A reader sent this along. It has to do with BNSF’s previously reported interest in electric motive power. Railway Age has been following the story.
Electrification evaluation expands
BNSF would allow electric transmission line companies to use rights-of-way like its Transcon, for example, to send electricity from massive wind farms to major population centers in exchange for drawing low-cost power for electric locomotives. The concept has taken on additional importance with the Obama Administrations emphasis on developing high speed passenger rail corridors and cleaner forms of energy like wind, hydro-electric, and solar.
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