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 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

BNSF's 24/7 Command Center manages response to Tropical Storm Harvey

 BNSF's 24-7 Command Center

Team members at BNSF’s 24/7 Command Center are shown managing BNSF’s response to Tropical Storm Harvey. Widespread flooding caused by Harvey is disrupting BNSF operations in the Houston area. Some locations have received nearly 40 inches of rain and several more inches are expected during the next 48 hours.
 
With multiple washouts and high water reported on BNSF main lines in the area, we have suspended all traffic into or out of Houston.
 
Operations at BNSF Houston-area railyards and facilities, including our Pearland Intermodal and Automotive facilities, are currently suspended. Our command center is in frequent communication with local, state and federal emergency personnel to evaluate conditions and determine when operations can safely resume.
 
With additional flooding likely during the next few days, normal train flows in the area may not resume for an extended period. Customers with questions about your shipments, please contact Customer Support at 1-888-428-2673 option 4, option 3.
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with South Texas residents and first responders contending with this ordeal. 
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BNSF's 24/7 Command Center manages response to Tropical Storm Harvey

Safety Drawing Contest winners named

Grand Prize winning entry by Milena Thies, age 10.


Milena Thies, 10, daughter of Paul Thies, electrician, Brainerd, Minn., was honored as the Grand Prize winner for this year’s BNSF Railway Safety Drawing Contest and was rewarded with a $100 gift card. Other winners in each age category received $50 gift cards.
 

The competition was strong. After much deliberation, one top entry was selected for each of  the five different age groups. Employees then voted for the grand prize winner from among the age category winners.
 

"We are always impressed with the artistic talent we see with this contest. This year we even saw that talent runs in the family, as the grand prize winner and one of the age group winners are siblings,” said Ryan Ringelman, general director, System Safety. “Seeing what these children create really illustrates the true pride our families have for safety at BNSF, and confirms that the tools we use and skills we practice at work are also being modeled at home.”
 

Many thanks to the talented children who participated in this year's Safety Drawing Contest, with the theme "What can we do to keep each other safe?" The artwork demonstrated the kids' artistic skills and their commitment to safety. Sponsored by the Safety Department, the contest was open to the children, grandchildren or other dependents of BNSF employees and retirees.
 

Age Category Winners:

Ages 4-5: Kinsley Knutstrom, 5, daughter of Jared Knutstrom, division trainmaster, Creston, Iowa

Ages 6-8: Katie Prescott, 7, daughter of William Prescott, locomotive engineer, Mandan, N.D.

Ages 9-11: Elliot Thies, 11, son of Paul Thies, electrician, Brainerd, Minn.

Ages 12-14: Zoe Williams, 13, daughter of Christy Williams, manager, Compensation, Fort Worth

 

Ages 15-17: Jonas Marie Baker, 16, daughter of Lillian Baker, clerk, Suburban Services, Chicago
 

All entrants who were not selected as one of this year’s winners received a $10 gift card for their participation. Entrants who were 3 and younger received a participation prize.
 

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Safety Drawing Contest winners named

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