Execs on whistle-stop tour along Amtrak route

(KSNT News File Photo)
(KSNT News File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Top executives with Amtrak and Burlington Northern Santa Fe are on a whistle-stop tour on the railroad’s Southwest Chief Friday.

It pulled into the Amtrak station in downtown Topeka Friday morning.  Efforts are being made to preserve the Southwest Chief’s current route between Newton, Kansas and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The route is in jeopardy due to age and deterioration of the track in western Kansas.

BNSF owns the track and needs to upgrade it for its freight trains.  Executives with both BNSF and Amtrak are on the trip Friday, making stops along the route to talk with local leaders about needed funding to keep its current route.

Amtrak hopes to split any track repair costs with BNSF state governments in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.

Amtrak’s current agreement with BNSF expires in two years.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s