Thursday morning briefing: Record BNSF train

Welcome. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.

Long RR crossing wait

BNSF says it set a new train length record from southern California to Clovis.

It happened July 10.

A 12,000-foot train — that’s 458 cars plus seven locomotives — delivered 11,256 tons to BNSF docking facilities in Clovis.

The train traveled 1,151 miles.

All the details:

http://www.bnsf.com/employees/communications/bnsf_today/2009/08/2009-08-13-c.html

The big one

The BCS Championship Game: Texas and Alabama 6 p.m. on ABC.

Question of the day

When a new year comes, what’s the first day you circle?

Valentine’s Day?

Tax day?

Opening day of spring training?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

This day in history

On this day in 1789, America’s first presidential election is held.

Voters cast ballots to choose state electors; only white men who owned property were allowed to vote.

As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789.

For the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=VideoArticle&id=52317

Weather

Today — Brrrr…partly cloudy with isolated snow showers. Highs in the mid to upper 20s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight — Electric blanket weather. Lows 5 to 15.