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 hosts first-ever “First Responder Express” in San Bernardino, Calif.

 

Nearly 200 San Bernardino police officers, firefighters, support personnel and their families took part in the trip aboard several BNSF business cars. The event featured refreshments, a face painter and a balloon artist for the kids (and the young at heart!). BNSF special agents based in San Bernardino were also on board to distribute badge stickers and talk about the importance of safety around rail crossings.

 

The ride departed from the San Bernardino Metrolink commuter rail platform and traveled to Summit on Cajon Pass before returning to the station, providing sunset views of an area that’s usually inaccessible to the general public.

 

BNSF also presented two $5,000 checks, one to the San Bernardino Police Foundation and the other to the San Bernardino Fire Explorers, which provides an opportunity for young people to learn more about firefighting.

 

Andrew Johnsen, assistant vice president, Community Affairs, noted, “BNSF is proud to partner with these dedicated public servants who keep our railroad and our community safe every day. We also thank their families for supporting them in their important work.”

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BNSF hosts first-ever “First Responder Express” in San Bernardino, Calif.

American farmers and BNSF go back a long way

American agriculture and BNSF Railway go back a long way. In the early years, farmers and the railroad depended on each other and survived and flourished because of each other. Today, that relationship still powers BNSF. But we not only work together with farmers, many of us ARE farmers. Because so many of our people have a deep connection to agriculture, they understand the challenges farmers face. That connection drives them to do their best for our agricultural customers every day when they come in to work. Agriculture matters at BNSF.
 


 

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American farmers and BNSF go back a long way

BNSF Railway Police offer reward in Byhalia, Miss. train shooting incident

BNSF is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the person who shot at a train in the late afternoon on May 20 in Byhalia, Miss.  The incident took place at the rail crossing on Highway 309 near East Railroad Avenue.  The shooter is believed to be driving a gold or pewter Pontiac Grand Prix or similar vehicle. Please call (800) 832-5452 if you have information about this case.

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BNSF Railway Police offer reward in Byhalia, Miss. train shooting incident

Deep personal connections to agriculture at BNSF

Agriculture matters to BNSF Railway. At BNSF we not only work together with farmers, many of us ARE farmers. Many of our employees grew up on a farm and still harbor cherished memories of the farming life. Others are still farming today.

In this video we meet BNSF Chief Financial Officer Julie Piggott, who comes from a farming family in North Dakota, and Locomotive Engineer John Knierim, who grows wheat, peas, lentils, canola and corn in Montana. “I remember when we were young we used to take lunch out to my dad every day while he was working the harvest so he could have something to eat, and we’d put a blanket down and treat it like a picnic,” Pigott says.

Piggott, Knierim and many others at BNSF bring their deep personal connection to farming in to work every day and it drives them to do their best for our agricultural customers.

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Deep personal connections to agriculture at BNSF

Video: The American farmer and BNSF Railway

American agriculture and BNSF Railway go back a long way. In the early years, farmers and the railroad depended on each other and survived and flourished because of each other. Today, that relationship still powers BNSF. The evolution of American agriculture has driven the U.S. food supply chain to become the most productive in the world, and we at BNSF are proud to help get American farms’ bounty to tables around the world. 

Many of our employees grew up on farms and understand the challenges our agricultural customers face. Driven by that personal connection, they do their very best for our agricultural customers every day when they come in to work. Agriculture matters at BNSF.

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Video: The American farmer and BNSF Railway

Northern Pacific Railway depot in Wallace, Idaho



The Northern Pacific (NP) Railway depot in Wallace, Idaho was built in 1901. The chateau-style building was constructed using bricks imported from China at a total cost of approximately $9,000. The depot opened on May 20, 1902. The following year, President Theodore Roosevelt visited the town and gave a speech at the NP station. 

 

The depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. In 1986, the depot had to be moved because of construction of a new highway. Many citizens watched the event, which is celebrated every year on the day before Mother’s Day with the Depot Days Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

 

The depot has since been converted into the Northern Pacific Railroad Museum, which is open from April until the end of October. The depot museum, shown in the above photo courtesy of the Northern Pacific Ralroad Museum, is at 219 Sixth Street in downtown Wallace, Idaho. 

 

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Northern Pacific Railway depot in Wallace, Idaho