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.




Historic landmark, out of sight since 2012, has a new home

Famous Santa Fe sign from Railway Exchange building in Santa Fe

Recognize this? 


It's the famous Santa Fe sign that sat atop the Railway Exchange Building in Chicago for many years. Now it has a new home near the entrance of the Illinois Railroad Museum in Union, Ill.

The 70-foot, internally lit sign was the second of two signs to grace the building while the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) had its offices there, and for 21 years after ATSF relocated. ATSF merged with Burlington Northern (BN) to form BNSF in 1996, but the sign remained a Chicago landmark until 2012. 

A grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation enabled the Illinois Railroad Museum to restore the sign, and on Oct. 29 the museum unveiled it.

Famous Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway sign

Santa Fe sign

Santa Fe sign at night

Santa Fe sign atop the Railway Exchange Building in Chicago. It was removed in 2012

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Things Congress can do to boost the economy

 Five things Congress can to do boost the economy

Here are five important issues the next U.S. Congress can address to enhance freight rail’s ability to boost our economy

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Things Congress can do to boost the economy

Congress urged to support smart freight rail policies

 The next Congress should support smart freight rail policies.

For American prosperity, BNSF Railway encourages the next Congress of the United States to consider the smart freight rail policies outlined in this commentary. 

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Congress urged to support smart freight rail policies

Video: A look at BNSF's intermodal cranes

BNSF Railway has 25 intermodal facilities around its 32,500-mile network. At these facilities, we use cranes to load containers on and off trains for further movement on the railroad or movement by trucks to their final destinations. These containers carry products you use every day like electronics, clothes and appliances.

BNSF's wide-span electric cranes, used at some locations, produce zero emissions on site, and even use gravity to generate electricity while they work.

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Video: A look at BNSF's intermodal cranes

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