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.




New online form helps people ask BNSF about safety of railroad bridges



Do you have safety questions about a BNSF railroad bridge? We’ve created an easy-to-use online form to help you ask us about it directly. Just provide the location of the bridge, your contact information and any specific concerns or questions you have. You can even upload images of the bridge. Check it out!

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires railroads to inspect every bridge on their network once a year. Bridges on BNSF’s core routes are typically inspected three times per year, exceeding that standard.

We’ve got more information about rail bridge safety for you on bnsf.com.

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New online form helps people ask BNSF about safety of railroad bridges

Investing to improve safety in the Pacific Northwest

 Freight rail is by far the safest mode of ground transportation. At BNSF Railway, we continue to invest in new technology and infrastructure improvements to make it even safer. 

Click the image to enlarge. Visit http://www.bnsfnorthwest.com for more about how our employees are working to improve safety in the Pacific Northwest and across our 32,500-mile rail network.  

BNSF is investing in safety in the Pacific Northwest and across our network

 

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Investing to improve safety in the Pacific Northwest

BNSF supports Vancouver Energy crude-by-rail terminal

Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is hosting a series of public hearings in Washington state to receive comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Vancouver Energy, a proposed crude-by-rail terminal to be built at the Port of Vancouver.

 
BNSF supports the efforts of joint venture partners Tesoro and Savage to site and build this terminal. Vancouver Energy is a project that can create thousands of jobs, with $1.6 billion in wages and more than $2 billion in economic impact for Washington. It can reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil by replacing up to 30 percent of imports to the West Coast with domestic oil.
 
 
This PDF has more information about the project and BNSF's safety and environmental performance in the Pacific Northwest.
 
 
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BNSF supports Vancouver Energy crude-by-rail terminal

Staples Historical Society receives donation from BNSF Railway Foundation

The Staples Historical Society (SHS) in Staples, Minn. received a $25,000 donation from the BNSF Railway Foundation on Jan. 7 that will help pay for the restoration and improvement of an important piece of railroad history, the Staples Northern Pacific Railway Depot. 

The depot was constructed by BNSF predecessor Northern Pacific Railway in 1909. The two-story building represents the Classical Revival architectural style and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. In 2008, BNSF transferred ownership of the depot to the SHS.

Since obtaining the depot, the SHS has worked to replace the depot’s roof and modernize the plumbing, electrical and cooling systems. The society hopes to convert the second floor of the depot into the Staples Historical Society Museum. 

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Staples Historical Society receives donation from BNSF Railway Foundation

BNSF trains carry freight from largest container vessel ever to visit a U.S. port

A BNSF intermodal departs the Port of Los Angeles after taking on freight from the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container vessel ever to visit a U.S. port. The ship, which can carry nearly 18,000 20-foot containers, docked in Los Angeles on Dec. 26. It will take 10 trains to transport BNSF's share of the cargo, more than 2,500 containers, inland.

 
 
 

The Benjamin Franklin will operate a regular service between Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif. and several ports in China. After its Los Angeles visit the ship stopped in Oakland. It departed yesterday afternoon to cross back over the Pacific Ocean, carrying a range of commodities including machinery and parts, cotton, sorghum wheat, corn, soybeans, barley, oats, and chemical products. 

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BNSF trains carry freight from largest container vessel ever to visit a U.S. port

Largest container ship ever to visit U.S. arrives in L.A. Dec. 26, welcomed by a BNSF intermodal train

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin at Port of Los Angeles

The CMA-CGM Benjamin Franklin docked at the Port of Los Angeles for the first time at dawn on Saturday, Dec. 26 and is now unloading. It's the largest container ship ever to arrive at a North American port. It's 1,300 feet long, 177 feet wide and its cargo capacity is equal to nearly 18,000 20-foot containers. 

 
The Benjamin Franklin is longer than the height of the Empire State Building. It's nearly 300 feet longer than the aircraft carrier U.S.S. George H.W. Bush. It's wider than a football field, and it's as high as a 20-story building.
 
BNSF Railway was there to welcome the ship with an intermodal train ready to take on many of its containers and transport them inland.
 
It will take 10 BNSF trains to move its share of the cargo, more than 2,500 containers, to inland intermodal facilities including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and Memphis. From there the containers will continue by truck to their destinations.
 
A TEU is a twenty-foot equivalent unit, a term used to indicate a ship's cargo capacity. It refers to a 20'x8'x8' cargo container. The longer 40'x8'x8' cargo container equals two TEUs. 
 
Benjamin Franklin is a brand-new ship delivered to CMA-CGM on Dec. 4. It launched on Dec. 10.
 
The ship will provide regular service connecting several Chinese ports with Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif. Its next stop is Oakland on Dec. 31.

Closeup of containers on CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin in early morning hours at Port of Los Angeles Dec. 26, 2015

Benjamin Franklin arrived at Port of Los Angeles at dawn on Dec. 26, 2015
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Largest container ship ever to visit U.S. arrives in L.A. Dec. 26, welcomed by a BNSF intermodal train