Buffett’s 167-Year-Old Railroad Tests Skies for the Drone Age

August 29, 2016 11:23 PM

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Buffett’s 167-Year-Old Railroad Tests Skies for the Drone Age

Before some cutting-edge online retailer can use a drone to drop granola bars on your doorstep, a railroad born when Abe Lincoln was in Congress will first have to iron out the kinks.

BNSF Railway Co. is flying drones as far as 150 miles (240 kilometers) along the New Mexico desert to inspect tracks, helping the Federal Aviation Administration develop rules for operating unmanned aircraft beyond the pilot’s line of sight. That’s an essential step for expanding use to such commerc...

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