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 Railway 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 Railway 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

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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