When Temperatures Drop, We Don’t Stop

Mid-February’s arctic outbreak brought a deep freeze to much of the nation. Worse, it was not just one event, but back-to-back winter blasts, including Winter Storm Uri, which delivered blinding white snow driven by high winds, coupled with icy precipitation. Temperatures dropped below zero. Power and water outages across the Midwest and South crushed communities,

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Rehabilitating a Critical Transportation Link: Salmon Bay Rail Bridge

Since the early 1900s, the BNSF Salmon Bay Rail Bridge has enabled freight and passenger trains to cross the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle. On average, 30 to 40 trains cross the bridge each day, including Sounder and Amtrak passenger trains and shipments to and from major ports in Washington. BNSF is required by

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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: Providing Virtual Camp for Children with Type 1 Diabetes Each year, the American Diabetes Association hosts in-person summer camps across the country for children with type 1 diabetes.

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BNSF Employee Spotlight: Roger Hsieh

Rail continues to be the most efficient land-based way to move agricultural products and BNSF has partnered with American producers for over 170 years. We met with BNSF’s Agriculture Ombudsman for the Pacific Northwest, Roger Hsieh, to learn more about him and what it takes to make the U.S. farming supply chain one of the

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Best in Snow: Railfans Share Amazing Winter Shots of BNSF Trains in Action

In the midst of the many challenges people have faced in the past several months, it’s good to see that some things never change. BNSF trains keep moving freight, and railfans keep capturing magnificent images of them, even in cold winter weather. BNSF scoured the entries from this year’s Winter Photo Contest to find the

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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: Bringing Hope to People Who Don’t Know Where to Turn The Sandpoint Community Resource Center in Sandpoint, ID provides a central place where people in need can go

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Black History Month: BNSF Honors African Americans in Transportation

Andrew Jackson Beard revolutionized railroad safety with his invention of the Jenny automatic car coupler, which aimed to improve the knuckle coupler patented by Eli Janney in 1873. The knuckle coupler did the dangerous job of hooking railroad cars together, which previously was done by manually placing a pin in a link between the two

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BNSF Announces 2021 Capital Investments

BNSF Railway announced its 2021 capital investment plan of $2.99 billion. This year’s capital plan focuses on projects that support the company’s growth and efficiency objectives, while maintaining a strong and reliable railroad. “Every year through our capital plan, we work to ensure we are able to continue to operate a safe and efficient rail

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Online Shopping Clicks with Consumers During Pandemic

Buying a new pair of pants for work, picking up a bouquet of flowers for your Mom’s birthday, purchasing a spice rack to help organize your kitchen and indulging yourself with that special item you have had your eye on for weeks. In the past, these errands could have taken a weekend afternoon to complete,

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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 North Idaho First Responders The BNSF Railway Foundation provided a grant to help equip the Paradise Valley Fire Districts’ response vehicles with gas detectors. The rural Fire District

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BNSF Works Around the Clock to Keep Holiday Foods and Gifts Moving

BNSF doesn’t take a break from delivering the goods needed to keep America – and the holidays – running smoothly. Behind the railroad are the men and women who help move freight trains 24/7. Dispatchers are just one group who have a round-the-clock role in operating about 1,400 trains daily across our expansive 32,500-mile network.

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BNSF to Host 22nd Technology Awareness Day

BNSF will host its 22nd Technology Awareness Day celebration through a series of events February 23-26, 2021. BNSF’s Technology Awareness Day is part of the National Black Family Technology Awareness Week. Technology Awareness Day at BNSF is a local version of the campaign that aims to educate local minority youths about careers in technology and

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BNSF’s Rotary Snowplows Are Ready for Heavy Snowfall

Weighing in at more than 150 tons and equipped with an 11-foot fan that can cut through deep snowdrifts, rotary snowplows play a crucial role in BNSF’s winter action plans. Rotary snowplows are used after dramatic snowfall events where snow volumes are deeper than the height of BNSF’s typical snowplow blades. BNSF’s regular snowplows can

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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: Preserving Tribal Languages The Inchelium Language & Culture Association fosters and sustains a dynamic community of Salish language speakers whose daily lives are expressed through a commitment to

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Preserving Army History

The histories of the U.S. Army and the railroad are intertwined by mutual dedication to serving the American people. To honor the long-time partnership between the Army and BNSF, the BNSF Railway Foundation donated $50,000 to the Army Historical Foundation toward the creation of the National Museum of the United States Army. The museum officially

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