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.




BNSF reminds eclipse viewers to remain safe by staying away from railroad tracks

A total solar eclipse will occur Monday, Aug. 21, across the U.S. in many communities where BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) operates. BNSF will continue normal operations throughout the day and during the eclipse, and reminds community members to stay safe and away from railroad tracks.

Because nothing is more important to BNSF than operating safely, employees throughout the BNSF network have been proactively contacting communities along the eclipse's path about the safety risks on and near railroad tracks, and asking people to only cross at designated grade crossings.

"So everyone can safely enjoy the view, we are reminding community members that railroad tracks are private property and for their safety, the public should never gather anywhere on or near railroad tracks or right of way," said Zak Andersen, BNSF vice president of corporate relations.

To help ensure everyone's safety, community members should call 800.832.5452 if they see anyone on or near tracks.

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BNSF reminds eclipse viewers to remain safe by staying away from railroad tracks

A single car's journey on the BNSF network

BNSF’s carload network collects single cars from multiple customer locations and places them into merchandise trains hauling a mix of different types of freight. It’s a complex system requiring advanced tools and technology, and coordinated teamwork to ensure deliveries of customers’ shipments are made safely and efficiently. To see how it's done, watch this video and follow the journey of a single car.
 

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A single car's journey on the BNSF network

BNSF employees help return baby owl to its family

BNSF employees gave a baby owl a lift in Fort Worth, Texas!

With the help of a BNSF bucket truck, Brandi Nickerson of Nature's Edge Wildlife and Reptile Rescue safely returned the two-month-old barn owl to its family under a BNSF rail overpass near Haslet, Texas on June 26.

The owl fell from its nest while still unable to fly. Nature's Edge recovered the bird and restored it to full health.

After obtaining permission from the local game warden, Nickerson asked for BNSF's help to reach the nest 18 feet above ground. BNSF provided a truck the same day and worked with local police to direct traffic around the operation. "It was impressive how far BNSF went out of its way to make sure the birds were safe, and everything they coordinated to ensure it was done safely," Nickerson said afterward.

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BNSF employees help return baby owl to its family

BNSF's Logistics Park Chicago upgrades

BNSF has expanded the capacity and capabilities of Logistics Park Chicago, with more track, wide-span cranes with additional lift capacity, and more parking space for containers.


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BNSF's Logistics Park Chicago upgrades

Employee Appreciation Special visits the Twin Cities

BNSF Railway's annual Employee Appreciation Special train visited Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota on June 11 and 12. The train was on a six-state, 10-city tour to thank BNSF employees and their families for all they do for the company. Passengers were treated to a two-hour train ride and refreshments.


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Employee Appreciation Special visits the Twin Cities

How BNSF promotes sustainability

At BNSF, we're proud of the role we play in the economy and in our nation’s supply chain. And while we enjoy inherent efficiencies and environmental benefits, we also believe it's good business and good citizenship to further minimize our impact on the environment and promote sustainability.


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How BNSF promotes sustainability