BNSF Hosts an Idaho Safety Training

BNSF and its contractors hosted north Idaho first responders in September to conduct drills on local waterways, demonstrating how to position containment booms and deploy other spill countermeasures. Attendees practiced setting up boom at Dover Bay, off Lake Pend Oreille, and on the Clark Fork River. Thousands of feet of spill deflection boom was towed

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Rail is Critical to Manufacturing

According to the Association of American Railroads nearly 3,000 events celebrated Manufacturing Day across the country during the first week of October. Freight rail moves the raw and finished products that directly support the critical manufacturing industry. In fact, rail moved 43.6 million tons of basic steel products in 2015 alone. To learn more, go

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Why Do Trains Blow Their Whistles?

The train whistle, or horn, is an important part of our safety practices. The horn alerts people that a train is approaching a railroad crossing. It can also be used to warn animals or trespassers in our right-of-way along a section of track. Many people don’t realize that federal and state regulations require us to

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BNSF Replaces the Washougal River Railroad Bridge

BNSF replaced its Washougal River Railroad Bridge in Camas, WA, using an innovative technique to replace the bridge spans. Rather than lifting new spans into place, they built spans right next to the bridge, slid the old spans to the side across beams, and then slid the new ones into place. The project was part

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BNSF Recognized with Prestigious Hay Award

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence to a BNSF Engineering team for the BNSF/WSDOT ARRA Program in Washington State. This project, recently completed after 20 years of planning, permitting, design, development and construction, involved the expertise and hard work of hundreds of

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Rail Industry Promotes U.S. Rail Safety Week Sept. 24-30

The first-ever U.S. Rail Safety Week is planned for this week. The campaign is jointly sponsored by Operation Lifesaver Inc., BNSF Railway as well as other freight railroads and Amtrak, along with the Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, the Association of American Railroads, and other safety partners. Rail Safety Week is

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Freight Rail Works for America Campaign

The Association of American Railroads launched a campaign to inform the public about the huge benefits freight rail has on our lives and economy. Here are 8 unbelievable facts about America’s freight railroads: 60 football fields: The length of the longest freight train in American history 4 American time zones: First established by freight railroads in 1883

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BNSF and Positive Train Control

BNSF began developing and testing a PTC system before the first Congressional mandate made in 2008. BNSF was the first and only freight railroad to operate PTC starting in 2012 and continues to be the leader in Class I railroad operations with PTC on freight lines. The industry-wide change is arguably one of the most

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BNSF First Responder Training in Spokane

In August, BNSF teamed up with the Spokane Police Department and other local first responders for a day of training.  The attendees learned about rail safety and methods for addressing an emergency response on or near the rails. What really seemed to stand out during the training day was the “hands on orientation” of the

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BNSF Railway Foundation Supports Local Organizations

The BNSF Railway Foundation provided a grant to the Southwest Region EMS and Trauma Care Council.  This grant was used to send 11 students in the Southwest Region to Emergency Medical Responder training during the 2016-2017 training year.  All 11 students successfully completed training on 6/30/2017 and are now completing their field work which will

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Tacoma Rainiers, USO Northwest and BNSF support WA military families

BNSF Railway teamed up with Tacoma Rainiers and the USO Northwest (United Service Organizations) to take local military families out for a game in their USO Heroes Suite.  The Rainiers partner with USO Northwest and local organizations to provide a completely free, family-friendly luxury suite experience for local military organizations. BNSF is a proud sponsor.

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KC Industrial Waste Program Awards BNSF the Gold for Interbay Facility

Each spring, King County Industrial Waste recognizes facilities that have done an excellent job maintaining compliance and preventing pollution. The Clean Water Gold Award honors facilities that have had no violations or late reports during the year.  BNSF is proud to have received this award for our Seattle Interbay Facility for 2016. Learn more about

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BNSF Plans for HazMat Training in Idaho

BNSF takes safety very seriously and helping our first responders train is a big part of that effort. This year, BNSF conducted a cold-water boom deployment drill on the Kootenai River in Idaho with first responders in addition to providing a safety briefing to the Kootenai County Local Emergency Planning Committee. In September, BNSF will

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BNSF Reminds Eclipse Viewers to Remain Safe by Staying Away from Railroad Tracks

A total solar eclipse will occur Monday, Aug. 21, across the U.S. in many communities where BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) operates. BNSF will continue normal operations throughout the day and during the eclipse, and reminds community members to stay safe and away from railroad tracks. Because nothing is more important to BNSF than operating safely,

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Keep Washington Competitive Opposed to Spokane Ballot Measure

Keep Washington Competitive, a coalition of representatives from trade organizations, wrote an open letter explaining why they are opposed to a ballot measure that the Spokane City Council just approved for the fall election. Below are portions of that letter and we encourage you to read the full article linked below: Contrary to federal law

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