Sniffing Out Crime on BNSF Tracks

Since BNSF’s railroad system spans the country, there is a lot of property to oversee and patrol. That’s where our very own police department and K-9 program come into play. There are three BNSF K-9s located throughout the northwest, including 7-year veteran of the force Quinn and his partner, Officer Ian Ashley. The two handle

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Increasing Safety, Capacity and Efficiency on Our Tracks

BNSF Railway is always looking for ways to increase safety and capacity on our system. One way the railroad gets more capacity is through Centralized Traffic Control, or CTC. CTC consolidates train routing decisions that were previously carried out by local signal operators or the train crews themselves. CTC utilizes automation allowing dispatchers to remotely control

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Rocky the Goat, Star of the Great Northern Railway

Before there was BNSF Railway’s orange locomotives, one of our predecessor railroads was widely recognized by a different logo: Rocky the Goat. Rocky the Goat was the star of the logo for the Great Northern Railway (GN). For nearly a century, Rocky was closely identified with GN, which ran through Montana’s Rocky Mountain region known

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Track Safety Basics

Staying safe around train tracks is paramount to BNSF. Below are important rail safety tips that can save lives: 1. Freight trains don’t travel at fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains often change. Always expect a train at each highway-rail intersection at any time. 2. All train tracks are private property. Never walk on

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Supporting our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation invests in the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent donations include: Supporting Mental Health Services for Military Members and Families Invictus Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that offers individual and family behavioral health counseling services to military members,

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Preparing for Winter’s Worst

Polar vortexes. Winter storms. Bomb cyclones. Extreme winter weather is difficult to work in, especially when mother nature is at her worst. However, freight must keep moving as the holiday season is one of the busiest for BNSF Railway. Long before cold weather hits, BNSF’s 10 operating divisions create winter action plans to ensure safeguards

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BNSF’s Historic Art Collection

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, railroads powering the country’s growth, including BNSF’s predecessors, needed to encourage customers to explore the Western United States. The rail companies enlisted commercial painters to journey west and capture its natural splendor in hopes of inspiring the imagination of the traveling public. What began as a tool

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Protecting the Environment

BNSF is committed to minimizing our impact on the planet and investing in improved long-term sustainability. We’re proud to be a rail industry leader in protecting our natural resources. Railroads are the most environmentally-friendly mode of surface transportation. Rail significantly reduces highway congestion by taking freight trucks off our highways. Moving freight by rail is

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Supporting our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation invests in the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent donations include: Remembering Mount St. Helens Forty years ago, the Mount St. Helens eruption was viewed on televisions around the world. To commemorate one of the most universal memories in

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Honoring Military Veterans Aboard the Holiday Express

To celebrate military families and share the holiday spirit, BNSF’s Holiday Express rolled through Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California this month. This is the 12th year BNSF has hosted Holiday Express, inviting military personnel and their families on board for a special ride in 15 restored vintage railcars decked out for the holidays. In

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BNSF Works 24/7 to Deliver Holiday Cheer

The holiday season brings a shift in people’s activities toward preparing holiday feasts and shopping lists. For BNSF, this magical time of year brings a continued commitment to delivering the goods needed to keep the holidays running smoothly. BNSF’s attention to rail logistics starts with the men and women who work around-the-clock to ensure our

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Ensuring Holiday Wishes Come True

It’s that time of year… the time when you power up your trusty laptop and start turning wish lists into reality. But have you ever wondered what it takes to get all those packages delivered to your door? Naturally, it takes a lot of communication and a well-coordinated effort between retailers and transportation providers (oh,

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Supporting our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation invests in the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent donations include: Supporting those in need St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals and families struggling with basic needs, on the verge

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