    from 1896 to 1970.
  • A Summer of Change:
    1993 Taconite operations on the BN (with map and photos).
  • The story behind the BN Logo:
    a short article on the development and acceptance
    and evolution of the BN logo.
  • BN’s New Radio Frequencies:
    an almost complete list of radio frequencies assigned to
    main-line routes across the system as of January, 1994.

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October 1994 – Volume 2 Number 4

The October 1994 issue (16 pages) contains:

  • BN Locomotive Chronicles: 1970:
    an article about locomotive activities during 1970,
    including renumberings, repaintings, new acquisitions
    and retirements (with photos).
  • Trinidad Loop, One of BN’s Hidden Hot Spots:
    a short article about the loop in Eastern Washington
    (with map and photos).
  • BN and Santa Fe Propose Merger:
    a short article about the details of the proposal.

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January 1995 – Volume 3 Number 1

The January 1995 issue (16 pages) contains:

  • Snowplow activity in North Dakota:
    use of rotary snowplows during the winters of 92/93
    and 93/94 (with photos).
  • BNFE 3 and BN’s CO2 Cooled Reefers:
    information about the history and specifications of BNFE 3
    versus BN’s 751000 series refrigerator cars (with diagram
    and photos).
  • BN East End Traffic Summary:
    a complete listing of all trains running on Chicago-Aurora
    triple-track mainline (except commuters).
  • 24 Hours on BN’s East End:
    A record of every train passing milepost 27 between 6am
    on August 12th through 6am on August 13, 1994 (time,
    locomotive numbers, train number).

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April 1995 – Volume 3 Number 2

The April 1995 issue (16 pages) contains:

  • Locomotive Chronicles 1971:
    a long article about BN’s locomotive activites during
    1971, including acquisitions and dispositions (with photos).
  • BN’s Aluminum Covered Hoppers:
    an article about the development and acquisition of
    a new design (with photos).

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July 1995 – Volume 3 Number 3

The July 1995 issue (16 pages) contains:

  • North Portland Jct:
    action at a busy junction (with maps and photos).
  • BN’s Beth-Combo Cars:
    a long article about a combined box/hopper car
    (with photos and data).
  • BN/SF Merger Update:
    up-to-date information on agreements made with other
    railroads and ports in order to remove opposition.

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October 1995 – Volume 3 Number 4

The October 1995 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Locomotive Chronicles 1972:
    locomotive activity during 1972 including acquisitions
    and dispositions (with photos).
  • BNA 99:
    BN’s technical training car (with photos).
  • BN Freight Car Deliveries: 1994:
    a short article about BN’s freight car acquisitions
    (with photos and data)

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January 1996 – Volume 4 Number 1

The January 1996 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Steam Heat: The Story of BN’s ex-F Unit Heater Cars:
    a short article on the conversions (with data, diagrams and
    photos).
  • Seattle Terminal Complex:
    a short article, with a complete list of trains into and
    out of Seattle area terminals (with photos).
  • Interbay Locomotive Shops:
    history and current operation of the shops (with photos).
  • Interbay Car Shops:
    a short article about current operations.
  • Ballard Draw Bridge:
    the history of the bridge (with photo).

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April 1996 – Volume 4 Number 2

The April 1996 (color) issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Locomotive Chronicles 1973:
    activities, acquisitions, dispositions (with photos).
  • BN’s Aurora Subdivision: The C&I:
    current operations (with maps, timetable and photos).
  • BNSF System Map, with plans for merged operations at
    many locations.

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July 1996 – Volume 4 Number 3

The July 1996 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • BN’s Secondhand Freight Car Fleet: A 1980-1996 Overview:
    a short article with data and lots of photos.
  • The B9 Track Geometry Car:
    a short article with photo.
  • Northern Star ALl-Composite Box Car:
    the development and details of this experimental prototype
    (with data and photos).
  • BN Tool House – Motor Car House at Hillsbora, ND:
    a short article, with photo and scale drawing.

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October 1996 – Volume 4 Number 4

The October 1996 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • BN Locomotive Chronicles: 1974:
    activities, acquisitions, dispostions (with photos).
  • Building a BN GP10 in N Scale:
    how-to, with photo and list of materials.
  • The New Connection at Cameron:
    a description of the new tracks connecting the ex-BN
    and ex-SF mainlines near Galesburg, IL (with map and photos).
  • BN Freight Car Deliveries: 1995:
    a summary of new freight cars (with data and photos).

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January 1997 – Volume 5 Number 1

The January 1997 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Air Repearter Cars:
    Information and photos.
  • 1994 BN Train Manifest:
    diagrams of all BN intermodal and manifest trains.
  • Going into the Hole:
    a short article about the process of getting into
    and out of a siding in Track Warrant Control (TWC) territory.

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April 1997 – Volume 5 Number 2

The April 1997 color issue (20 pages) contains:

  • BN Locomotive Chronicles: 1975:
    activities, acquisitions and dispositions (with photos).
  • Mr. Thomas K. Lee, 1996 Convention Speaker: Remarks and Q/A
  • Merchandise Routings Shift from Former GN to Former NP:
    a short article about operational changes (with photos).

