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!

From historic photos and videos to a library of resources about BNSF to free downloadables like wallpaper and ringtones, we've got plenty for you to check out. Take a look at the sample stories below. Then, join the site.




Employees in Air National Guard take BNSF representative on “boss lift” ride on C-130

BNSF locomotive engineer William Perry, who works out of Great Falls, Mont., is also a staff sergeant in the Air National Guard. Sonja Grigsby works at BNSF’s headquarters in Fort Worth and administers long-term absences for employees in the Guard and Reserves who are on military orders. Grigsby’s work is important to the many BNSF employees like Perry who are also serving in the U.S. military.

 

On June 6, Perry took advantage of a program organized by Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to thank Grigsby for her work. It’s called a “boss lift.” Guard and Reserve employees nominate representatives of their employers to take a ride on a C-130 transport plane, so they can experience what military employees do during training and deployments.


“This was my chance to extend to Ms. Grigsby what I deem a necessary professional courtesy, a formal invite of gratitude, for her dedication and help over the years in assisting me with my Military Leave,” explained Perry. “Not many employees can temporarily leave a company job, last minute, for an undetermined amount of time, in a military status, without worry or fear of reprisal. It is truly a great feeling knowing that the company I work for offers an unwavering level of support to all military employees who serve as citizen soldiers within their respective state and our country as members of the National Guard and Reserve.”


“BNSF provides a partnership with employees. Employees appreciate the help we provide just as much as we appreciate what they’re doing,” added Grigsby. “It was nice to be honored with a nomination. The entire experience couldn’t have been any better.”

Grigsby traveled from Texas to Montana to take the ride along with Perry and Tech Sgt. Michael Gorecki who is a BNSF locomotive engineer and Reservist.

 

More at the Great Falls Tribune website

 

About the photos: At top, view of another boss lift plane from the inside of C-130. At bottom, Grigsby and Gorecki aboard the C-130 transport plane.
 

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Employees in Air National Guard take BNSF representative on “boss lift” ride on C-130

BNSF hosts first-ever “First Responder Express” in San Bernardino, Calif.

 

Nearly 200 San Bernardino police officers, firefighters, support personnel and their families took part in the trip aboard several BNSF business cars. The event featured refreshments, a face painter and a balloon artist for the kids (and the young at heart!). BNSF special agents based in San Bernardino were also on board to distribute badge stickers and talk about the importance of safety around rail crossings.

 

The ride departed from the San Bernardino Metrolink commuter rail platform and traveled to Summit on Cajon Pass before returning to the station, providing sunset views of an area that’s usually inaccessible to the general public.

 

BNSF also presented two $5,000 checks, one to the San Bernardino Police Foundation and the other to the San Bernardino Fire Explorers, which provides an opportunity for young people to learn more about firefighting.

 

Andrew Johnsen, assistant vice president, Community Affairs, noted, “BNSF is proud to partner with these dedicated public servants who keep our railroad and our community safe every day. We also thank their families for supporting them in their important work.”

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BNSF hosts first-ever “First Responder Express” in San Bernardino, Calif.

American farmers and BNSF go back a long way

American agriculture and BNSF Railway go back a long way. In the early years, farmers and the railroad depended on each other and survived and flourished because of each other. Today, that relationship still powers BNSF. But we not only work together with farmers, many of us ARE farmers. Because so many of our people have a deep connection to agriculture, they understand the challenges farmers face. That connection drives them to do their best for our agricultural customers every day when they come in to work. Agriculture matters at BNSF.
 


 

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American farmers and BNSF go back a long way

BNSF Railway Police offer reward in Byhalia, Miss. train shooting incident

BNSF is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the person who shot at a train in the late afternoon on May 20 in Byhalia, Miss.  The incident took place at the rail crossing on Highway 309 near East Railroad Avenue.  The shooter is believed to be driving a gold or pewter Pontiac Grand Prix or similar vehicle. Please call (800) 832-5452 if you have information about this case.

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BNSF Railway Police offer reward in Byhalia, Miss. train shooting incident

Deep personal connections to agriculture at BNSF

Agriculture matters to BNSF Railway. At BNSF we not only work together with farmers, many of us ARE farmers. Many of our employees grew up on a farm and still harbor cherished memories of the farming life. Others are still farming today.

In this video we meet BNSF Chief Financial Officer Julie Piggott, who comes from a farming family in North Dakota, and Locomotive Engineer John Knierim, who grows wheat, peas, lentils, canola and corn in Montana. “I remember when we were young we used to take lunch out to my dad every day while he was working the harvest so he could have something to eat, and we’d put a blanket down and treat it like a picnic,” Pigott says.

Piggott, Knierim and many others at BNSF bring their deep personal connection to farming in to work every day and it drives them to do their best for our agricultural customers.

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Deep personal connections to agriculture at BNSF

Video: The American farmer and BNSF Railway

American agriculture and BNSF Railway go back a long way. In the early years, farmers and the railroad depended on each other and survived and flourished because of each other. Today, that relationship still powers BNSF. The evolution of American agriculture has driven the U.S. food supply chain to become the most productive in the world, and we at BNSF are proud to help get American farms’ bounty to tables around the world. 

Many of our employees grew up on farms and understand the challenges our agricultural customers face. Driven by that personal connection, they do their very best for our agricultural customers every day when they come in to work. Agriculture matters at BNSF.

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Video: The American farmer and BNSF Railway