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 Railway Foundation supports Chief Standing Bear Scholarship Fund

Earlier this week the BNSF Railway Foundation awarded the Lincoln Community Foundation $15,000 toward the endowment established for the Chief Standing Bear Scholarship Fund. Each year the scholarship is offered to two Native American students who are enrolled in a tribe and who will be attending a higher-education institution.

The scholarship is named after Chief Standing Bear, a Ponca chief who significantly advanced civil rights for Native Americans and who has left a lasting impression on the state of Nebraska and the nation.

Judi Gaiashkibos, Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, and Senator Tom Brewer accepted the donation on behalf of the community foundation. Chris Howell, director, Tribal Relations, represented BNSF at the ceremony.

The photo above shows Howell, Gaiashkibos and Brewer at the Centennial Mall in Lincoln, Neb., in front of the Chief Standing Bear Statue.

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BNSF employees help repair homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey

More than eight months after Hurricane Harvey, large areas of Texas are still recovering. In Beaumont, which received 15 more inches of rain than greater Houston, some 7,000 homes remain either condemned or in need of repair, with trash and rubble still littering the streets.

In early May, a community project organized by BNSF employees gave some Beaumont residents hope that they will soon be able to move back into their once-uninhabitable homes. Joined by volunteers from customer Trans-Global Solutions, BNSF employees fanned out across the Beaumont area to work on 10 homes.

"We focused on houses of the elderly and the disabled. We hung sheetrock, installed insulation and got these structures back to being the homes their residents so need," said Diane Wagenaar, a sales manager on BNSF's Industrial Products team. "We met some of the homeowners, who were so thankful. One cried and told us she didn't think anyone cared."

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BNSF employees help repair homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey

BNSF hits safety and emergency response hard

Sandpoint Idaho rail bridge BNSF

BNSF’s planned second rail bridge on Lake Pend Oreille will address a bottleneck and will help reduce the time trains spend in crossings in the Sandpoint, Idaho region, BNSF spokesperson Courtney Wallace told the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce on May 10. 

More in the Sandpoint Reader.

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Maintaining the BNSF network

BNSF's recurring investment in the maintenance of its infrastructure and assets continually improve safety and efficiency. That's why today, the BNSF network is in its best shape ever.

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Congratulations to BNSF's 2017 Safety Employees of the Year

BNSF recognized its 2017 Employees of the Year at an awards ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, in April, 2018. The annual Employees of the Year program identifies employees who have made exceptional contributions exemplifying BNSF’s vision and values through their commitment, leadership and focus on working safely and efficiently to meet customer expectations.

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How BNSF protects against avalanches

Working for the railroad… on skis!

These BNSF employees have an important safety role. They inspect avalanche starting zones and mitigate avalanche risk in the mountains of Montana.

 

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How BNSF protects against avalanches