BNSF Names Bonner County, Idaho as 2018 Heritage Community Award Recipient

Bonner County traces its rail roots back to before Idaho statehood. The Northern Pacific Railroad first reached Bonner County in the early 1880s from Spokane. The Great Northern came later in 1892 to Sandpoint, Idaho from Bonners Ferry. According to the Bonner County History Museum, the Spokane International built east from Spokane toward Coeur d’Alene

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Fire Trains Called Out in Pacific Northwest

BNSF’s specially designed and built fire trains are at hard at work again this summer on scene at forest and grass fires throughout the Pacific Northwest. Fire trains are rapidly deployed and can reach roadless areas – transporting both water and crews.  High-powered pumps on board can shoot water up to 300 feet.  The equipment

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Railroad History: Steamships Operated by BNSF Predecessor Companies

The Spokane, Portland and Seattle (SP&S) Railway was formed by BNSF predecessor companies Northern Pacific and Great Northern to pursue real estate and steamship ventures. Twin steamships, the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific, were the flagship vessels of the passenger service provide between Oregon and California. The two ships performed their job so well,

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BNSF Helps Customers Reduce Carbon Emissions

BNSF customers significantly decrease their carbon footprint by converting their shipments from trucks to trains. A single double-stack intermodal train removes several hundred long-haul freight trucks from the highway. In fact, no other form of land freight transportation is by its very nature more fuel- and resource-efficient than rail. Rail also provides tremendous benefits by

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BNSF is Supporting Local Communities this Summer

$10,000 donation to the Seattle Parks Foundation to help with Duwamish Waterway Park. $5,000 donation to the Spokane Public Library Foundation for its 24/7 Remote Access Library program. $3,500 donation to the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho St Vincent De Paul Savage Bureau for its Life and Social Skills Programming Support program.

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Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Gives BNSF Valuable Insight

BNSF continues to break ground in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – in the rail industry. We are becoming more involved in edge machine processing through which algorithms process data collected via drones in the field and then transfer it back to headquarters. In addition, camera systems installed on UAVs

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Idaho Spotlight: An Important Link in the BNSF Network

For more than a century, BNSF Railway Company has played a leading role in North Idaho’s economy. The tradition remains strong today as trainloads of products are shipped in or out of the state on our 32,500-mile rail network. Idaho is part of the Great Northern Corridor which spans the northern United States between the

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BNSF Releases its 2017 Annual Report

In 2017, BNSF saw some positive economic trends that resulted in performance improving over 2016. Volumes increased five percent, reflecting a strengthening economy as well as success in capturing additional business in many of the commodities BNSF hauls. In fact, during the peak holiday shipping period the week after Thanksgiving, BNSF broke an all-time weekly

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BNSF Supports Wenatchee’s Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser

BNSF once again participated in the Junior Service League of Wenatchee’s annual Touch-a-Truck fundraiser. With signs, trucks and football giveaways, BNSF spent the afternoon exposing kits to our service trucks and teaching them about what these vehicles do to keep our rail lines safe. The “Touch a Truck” fundraising event is a community wide event

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BNSF Railway Foundation Helping our Communities this Spring

BNSF Railway Foundation has donated $25,000 toward the City of Vancouver’s renovation and operation of a new homeless day center. BNSF Railway Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Klamath Senior Center. The Senior Center expects to deliver 12,000 more meals in the coming year than last year bringing the total to 80,000. The

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BNSF Plans 2nd Bridge in Idaho to Ease Rail Congestion

BNSF is always enhancing our network to deliver the goods needed to fuel the economy. That’s why we are proposing to build the Sandpoint Junction Connector project at Sandpoint, Idaho. It will help move our current freight traffic and future volumes more efficiently. The second rail bridge will be built over Lake Pend Oreille right

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BNSF Recognized for Community Safety

BNSF was recently honored with the 2017 Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response’s (TRANSCAER®) National Achievement Award for the company’s outreach efforts to help communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material incidents. This is the 18th National Achievement Award BNSF has received from TRANSCAER®. This year’s TRANSCAER® award recognized BNSF for its efforts to

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New Service Between Seattle/Tacoma and Portland is Already Helping

Answering the needs of our customers, ​BNSF recently launched new service between Seattle/Tacoma and Portland that will expand opportunities for shippers through this growing Pacific Northwest corridor. The new service positions BNSF as an important link for cargo customers in Oregon who seek more efficient ways to ship their heavy loads to major export ports in

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The Invictus Foundation is Helping Veterans Heal

BNSF is proud to support the Invictus Foundation. The Invictus Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help heal the invisible wounds of war for our veterans. This remarkable charity supports veterans with everything from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries to community integration and relationship issues. Their Welcome Home Network had over 100,000

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