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.




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

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