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July 1997 – Volume 5 Number 3

The July 1997 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • The Amber Subdivision and The Hinckley Local:
    a description of the entire Minnesota subdivision and the local
    train that operates on it (with maps, timetable and photos).
  • Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake Development on the BN and BNSF:
    technology, operation and installed equipment (with diagrams, charts and photos).
  • BN’s ACF Cylindricals:
    description and roster of cylindrical center flow covered hoppers
    (with diagrams and photos).
  • The Stryker, Montana Log Loading Station:
    a short article on the layout and use (with photos and map).

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October 1997 – Volume 5 Number 4

The October 1997 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • BN Locomotive Chronicles: 1976:
    activities, acquisitions and dispositions (with photos).
  • Mechanical Reefer BNFE 180311:
    a short article about one of a common car series
    (with data and photo).
  • BN Freight Car Deliveries: 1996:
    new and rebuilds (with data and photos).
  • BN Route Density Map:
    expected gross tons per mile in 1998.
  • Three-Letter Origin/Destination Codes:
    a complete list.
  • The Havre Diesel Shop in 1984:
    a status report, with many statistics.

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January 1998 – Volume 6 Number 1

The January 1998 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • BN’s Electric Trailers:
    short article about ex-NP slugs (with data and photos).
  • BNSF 511824-511965 GBSR Gondolas:
    a short article about these ex-BN gons (with photos).
  • BN Extended Cab GP50’s 3158-3162 in HO scale:
    how to extend the cab (with material list and photos).
  • A Potpourri of Snow Fighting Equipment:
    photos and info about various snowdozers, spreaders and
    a Bros snowblower.
  • M-of-W Flat Car Loads:
    panel track, a rail grinder and a camp car on flat cars
    (with photos and info).

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April 1998 – Volume 6 Number 2

The April 1998 color issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Locomotive Chronicles: 1977:
    activities, acquisitions and dispostions, including a list
    list of the last unit of each pre-merger color scheme to
    go green (with photos).
  • The Floods of ’97 and the Repairs at Mud Lake, SD:
    an description of the damage and repairs (with photos).
  • The Flashing White Signals East of Laclede:
    a long article about a mysterious signal on the Newport
    subdivision (with timetable, map and photos).
  • The end of the Second Subdivision:
    a long article on the history, operation, and demise of
    the Camas Prairie Railroad (with photos).

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July 1998 – Volume 6 Number 3

The July 1998 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Mr. Joe Conklin, 1997 Convention Speaker, Remarks and Q/a:
    transcript of his talk and questions and answers.
  • Photographing Marias Pass:
    tips on when and where to get the best shots (with photos).
  • BN’s Scale Test Cars:
    operation of BN’s fleet of this non-revenue equipment
    (with complete list and photos).

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October 1998 – Volume 6 Number 4

 

The October 1998 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Bonanza at Powder River 1971:
    a long article on BN operations during 1971
    (not just coal), including a listing of all time freights.
  • BN Locomotive Chronicles: 1978:
    activities, acquisitions and dispositions (with photos).
  • The BNA6 Executive Car Yakima River -> Missouri River:
    a short article on this car (with photos).
  • BN Freight Car Deliveries: 1997:
    a summary of all new freight cars (with data and photos).
  • A Bibliography of BN and BNSF Books and Articles:
    an extensive listing of books and articles published about
    the BN and BNSF up to 1998.

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January 1999 – Volume 7 Number 1

The January 1999 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • BN’s Chicago Commuter Operations:
    history and current operations, including the end of
    the E-units and the arrival of the F40PHM-2’s (with photos).

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April 1999 – Volume 7 Number 2

The April 1999 color issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Train Meet at Broomfield:
    history and operations around Broomfield, CO (with photos).
  • BN Locomotive Chronicles: 1979:
    activities, acquisitions and dispositions (with photos).

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July 1999 – Volume 7 Number 3

The July 1999 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Can I Inspire Your Interest in Signalling? (Part I):
    a long article about the ins and outs of BN/BNSF signals
    (with photos).

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October 1999 – Volume 7 Number 4

The October 1999 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Can I Inspire Your Interest in Signalling? (Part II):
    continuation of last issue’s article (with photos).

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January 2000 – Volume 8 Number 1

The January 2000 issue (16 pages) contains:

  • BNSF and CN announce merger:
    a short article on the proposed merger.
  • BN Locomotive Chronicles: 1980:
    activities, acquisitions and dispositions (with photos).
  • Train Symbol Conversion Chart:
    BN train numbers to BNSF 6-letter symbols.

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April 2000 – Volume 8 Number 2

The April 2000 color issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Hot Spots:
    a extensive review of all the great train-watching spots
    in and around the twin cities (with maps, timetables and photos)

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July 2000 – Volume 8 Number 3

The July 2000 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • Can I Inspire Your Interest In Signaling? (Part III):
    pictures and discussion of signals around the system.
  • Along the Line:
    Photos and captions of interesting rail activity around
    the system.

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October 2000 – Volume 8 Number 4

The October 2000 issue (20 pages) contains:

  • The Boeing 737 Railcar Program:
    discussion of equipment and procedures for moving
    737 fuselages from Kansas to Washington (with diagrams
    and photos).
  • BNSF Frieght Car Deliveries: 1999:
    discussion of the year’s new frieght cars
    (with data and photos).

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