Railroads report backlogged grain shipments

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2014 at 8:09 am •  Published: July 6, 2014
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Farm commodity rail shipments are running about a month behind in North Dakota.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has told BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific to submit plans to address backlogs in northern Plains states and begin filing weekly updates.

The companies filed their first updates last week.

BNSF Railway reported 4,942 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 32 days late. North Dakota had the most past-due rail cars followed by Montana, Minnesota, Washington and South Dakota.

BNSF promised in April to add more locomotives and crews in an effort to address the agriculture shipping delays.

Canadian Pacific's report does not include a specific number of past-due rail cars or average lateness. But the railroad estimated a backlog demand of 10,000 to 12,000 cars across its system.