BNSF releases 2015 Annual Review

“I have always said that BNSF is a great company made up of great people, and I thank every one of our hard-working, dedicated team of employees for helping BNSF continue to play a vital role in supporting and strengthening our nation’s economy. We are proud to be a key link in the North American supply chain. It is a role that all of us at BNSF Railway take very seriously,” says Carl Ice, BNSF Railway’s president and chief executive officer.

Explore BNSF’s 2015 Annual Review to learn about our safety, service, environmental efforts, employees and community support. 

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BNSF Railway launches video series ‘Making Connections’

BNSF employees don’t just work in the Pacific Northwest, they live there too. In this video, Roger Hsieh, BNSF’s agricultural ombudsman for the PNW, says he’s proud to work for a company that helps feed the world and is grateful for the opportunity to call the region home. Hsieh’s role is to interact directly with agricultural producers in the Pacific Northwest and work with them to ensure their needs are effectively served by BNSF.

 

This video is the first in a new series called “Making Connections,” which takes viewers behind the scenes with railroad employees as they provide the safe transportation of people and products across the Pacific Northwest.

 

Learn more about what we’re up to in the PNW at http://bnsfnorthwest.com/.

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BNSF Police crack down on train burglars in California

BNSF Police vehicle and train

BNSF Railway Police recovered more than $1 million in stolen cargo, including clothing and electronics, during raids in Bakersfield and Los Angeles.
 
BNSF asks members of the public to report unusual activity around railroad tracks by calling 800-832-5452. The number is also posted at BNSF crossings.

Here's the full story on Trains Magazine.

 

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Happy National Agriculture Day!

BNSF celebrates National Agriculture Day

Agriculture and BNSF go together like two peas in a pod. On this day, March 15, 2016, BNSF is proud to celebrate National Agriculture Day and the important role agriculture plays in the economy.

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BNSF announces Certified, Rail-Served Sites for development

 

BNSF today announces a new Site Certification Program aimed at identifying optimal rail-served sites for customer development along BNSF’s network. To launch the new program, BNSF developed a list of candidates and conducted in-depth reviews of 10 economic development criteria to determine if the industrial sites meet BNSF’s stringent readiness standards, which are intended to minimize development risks customers may face.
 
 
“BNSF’s Site Certification Program creates significant value for customers who are seeking a rail-served industrial site by accelerating the process required for customer growth and development,” said Colby Tanner, assistant vice president, Economic Development. “BNSF certification means customers will receive an inventory of industrial sites on BNSF’s network that have received a rigorous review to confirm the site is shovel-ready for development.”
 
 
As part of the program launch BNSF is pleased to announce that Shafter, Calif., Newton, Kan., Shelby, Mont., and Temple, Texas, achieved the distinction of demonstrating advanced readiness for industrial growth for commercial development projects. The BNSF program allows the certified sites to use the new “BNSF Certified Site” distinction in marketing materials to attract new businesses. BNSF is actively marketing the sites on bnsf.com and will promote the sites to the economic development industry across the country.

 

Read the full story on the BNSF website.
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Join BNSF in the Fort Worth March for Babies April 16

 

BNSF employees, their families and members of the community will be participating in the Fort Worth March for Babies, organized by March of Dimes, 7 a.m. Saturday April 16 at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, Texas. 

March of Dimes supports research and programs that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The Fort Worth March for Babies expects more than 10,000 walkers representing corporate teams and families.

If you'd like to join BNSF's support of this cause, you can register at marchforbabies.org/team/bnsf . Register by Friday, March 18 and donate or raise at least $25, and you will receive a BNSF T-shirt.

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Why America's rail bridges are safe

BNSF grain train in Montana
America's vast freight rail network stretches across 140,000 miles, carrying millions of tons of freight to every corner of the continent. Vital to this expansive network are thousands of bridges, which allow trains to cross rivers, gorges and ravines that would otherwise be impassable. ​Railroad overpasses also help pedestrian and highway vehicle traffic flow better.
 

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Five Dallas-Fort Worth area students win Black History Month Challenge essay competition

Dallas-Fort Worth area students are recognized during halftime at Dallas Mavericks game on Feb. 21.

BNSF Railway congratulates the winners of the BNSF/Dallas Mavericks Black History Month Challenge! BNSF sponsors the annual essay contest for students attending high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas region. Students wrote essays on the topic “I Have a Dream: How Black History Inspires Me.”  
 
Congratulations to Lena C. from Shepton High School in Plano; Laurence L. from Trinity Christian Academy in Addison; Shalom O. from Summit High School in Arlington; Mabel S. from Uplift Summit International Preparatory in Arlington and Helen V. from Clay Classical Academy in Dallas.
 
The five winners traveled to Memphis, Tenn. for an educational experience in black history, visiting the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the Alex Haley House Museum and Interpretive Center, the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum and the W.C. Handy Home Museum.
 
After returning home, the students stepped onto the basketball court to receive their awards on Feb. 21, during half-time at the Mavericks-76ers game at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
 
Here’s a video of their visit to the National Civil Rights Museum.
 
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Technical Training Center prepares next generation of railroaders

BNSF training facility at Johnson County Community College

BNSF’s main training hub, the Technical Training Center (TTC) on the Johnson County Community College campus in Overland Park, Kan. boasts state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories and equipment dedicated to training and development of engineering, telecommunications, mechanical and transportation employees.

