Welcome to Friends of BNSF!

If any of the following describes you, then this might be just the website for you:

  • You want to know more about how BNSF contributes to our way of life;
  • You or a family member works at BNSF;
  • You or a family member has retired from BNSF or one of its predecessor companies;
  • You want to explore the rich history of BNSF;
  • Or, you just flat out love trains!

We've got plenty for you to check out. Take a look at the sample stories below. Then, join the site.




View of Spokane, Wash. from viaduct, 1931

View of Spokane from Northern Pacific viaduct in 1931

Spokane and BNSF Railway go back a long way!  Northern Pacific Railway, a major BNSF predecessor line, was the first railroad to reach Spokane in June 1881. This Northern Pacific photo from our archives shows a scene from Spokane in 1931, visible from the viaduct. This is North Stevens Street, facing north.  That narrow lane between the two buildings in right foreground is Railroad Alley. The first intersection visible is West 1st Avenue, and the intersection farther back is Sprague Avenue. The famous Hotel Spokane and Silver Grill is no more, but all the buildings on the right are still there.
 

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View of Spokane, Wash. from viaduct, 1931

Minnesota firefighters receive hazmat training from BNSF, other Class I railroads

Minnesota firefighters hazmat training

Forty firefighters from 10 of Minnesota's chemical assessment teams participated in hazardous materials training yesterday with BNSF Railway and other Class I railroads. The training at Camp Riley, near Little Falls, Minn., was coordinated by Minnesota's Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a division of the state's Department of Public Safety.

Railroads transport hazardous materials used in everyday living, from treating water to fertilizing crops. BNSF trains first responders around its network continuously so they are prepared to help manage an unlikely incident.

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Minnesota firefighters receive hazmat training from BNSF, other Class I railroads

BNSF makes progress on $2.4 billion maintenance plan

BNSF is making progress on its $2.4 billion capital maintenance plan for 2017, maintaining our rail network and making enhancements to boost its capacity.

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BNSF makes progress on $2.4 billion maintenance plan

BNSF begins repairs after Tropical Storm Harvey

BNSF is working to restore service in South Texas after Tropical Storm Harvey. Equipment and supplies were pre-positioned for repairs to damaged track, bridges or facilities. Crews have now begun repairs in areas where water is receding. Team members continue to manage the response from a 24/7 command center in The Woodlands.

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BNSF begins repairs after Tropical Storm Harvey

BNSF employees rescue Houston residents, pets from floodwaters

BNSF employees from Temple, Texas, stepped up to help the people of Houston this week. They gathered four truckloads  of food and supplies and delivered them to Houston, along with boats and equipment. They rescued 110 people and 30 pets from flooding. Employees also took up a collection to help families relocated to Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

 

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BNSF employees rescue Houston residents, pets from floodwaters

BNSF moves Galveston Railroad Museum rolling stock to safety before Hurricane Harvey's arrival

 Galveston Railroad Museum rolling stock safe at Pearland Intermodal Facility.

Santa Fe No. 315 and vintage passenger cars from the Galveston Railroad Museum wait out Tropical Storm Harvey at BNSF Railway's Pearland Intermodal Facility in Houston on Saturday, Aug. 26. BNSF moved rolling stock from the museum to higher ground to protect it before Hurricane Harvey reached landfall. 

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BNSF moves Galveston Railroad Museum rolling stock to safety before Hurricane Harvey's arrival