BNSF, Contractors Provide First Responders with Winter Oil Spill Response Training

BNSF, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Boundary and Bonner County Emergency Management, and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality completed an all-day cold weather oil spill response training on Saturday, Jan. 14th on the Kootenai River.   Approximately 40 Boundary and Bonner County and Tribal first responders, and oil spill contractors were trained in the use of

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BNSF Employees Clear Tracks of Heavy Snow

In recent days, as severe weather hit parts of BNSF’s North Region, employees have been working to maintain service under challenging conditions.  This video shows teams on BNSF’s Montana Division operating rotary snow plows and other equipment to clear snow drifts. On the Mobridge Subdivision near Lemmon, S.D., for instance, snow drifts were as high

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Spotlight: Oregon

BNSF Railway plays an important role in Oregon’s economy. Our 32,500-mile network helps Oregonians stay connected to the world. We serve timber and agricultural exporters by delivering their products to domestic markets and by linking them to markets around the globe. From appliances and electronics to clothing and food, we also transport the products that

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Bonner EMS Receives Grant

The BNSF Railway Foundation awarded a $37,578 grant to the Bonner County EMS. The grant award will go toward the purchase of an off-road ambulance. “Given the hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and walking trails in Bonner County, having a specially outfitted response vehicle available will greatly increase our ability to respond to those

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BNSF in the Community This Fall

Being a responsible and engaged corporate citizen is a top priority for BNSF. Here are some of the organizations and programs we have recently supported: Donated $25,000 for the YMCA building campaign in Skagit Valley. This money will go toward a new 60,000-square-foot, two story facility and adjacent early learning center. Provided a $16,000 grant

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Stimulating Historic Imagination in Snoqualmie

BNSF Everett Conductor Andrew Black participated in history Oct. 8 when the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, Wash., held a dedication for its new Railroad Education Center. The center opens up an array of possibilities for the way the museum preserves and shares its railroad history – about people, stories, documents, artifacts and technology. It will house

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BNSF Partners with Corn Processors to Expand Capacity

Central Washington Corn Processors (CWCP) held a grand opening in November for its new rail loop and grain-handling facility in Richland, which will expand its capacity to handle commodities. The facility is sited on a 25-acre parcel leased by the City of Richland and includes a 95,480-square-foot building and an 8,600-foot, full-loop track to accommodate

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200-mile Relay Race: Spokane to Sandpoint

BNSF expanded its support of the race this year by becoming a corporate sponsor.  BNSF employees from throughout the region participated in the race which starts at the top of Mount Spokane and runs across 200 miles on scenic highways, back roads and gravel roads to Sandpoint, Idaho.

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Coal Dust Update

Today BNSF announced a tentative settlement in the long-running lawsuit over alleged coal dust emissions from railcars in Washington state. The tentative settlement reflects BNSF Railway’s long-term efforts to address coal dust and allows us to continue that practice without the distraction of a prolonged legal battle. Plaintiffs originally sued BNSF for $4.6 trillion, claiming that coal dust

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Rolling Toward a Greener Future

At BNSF, we are constantly striving to improve our environmental performance.  We want to highlight a few examples from our recent sustainability report.  Did you know: Freight rail relieves urban traffic congestion and reduces carbon and other emissions. In fact, BNSF customers reduced their collective carbon footprint by 34 million metric tons in 2015, equal to

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BNSF is Prepared and Ready for the Winter

Well before winter arrives, BNSF evaluates its winter action plans to ensure that resources and procedures are in place to address extreme weather conditions. During this process, teams examine their current procedures, priorities and responsibilities to determine whether adjustments are needed based on past experience and each division’s unique climate. As of today, all 10

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Doubling Up On Track, Reduces Down Time

Here’s how BNSF lays double track on a solid foundation. Double track increases the network’s capacity by giving train dispatchers more options when directing traffic and by allowing planned maintenance to happen on one track while the other track is still in operation.

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Washington Landslide Prevention

With the rainy season underway here in the Northwest, landslides can become a major concern along rail lines.  Since 2013, BNSF has worked with WSDOT and 16 other agencies on the Landslide Mitigation Work Group. This group has researched historical slide locations and causes along coastal bluffs and used that data to identify six project

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Railroad Safety Tips

Simply learning basic railroad safety information has reduced the number of collisions at grade crossings by 83% since 1972.  Thousands of lives have been saved because they had the information they needed to avoid collisions. Here are some safety tips to make sure we all stay safe: Trains are always closer and moving faster than

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Rail Safety Tips and Facts

Did you know that in 25% of the crashes occurring at highway-rail crossings — people actually run into the side of the train? It’s true! Often, it’s because the driver is going too fast for conditions, such as darkness, rainy weather or fog. As the days get shorter and more people drive home in the

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