Women Artists Left Their Mark on BNSF and the American West

Since the United States’ earliest days, the American West has lured artists eager to capture its beauty and vast uncharted terrain. Many of those pioneering artists were women. “As men traveled west to search for gold, their wives followed. Many recorded the journey through painting or the written word,” said Linda Osmundson, author of How

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BNSF and Hollywood’s Intersecting History

Before commercial flights became common in the 1950s, BNSF predecessor Santa Fe Railway’s “Super Chief” was the main transportation for Hollywood’s stars. The Super Chief was the railroad’s premiere Pullman sleeping car train that ran daily from Chicago to Los Angeles. With West Coast terminals in California, top-notch service and train cars completed with air

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BNSF Customers Report Robust Investments in 2019

Investments from BNSF customers utilizing our rail network totaled approximately $1.2 billion in 2019. BNSF projects 2,000 jobs were added to local economies as a result of these investments that supported a range of commodities including consumer, agricultural and industrial products in over 100 communities on our network. It’s the ninth consecutive year BNSF customers

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Reducing our Customers’ Carbon Footprint

Rail is the most environmentally-friendly mode of land transportation. Shipping by rail can help our customers reduce their carbon footprint by up to 82%. Removing long-haul trucks from our highways has a significant net positive impact on the environment. To improve awareness of how shipping by rail can reduce carbon emissions, BNSF created the Carbon Estimator

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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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