BNSF crude oil trains meet at Galesburg, Ill., on Aug. 31, 2014. BNSF and other railroads have struggled to keep up with freight shipments, including record grain volumes and a growing amount of crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region. Federal regulators and lawmakers are monitoring the railroads' performance, while the industry is buying new locomotives, laying new track and hiring new employees to meet the increased demand. (Curtis Tate/McClatchy)
BNSF crude oil trains meet at Galesburg, Ill., on Aug. 31, 2014. BNSF and other railroads have struggled to keep up with freight shipments, including record grain volumes and a growing amount of crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region. Federal regulators and lawmakers are monitoring the railroads' performance, while the industry is buying new locomotives, laying new track and hiring new employees to meet the increased demand. (Curtis Tate/McClatchy) McClatchy
BNSF crude oil trains meet at Galesburg, Ill., on Aug. 31, 2014. BNSF and other railroads have struggled to keep up with freight shipments, including record grain volumes and a growing amount of crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region. Federal regulators and lawmakers are monitoring the railroads' performance, while the industry is buying new locomotives, laying new track and hiring new employees to meet the increased demand. (Curtis Tate/McClatchy) McClatchy

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