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.




Kansas City, Kan. first responders and families take a special train ride with BNSF

Police and firefighters in Kansas City, Kan. and their family members went for a special train ride July 21 aboard BNSF Railway's First Responder Express. BNSF also made a donation to the S.A.F.E. program (Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment), which provides financial assistance for the families of first responders in a nine-county area in Kansas and Missouri who lose their lives in the performance of their duties.

 

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Kansas City, Kan. first responders and families take a special train ride with BNSF

BNSF asks for your support against Spokane City Council's proposal to fine oil and coal trains



BNSF is proud to have been part of the Spokane community for more than 130 years. The nearly 4,000 BNSF employees in Washington share our commitment to safely and efficiently transporting Washington's products to the world. BNSF now needs your support to defend and preserve that ongoing legacy, by contacting the Spokane City Council  about its proposed law to impose a fine on oil and coal trains.

The Spokane City Council has decided to place on the ballot an ordinance restricting the transportation of coal and oil by rail through the city. We share the council's focus on safety, but this is the wrong approach to safety.

If enacted into law, this illegal ordinance would have a chilling effect on the local and state economy. In fact, it would be preempted by federal law - at a cost to Spokane taxpayers. If it were ever enforced, this law would slow the movement of Washington agricultural products and other goods to market, while creating uncertainty for businesses looking to invest in the city.

And it could make Spokane less safe by forcing more fossil fuels to be carried by trucks on local roads and highways, next to local motorists using those roads.

Freight rail is by far the safest mode of ground transportation. BNSF continues to invest billions to upgrade and maintain rail infrastructure and deploy advanced technologies to make it even safer.

And it's paying off. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, the past three years have been the safest in U.S. rail history.

BNSF stands ready to work with federal, state, and local leaders to continue to improve safety while maintaining the efficient flow of commerce to and from Spokane.

In the meantime, we need your support! Please use the link below to contact the Spokane City Council no later than Sunday, Aug. 14. Urge it to rescind its decision and keep the proposed ordinance off the November ballot.

Please voice your opinion!

Visit BNSFNorthwest.com/Spokane to learn more about the ordinance and to contact your elected officials.

 

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BNSF asks for your support against Spokane City Council's proposal to fine oil and coal trains

This Day in BNSF History: FDR visits Glacier National Park

 
Today in BNSF history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited the Two Medicine Valley in Glacier National Park on August 5, 1934. When FDR gave a national radio address from the park, he expressed the wish that “every American, old and young, could have been with me today.” As one of FDR’s greatest passions, the preservation of America’s land through national parks is one of the most influential legacies of his presidency. 

“There is nothing so American as our national parks,” FDR said. “The scenery and wild life are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in the process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle.”

BNSF predecessor railroad Great Northern Railway played a major role in the development of Glacier Park, building trails, roads and hotels to promote tourism to the park, with the railroad providing transportation.
 
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This Day in BNSF History: FDR visits Glacier National Park

Unleash your creativity with this locomotive coloring page for National Coloring Book Day!

National Coloring Book Day image with BNSF locomotive

Today is National Coloring Book Day! Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he [or she] grows up.”

Here’s a coloring page for your kids – or for you! – to unleash your creativity. Click on the image for a larger version you can download and print.

Email us your work at communitymanager@bnsf.com and mention the name and age of the artist. Or, post it on Facebook or Twitter and remember to include the hashtag #BNSFinColor. We’ll publish the best one here and send the winner a Friends of BNSF T-shirt! 

 

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Unleash your creativity with this locomotive coloring page for National Coloring Book Day!

BNSF employees support Fort Worth’s Patriot House

As a proud employer and supporter of veterans, BNSF jumps at the chance to help military veterans. Recently, BNSF employees in Fort Worth had such an opportunity. Patriot House, a non-profit organization founded in 2005 under the umbrella of the Presbyterian Night Shelter, is dedicated to providing homeless veterans housing and basic life necessities. Having a need for supplies, BNSF employees generously responded by donating and collecting four pallets of goods, including microwaves, two bicycles, coffee makers, blenders, sheets, blankets and towels, in just a week’s time.

With the ultimate goal of helping veterans in need find employment and homes of their own, the recently donated items will be given to veterans moving into their own apartments and homes.

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BNSF employees support Fort Worth’s Patriot House

Mystery map of Great Northern, Northern Pacific networks turns up in BNSF archive

 
Look what turned up in a warehouse where BNSF stores historical materials! Uncovered in 2010, this impressive 6-foot by 18-foot railroad map has unclear origins. Dated by experts to somewhere between 1923 and 1935, the map was found in a canister labeled: “President Office-Great Northern Railway-St. Paul, Minnesota.” 

One of the most notable features of the map is the fact that both the Great Northern Railway and the Northern Pacific Railway are indicated in black. Normally, only the home road would be black. It’s thought that the map might have been used as a promotional tool for the merger attempt between the two railroads in 1927.
 

The map is now prominently displayed at the BNSF headquarters campus in Fort Worth, in a high-traffic corridor across from an employee common space.

The map itself is very fragile, since it is hand-painted in what appears to be tempera paint on paper that is about 90 years old, mounted on handkerchief-thin linen. Because of this, the map is protected by five pieces of Plexiglass mounted with stand-off bolts. This display method affords a great view of the map while protecting it from ultraviolet rays from sunlight and fluorescent lighting.

If you can shed any more light on the story behind this map, we’d love to hear from you!
 
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