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

A single car's journey on the BNSF network

BNSF’s carload network collects single cars from multiple customer locations and places them into merchandise trains hauling a mix of different types of freight. It’s a complex system requiring advanced tools and technology, and coordinated teamwork to ensure deliveries of customers’ shipments are made safely and efficiently. To see how it's done, watch this video and follow the journey of a single car.
 

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A single car's journey on the BNSF network

BNSF employees help return baby owl to its family

BNSF employees gave a baby owl a lift in Fort Worth, Texas!

With the help of a BNSF bucket truck, Brandi Nickerson of Nature's Edge Wildlife and Reptile Rescue safely returned the two-month-old barn owl to its family under a BNSF rail overpass near Haslet, Texas on June 26.

The owl fell from its nest while still unable to fly. Nature's Edge recovered the bird and restored it to full health.

After obtaining permission from the local game warden, Nickerson asked for BNSF's help to reach the nest 18 feet above ground. BNSF provided a truck the same day and worked with local police to direct traffic around the operation. "It was impressive how far BNSF went out of its way to make sure the birds were safe, and everything they coordinated to ensure it was done safely," Nickerson said afterward.

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BNSF employees help return baby owl to its family

BNSF's Logistics Park Chicago upgrades

BNSF has expanded the capacity and capabilities of Logistics Park Chicago, with more track, wide-span cranes with additional lift capacity, and more parking space for containers.


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BNSF's Logistics Park Chicago upgrades

Employee Appreciation Special visits the Twin Cities

BNSF Railway's annual Employee Appreciation Special train visited Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota on June 11 and 12. The train was on a six-state, 10-city tour to thank BNSF employees and their families for all they do for the company. Passengers were treated to a two-hour train ride and refreshments.


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Employee Appreciation Special visits the Twin Cities

How BNSF promotes sustainability

At BNSF, we're proud of the role we play in the economy and in our nation’s supply chain. And while we enjoy inherent efficiencies and environmental benefits, we also believe it's good business and good citizenship to further minimize our impact on the environment and promote sustainability.


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How BNSF promotes sustainability

Clinton Watkis, field sales manager: Making Connections in the Pacific Northwest

Clinton Watkis moved to the Seattle area for his sales manager role at BNSF Railway, and says he never wants to leave the Pacific Northwest. He says BNSF takes its environmental stewardship responsibilities seriously.

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Clinton Watkis, field sales manager: Making Connections in the Pacific Northwest

BNSF congratulates 2016 Safety Employees of the Year

BNSF Railway announced its 2016 Safety Employees of the Year on April 10. These employees exemplify the very best of our many safety teams and strong safety culture. They have demonstrated a significant and consistent leadership role in safety programs and initiatives on our “path to zero” injuries and accidents. 

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BNSF congratulates 2016 Safety Employees of the Year

Children, grandchildren of BNSF employees and retirees eligible for Safety Drawing Contest

BNSF’s Safety Department is once again sponsoring the annual safety drawing contest. Entries will be judged and prizes awarded for the grand prize winner and for each age category. The age categories, determined by the child's age on May 12, 2017, are as follows:

  • 3 and younger (no single winner; all entries receive a participation prize)
  • 4-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-11
  • 12-14
  • 15-17

The theme this year is “What can we do to keep each other safe?”

At BNSF, nothing is more important than our employees and workers returning home safely at the end of the workday – as well as maintaining their safety focus at home and when engaged in hobbies. One way employees are helping to achieve this is through their commitment to Approaching Others About Safety.

Prizes: $100 gift card for grand prize winner; $50 gift card for category winners

Rules

  1. Open to children and grandchildren of BNSF employees and retirees; relatives in the immediate household of employees and retirees are also eligible.
  2. All entrants must be 18 years of age or younger.
  3. The artwork must be drawn or painted by hand using crayons or other art tools.

Entrants should draw a picture on the template, available here.

  1. One entry per child on the template printed out on an 8-1/2 x11-inch sheet of paper. The entry should include the following information clearly printed on the back:
  • Child’s name, age and home address.
  • BNSF parent’s or grandparent’s name, plus title and BNSF employee number (for retirees, use title at time of retirement and employee number).
  • Signature of parent, grandparent or guardian.
  • Full work address and 10-digit phone number(s) of BNSF parent/grandparent. Email is optional.

Deadline for entry: May 12, 2017

Please mail entries to:

 BNSF Railway

Attn: Katharina Miller – Safety Department

2500 Lou Menk Drive, AOB-1

Fort Worth, TX 76131

Note: By signing the submitted drawing, the parent, grandparent or guardian agrees that BNSF assumes non-exclusive use of the entry for any use the company deems appropriate.

For the BNSF family member: Help your child or relative understand that safety is very important at BNSF and at home. Nothing is more important than returning home safely at the end of the workday.

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Children, grandchildren of BNSF employees and retirees eligible for Safety Drawing Contest

K-9 Faust retires from BNSF Railway Police after 8 years, 1 day of service

Thank you for your service, Faust!

BNSF Railway Police said farewell to the K-9, who retired March 3 at the end of his shift after eight years and one day on the job. The award-winning partner of Senior Special Agent Bryan Schaffer was certified in Explosives Detection and Patrol. He is now part of the Schaffer family. Schaffer wrote in a Facebook post, "Faust, thank you for all the good you have done for BNSF and other agencies - but mostly I thank you for getting us both home safe after every shift."


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K-9 Faust retires from BNSF Railway Police after 8 years, 1 day of service

BNSF customers invested more than $3.5 billion in 2016



BNSF today announced customers served by the freight rail provider invested nearly $3.5 billion in 2016. This figure reflects several large investments by customers including the completion of Big River Steel’s new $1.3 billion steel mill. These investments are expected to generate more than 3,000 new jobs in local communities. This marks the sixth consecutive year that BNSF customers and local economic development organizations have invested more than $1 billion in a calendar year for new or expanded facilities.

“Our customers’ investments are a direct reflection of the effective and efficient transportation solutions our rail network provides to a range of businesses and industries,” said Colby Tanner, assistant vice president, Economic Development. “The role of BNSF’s economic development team is to help facilitate and expedite the process of establishing rail service and a transportation infrastructure that is attractive to a variety of industries, which then helps drive investments and employment opportunities across the communities we serve.” 

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BNSF customers invested more than $3.5 billion in 2016

Video: BNSF crews clearing snow near Lemmon, S.D.

BNSF crews have been working in the elements this winter to handle heavy snowfall along parts of our network in the north. This video shows employees and contractors at work near Lemmon, S.D. in early January.

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Video: BNSF crews clearing snow near Lemmon, S.D.

BNSF snowplow in action

Here are some great shots of BNSF snow removal work in the Mobridge Subdivision between Aberdeen, S.D. and Hettinger, N.D. in January. Thanks to our employees for their safe, diligent work in challenging winter conditions along the northern portion of the rail network.



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BNSF snowplow in action

Happy Holidays from BNSF!

BNSF Railway wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday! 

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Happy Holidays from BNSF!

How Chicago's famous Santa Fe sign was preserved, restored and given a new home

Video shows how the iconic Santa Fe sign from the Chicago skyline was restored and put on display at the Illinois Railroad Museum with the help of a grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation. 

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How Chicago's famous Santa Fe sign was preserved, restored and given a new home