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.




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