BNSF Railway freight cars derail in Texas

The Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas — Authorities say 22 freight cars derailed in southeast Texas and caused a brief evacuation after a nonhazardous substance leaked. No injuries were reported. Joe Faust, a spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, says it’s not immediately clear what caused the Houston-bound train to derail Thursday morning in Santa […]

Eastern New Mexico beats Chicago for windy days

By Ryn Gargulinski: Guest columnist Whomever dubbed Chicago the “Windy City” had it all wrong. That nickname should have been reserved for Clovis, and other eastern New Mexico places with equally windswept plains, where someone once told me the wind whips so hard it blows over freight trains. (I believed them for months and refused […]

Railway’s profits surge

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Three Burlington Northern Santa Fe engines head west toward Clovis as the approach the Prince Street overpass Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Burlington Northern Santa Fe profits surged in the last three months due to a strong demand for freight shipping brought on by inflated fuel prices, heightened […]

Steam locomotives helped build Clovis

By Don McAlavy Hear that lonesome whistle sound As it passes through the night. It’s the old Santa Fe freight train As it rumbles out of sight. Back around 1971, I wrote this piece about the steam locomotives leaving Clovis for good. I never published it until now. I wasn’t an historian then, but felt […]

One killed in car-train crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales woman who drove around barricades and “road closed” signs was killed by a freight train on Tuesday night after her vehicle became stuck on railroad tracks near Melrose, police said. Amanda Tenorio, 21, had been visiting family in Moriarty and was returning to her home in Portales when the […]