Clinton Watkis, field sales manager: Making Connections in the Pacific Northwest

Clinton Watkis moved to the Seattle area for his sales manager role at BNSF Railway, and says he never wants to leave the Pacific Northwest. He says BNSF takes its environmental stewardship responsibilities seriously.

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Clinton Watkis, field sales manager: Making Connections in the Pacific Northwest

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

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

Kansas City, Kan. first responders and families take a special train ride with BNSF

Police and firefighters in Kansas City, Kan. and their family members went for a special train ride July 21 aboard BNSF Railway's First Responder Express. BNSF also made a donation to the S.A.F.E. program (Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment), which provides financial assistance for the families of first responders in a nine-county area in Kansas and Missouri who lose their lives in the performance of their duties.

 

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Kansas City, Kan. first responders and families take a special train ride with BNSF

BNSF asks for your support against Spokane City Council's proposal to fine oil and coal trains



BNSF is proud to have been part of the Spokane community for more than 130 years. The nearly 4,000 BNSF employees in Washington share our commitment to safely and efficiently transporting Washington's products to the world. BNSF now needs your support to defend and preserve that ongoing legacy, by contacting the Spokane City Council  about its proposed law to impose a fine on oil and coal trains.

The Spokane City Council has decided to place on the ballot an ordinance restricting the transportation of coal and oil by rail through the city. We share the council's focus on safety, but this is the wrong approach to safety.

If enacted into law, this illegal ordinance would have a chilling effect on the local and state economy. In fact, it would be preempted by federal law - at a cost to Spokane taxpayers. If it were ever enforced, this law would slow the movement of Washington agricultural products and other goods to market, while creating uncertainty for businesses looking to invest in the city.

And it could make Spokane less safe by forcing more fossil fuels to be carried by trucks on local roads and highways, next to local motorists using those roads.

Freight rail is by far the safest mode of ground transportation. BNSF continues to invest billions to upgrade and maintain rail infrastructure and deploy advanced technologies to make it even safer.

And it's paying off. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, the past three years have been the safest in U.S. rail history.

BNSF stands ready to work with federal, state, and local leaders to continue to improve safety while maintaining the efficient flow of commerce to and from Spokane.

In the meantime, we need your support! Please use the link below to contact the Spokane City Council no later than Sunday, Aug. 14. Urge it to rescind its decision and keep the proposed ordinance off the November ballot.

Please voice your opinion!

Visit BNSFNorthwest.com/Spokane to learn more about the ordinance and to contact your elected officials.

 

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BNSF asks for your support against Spokane City Council's proposal to fine oil and coal trains