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.




Headline: BNSF completes Pecos River Bridge, adds more double track to Southern Transcon

Pecos River Bridge construction
 
BNSF is working to complete the second main line along the limited remaining sections of single track on BNSF's Southern Transcontinental route that runs from Los Angeles to Chicago. 
 
As part of that effort, BNSF’s Engineering team recently completed construction of the Pecos River Bridge in Fort Sumner, N.M., over which the double mainline track will run. The bridge structure itself is complete, and the track installation will be finished this summer.
 
"Adding the second main track over the Pecos River on this high train density section of the Southern Transcon allows us to continue to provide transportation services that consistently meet our customers' expectations while allowing us to continue to grow our franchise," said John Wiederholt, general director line maintenance, Engineering-South.
 
Once this section of track is put into service later this summer, BNSF will only have four miles of single track on the 2,200-mile Southern Transcon.
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Headline: BNSF completes Pecos River Bridge, adds more double track to Southern Transcon

Happy Father's Day from BNSF!

 Happy Father's Day 2016

Happy Father's Day from BNSF Railway! Check out our other sites for more jokes only a dad could love:
 
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Happy Father's Day from BNSF!

BNSF employees dedicated to agriculture

BNSF employees are dedicated to the success of our agricultural customers. Katie Hofmann, market manager, Feed and Grain, is one of many BNSF employees who have a personal connection to agriculture. She grew up on a ranch in southeast Montana where her family raised cattle and grew wheat, oats and barley. "I have family as well as friends that are still in the industry," says Hofmann, "and so for me, coming to work every day is not only for the sucess of BNSF but also the success of my family and friends."

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BNSF Machinist builds fully functional miniature locomotive

After nearly 40 years of railroad employment, Machinist Dick Fankhauser of Alliance, Neb. rounded out his career with a final, very unique project. Fankhauser, who retired from BNSF on Jan. 29, built a fully functional miniature locomotive. Measuring approximately 18 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 6 ½ feet tall, the locomotive will be used at BNSF family events and parades, where rides will be given to children and adults alike.

“Everything on there had to be built by hand,” he said. “I did nearly everything myself.” While the design plan was already in place, Fankhauser was responsible for handling everything else except the decals, which were made by a Carman, and the wiring, which was done by an Electrician.

He calls this project one of the most rewarding of his career, “This project is something I’ll look back on for years to come.” 

 

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From farm to table: What it takes to deliver

Moving agricultural products to the dinner tables of millions of people requires a supply chain of combines, tractors, trucks, elevators, trains, more elevators, barges, ships, mills, food production, distribution, a store, a grocery sack and finally… that table.

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BNSF sustainable campus project saves 2.5 million gallons of water and adds a splash of color

Firewheels or indian blankets at BNSF headquarters campus
 

These wildflowers are firewheels, also known as indian blankets, and right now they're covering much of BNSF Railway's headquarters campus in Fort Worth, Texas. They're part of a BNSF sustainability initiative that has already saved 2.5 million gallons of water.
 
Since October 2015, the railroad has been converting the grounds from a traditional manicured lawn to a native Texas short grass landscape. These native plants don't require watering, saving millions of gallons of water. The project is also significantly reducing the need for mowing, fertilizer and herbicides – supporting a more natural ecosystem.
 
The transition will be a multi-year process. The plan is to mow two to four times per year. The next mowing will take place once the wildflowers have gone to seed, which usually is around the first of June. At that point, the turf will be shorter and similar to a native grass meadow, about 12-18 inches high.

 

Wildflowers in front of BNSF sign at headquarters in Fort Worth

Wildflowers on BNSF campus in Fort Worth, Texas.

Firewheels cover much of the BNSF campus in Fort Worth.

 


 

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