Berkshire-owned BNSF Railway (BRK.A, BRK.B), one of the biggest U.S. consumers of diesel fuel,...

Berkshire-owned BNSF Railway (BRK.A, BRK.B), one of the biggest U.S. consumers of diesel fuel, plans this year to test using natural gas to power its locomotives. If successful, the experiment could weaken oil's dominance as a transportation fuel and provide a new outlet for the glut of cheap natural gas in North America.

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  • pilot fish
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    WPRT is a position of mine and this could be good for us.....any thoughts?
    5 Mar 2013, 07:03 PM Reply Like
  • tealone
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    I agree, "it's" already on the way. Just going to take a bit more from CLNE for more infrastructure. I own both CLNE and WPRT, and will hang on regardless of the nay-sayers. I want to buy into BNSF but don't know where Buffet puts it, BRK.A or BRK.B? Either way, it won't be too many shares, but BNSF will definitely help make a profit for which ever one it's in.
    5 Mar 2013, 10:14 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    (WPRT) is low right now.


    But I wonder why they don't try biodesiel.
    5 Mar 2013, 11:40 PM Reply Like
  • physdude
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    BRK.A and BRK.B are financially equivalent so both hold the same % of BNSF. BRK.A gives you more voting power but that is unlikely to be important for the next few years at least.
    6 Mar 2013, 12:27 AM Reply Like
  • rcnuts
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    This is great news, but why has it taken so long?? With all the nat gas in this country, you'd think our "business savvy" govt would be putting billions into nat gas infrastructure to capitalize on this resource. Maybe the fed should be doing more of that instead of pumping up the markets. BTW, the business savvy govt line was sarcasm, I think
    they're idiots.
    5 Mar 2013, 07:36 PM Reply Like
  • tealone
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    Can someone help me out? If I wanted to get my money "into" BNSF, because I do believe that it will play a big midstream role in the natgas "revolution" , which BRK do I want to weight-in on, "A" or "B", or both. May sound like a stupid question, but I'm relatively new (and stupid, I guess). I did Google Berkshire Hathaway (inside and out) but still haven't be able to find the answer. I don't have the money Buffet has, so it's hard to buy a couple of hundred shares of "either one". Any help out there?
    5 Mar 2013, 10:08 PM Reply Like
  • Dan Naumov
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    Either .A or .B will do.
    5 Mar 2013, 10:19 PM Reply Like
  • lobachevsky
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    BRKB closed today (March 5) at $102.66. It has exactly the same economic value as 1500 shares of BRKA. So you can buy, e.g., 10 shares of BRKB for a little over $1,000. I don't think you are ready to buy one share of BRKA for about $154,000.


    To educate yourself regarding Berkshire Hathaway, go to the website, There you can get and print out the entire 2012 annual report (over 100 pages). All you need to read to get started understanding a uniquely great company are;


    Owner's Manual;
    Warren Buffett's Letters ... (including the latest);
    Comparative Rights... of Class A and Class B Stock


    Seeking Alpha often has good articles about BRK.


    Don't pay much attention to the large numbers of ill-informed, sometimes hate-mongering trolls who think we should read their comments. Fortunately Seeking Alpha is much less used as a dummies' graffiti board than the Wall Street Journal or
    6 Mar 2013, 12:58 AM Reply Like
  • tealone
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    I appreciate the feedback, I learn a lot from the serious comments on Seeking Alpha articles. The Berkshire Hathaway website was just what I was looking for, I should have known , instead I search BNSF and didn't get any where.


    Anyway, thanks to all who helped me out on BRK.A vs. BRK.B. and BNSF!
    1 Apr 2013, 05:23 PM Reply Like
  • bibol11
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    I worked for the BNSF. This would be huge cost. Not only in their terminals. Throughout all these towns in the system. As of 2009 they had almost 7000 locomotives. To change over they would need two systems of refueling for years.
    5 Mar 2013, 10:34 PM Reply Like
  • River18
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    Why refuel????
    All you need is two or three LNG wagons behind the locomotive, just like when they used to tow a coal wagon for the old steam engine locomotives. Get rid of more union fuelers every other depot.
    6 Mar 2013, 09:54 AM Reply Like
  • bibol11
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    Apparently they could this with diesel fuel. It is too dangerous. LNG tanks. What an explosion with LNG.
    7 Mar 2013, 11:57 PM Reply Like
  • Iceman64
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    Brk.a and Brk.b are equal owners of all holdings. They are always at 1500:1 in their relationship
    5 Mar 2013, 11:46 PM Reply Like
  • torvman
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    This news will Make Boone Pickins happy. He has been pushing for natural as a viable transportation fuel for several years.
    6 Mar 2013, 02:35 AM Reply Like
  • Micah
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    You can see the flaring of well heads in the Bakken from space. This is complete waste of Nat Gas.


    If BNSF can get this energy into locomotives to transport Bakken crude, it will be a huge win for everyone.
    6 Mar 2013, 07:11 AM Reply Like
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