[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 17 (Tuesday, January 27, 1998)]
[Page 3944]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-1910]



Surface Transportation Board
[STB Finance Docket No. 33539]

The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company--Trackage 
Rights Exemption--Southern Pacific Transportation Company

    Southern Pacific Transportation Company (SPT) has agreed to grant 
overhead trackage rights to The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe 
Railway Company (BNSF) over SPT's line between Caldwell, TX, in the 
vicinity of SPT's Ennis Subdivision milepost 30.8, and Placedo, TX, in 
the vicinity of SPT's Victoria Subdivision milepost 14.2, a distance of 
approximately 152.7 miles.1

    \1\ The trackage rights are limited to southbound movements and 
are provided solely to facilitate directional operations between 
Houston, TX, and Placedo. In addition, the trackage rights will 
continue only so long as SPT continues to operate directionally 
between Houston and Placedo.

    The transaction was scheduled to be consummated on January 19, 
1998. The purpose of the trackage rights is improve the operating 
efficiencies of SPT and BNSF.
    As a condition to this exemption, any employees affected by the 
trackage rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk 
and Western Ry. Co.--Trackage Rights--BN, 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as 
modified in Mendocino Coast Ry., Inc.--Lease and Operate, 360 I.C.C. 
653 (1980).
    This notice is filed under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(7). If it contains 
false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. 
Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed 
at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically 
stay the transaction.
    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB 
Finance Docket No. 33539, must be filed with the Surface Transportation 
Board, Office of the Secretary, Case Control Unit, 1925 K Street, N.W., 
Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be 
served on Michael E. Roper, Esq., The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe 
Railway Company, 3017 Lou Menk Drive, P.O. Box 961039, Fort Worth, TX 

    Decided: January 20, 1998.

    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of 
Vernon A. Williams,
[FR Doc. 98-1910 Filed 1-26-98; 8:45 am]