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2/28/2003



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Foreman earns BNSF Achievement Award for helping crews deal with frigid temperatures


Road Foreman Randy Wolff recently received the BNSF Achievement Award for conducting winter preparedness seminars in Montana for more than a decade.


Wolff began presenting the four-hour "Cold Weather Unusual Events" seminars in 1991 after several Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains derailed in 1988 and 1989 because of frigid temperatures.


Designed to help crews properly handle trains in the cold, the seminars review how to stop a train on a mountain grade when ice accumulates on the wheels and brake rigging, proper ways to use an emergency radio and 911 systems, and how to deal with hypothermia and respond to avalanches.


Each October, about 100 Montana Division engineers and conductors attend the seminars in Havre and Whitefish, Mont. In November, Wolff also conducts a session in Fort Worth, Texas, that's tailored to dispatchers.


"Randy is regarded as an expert resource for division and system personnel on distributed-power trains and mountain-grade operations," said David Boen, BNSF superintendent of operations, Havre, in a prepared statement. "He is truly an expert in his field and is looked up to by his peers."












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