Friends of BNSF members in the Pacific Northwest may know of the Melonas family, which has been part of the story of BNSF and its predecessors for more than 100 years. Konstantinos "Gust" Melonas was a construction foreman for the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SP&S) in southern Washington starting in 1907. His sons Sam and John Melonas worked for the railroad as well. Sam became an assistant superintendent for roadway and maintenance for Burlington Northern (BN), and John became a vice president for safety at BN. Sam's sons Louis and Gus work for BNSF today. Louis, at right in photo, is a welding foreman and Gus, left, is a regional public affairs director frequently seen speaking to news media.
In honor of the family's three generations of contributions to the railroad, last month BNSF officially named a new siding in the Columbia River Gorge the Melonas Siding. Both Louis and Gus Melonas attended the ceremony. Congratulations and thanks to the Melonas family for their service!
More details in The Columbian.