Source: NCBFAA | August 22, 2016, 7:32AM EDT
Last week the San Bernardino, CA Blue Cut Fire severely hampered train and truck traffic out of the ports of Los Angeles
and Long Beach. BNSF Railway provided the following statement:
BNSF resumed operations on our Cajon Subdivision, which runs between San Bernardino and Barstow, California. The
ongoing wildfire situation has limited service to two of our three main line tracks through this area with additional safety
measures, including speed restrictions, in place. BNSF crews continue to inspect and evaluate our third main line track,
and we hope to have all three main lines in full operation as soon as possible.
While trains are moving again through the Cajon Pass, the 30 hour service outage has created a substantial backlog of
traffic that will take time to clear. Customers may experience delays of 36 to 48 hours on shipments moving through this
BNSF was made aware of the fire and immediately deployed water trucks to assist emergency personnel. The water
trucks were used to water down our infrastructure including our railroad ties and bridges. As a result of this effort and that
of fire personnel, our infrastructure had minimal damage.