Students include newly hired employees as well as railroad veterans reinforcing past training or learning new skills. In an average year, BNSF trains about 10,000 employees at the TTC.

The locomotive simulators at the TTC are used for certification training for new engineers. Although most other simulators are installed in training rooms at major division locations around the rail network, four portable versions move around the network in mobile trailers for remote training and recertification. Each field simulator is networked back to the TTC, where instructors can monitor up to eight simulators at once.

The TTC also houses four crane operator simulators to help train operators and mechanics. Like locomotive simulators, the crane simulators have the same controls as real cranes and sync to a high-resolution virtual environment. Instructors can simulate weather conditions such as wind and rain to teach crane operators how to control loads in adverse conditions.

 

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Consumer Products employees volunteer at food bank

BNSF Consumer Products business unit employees volunteer at Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Employees of BNSF Railway's Consumer Products business unit recently completed a “Day of Caring” at the Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth, Texas. On January 28, nearly 70 employees in two shifts sorted, inspected and repackaged food for meal donations as both a team building experience and a way to make a positive impact on the local community. The TAFB serves seniors, children and families in need in a 13-county area, collecting food from store donations, food drives, manufacturers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sixty percent of donations need to be sorted, inspected and repacked before distribution, and that's where BNSF volunteers came in.

 TAFB works with more than 300 partner agencies to distribute food. In 2015, the TAFB provided 36 million pounds of food, serving roughly 461,000 people in 146,000 households. 



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CEO joins employees in Topeka for flag ceremony to celebrate company’s long Kansas history

BNSF President and CEO Carl Ice takes part in a ceremony to celebrate BNSF heritage in Topeka, Kan.

Cold weather couldn’t stop President and CEO Carl Ice and BNSF employees, retirees and family members in Topeka, Kan. from celebrating the company's heritage on Jan. 21. The employees held a ceremony to raise a row of 10 flags representing BNSF and its major predecessor rail lines.

BNSF Flag raising ceremony in Topeka, Kansas

Approximately 350 people gathered to watch the flag-raising ceremony outside BNSF's General Office Building. After nine employees raised predecessor flags, Ice completed the ceremony by raising the last flag, that of BNSF Railway.


BNSF employee George Wong raises the Santa Fe (ATSF) flag.


The flagpoles were installed to foster employee pride in the company's 167-year history, as well as its long-standing contributions to the communities where it operates and its role in the growth and development of the United States.

Today's BNSF is the culmination of more than 400 railroad lines that merged or were acquired, starting with the Aurora Branch in Aurora, Ill. in 1849. Historic rail lines represented in the row of flags are:

 

  • Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), also known as the Burlington Route
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF)
  • Northern Pacific (NP)
  • St. Louis - San Francisco (SLSF), also known as the Frisco
  • Denver Road
  • Great Northern (GN)
  • Colorado Southern
  • Spokane, Portland and Seattle (SP&S)
  • Burlington Northern (BN)

 

All BNSF predecessor flags are raised at the end of the ceremony.

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New online form helps people ask BNSF about safety of railroad bridges



Do you have safety questions about a BNSF railroad bridge? We’ve created an easy-to-use online form to help you ask us about it directly. Just provide the location of the bridge, your contact information and any specific concerns or questions you have. You can even upload images of the bridge. Check it out!

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires railroads to inspect every bridge on their network once a year. Bridges on BNSF’s core routes are typically inspected three times per year, exceeding that standard.

We’ve got more information about rail bridge safety for you on bnsf.com.

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Investing to improve safety in the Pacific Northwest

 Freight rail is by far the safest mode of ground transportation. At BNSF Railway, we continue to invest in new technology and infrastructure improvements to make it even safer. 

Click the image to enlarge. Visit http://www.bnsfnorthwest.com for more about how our employees are working to improve safety in the Pacific Northwest and across our 32,500-mile rail network.  

BNSF is investing in safety in the Pacific Northwest and across our network

 

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BNSF supports Vancouver Energy crude-by-rail terminal

Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is hosting a series of public hearings in Washington state to receive comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Vancouver Energy, a proposed crude-by-rail terminal to be built at the Port of Vancouver.

 
BNSF supports the efforts of joint venture partners Tesoro and Savage to site and build this terminal. Vancouver Energy is a project that can create thousands of jobs, with $1.6 billion in wages and more than $2 billion in economic impact for Washington. It can reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil by replacing up to 30 percent of imports to the West Coast with domestic oil.
 
 
This PDF has more information about the project and BNSF's safety and environmental performance in the Pacific Northwest.
 
 
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Staples Historical Society receives donation from BNSF Railway Foundation

The Staples Historical Society (SHS) in Staples, Minn. received a $25,000 donation from the BNSF Railway Foundation on Jan. 7 that will help pay for the restoration and improvement of an important piece of railroad history, the Staples Northern Pacific Railway Depot. 

The depot was constructed by BNSF predecessor Northern Pacific Railway in 1909. The two-story building represents the Classical Revival architectural style and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. In 2008, BNSF transferred ownership of the depot to the SHS.

Since obtaining the depot, the SHS has worked to replace the depot’s roof and modernize the plumbing, electrical and cooling systems. The society hopes to convert the second floor of the depot into the Staples Historical Society Museum. 

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Staples Historical Society receives donation from BNSF Railway Foundation