Greg Guthrie, BNSF’s Director of Marketing for Agriculture Products, recently appeared on the Washington Grain Commission’s “Wheat All About It” podcast. Guthrie discussed the evolution of grain transportation over the years, and how BNSF increased holding capacity without increasing train size.

BNSF has evolved alongside the agriculture industry. For example, Guthrie said commodity-sized grain shipments have gone from diligently tilting box cars on large platforms to empty loads to today’s highly sophisticated 110-car unit trains that can load or unload in less than 10 hours. As the agriculture industry increased production, BNSF has moved from shipping single boxcars of grain to 26-car hopper units, to 52, to the current total of 110 grain hopper units in a single haul. Listen to the podcast: