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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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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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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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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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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This Day in BNSF History: FDR visits Glacier National Park

 
Today in BNSF history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited the Two Medicine Valley in Glacier National Park on August 5, 1934. When FDR gave a national radio address from the park, he expressed the wish that “every American, old and young, could have been with me today.” As one of FDR’s greatest passions, the preservation of America’s land through national parks is one of the most influential legacies of his presidency. 

“There is nothing so American as our national parks,” FDR said. “The scenery and wild life are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in the process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle.”

BNSF predecessor railroad Great Northern Railway played a major role in the development of Glacier Park, building trails, roads and hotels to promote tourism to the park, with the railroad providing transportation.
 
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Unleash your creativity with this locomotive coloring page for National Coloring Book Day!

National Coloring Book Day image with BNSF locomotive

Today is National Coloring Book Day! Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he [or she] grows up.”

Here’s a coloring page for your kids – or for you! – to unleash your creativity. Click on the image for a larger version you can download and print.

Email us your work at communitymanager@bnsf.com and mention the name and age of the artist. Or, post it on Facebook or Twitter and remember to include the hashtag #BNSFinColor. We’ll publish the best one here and send the winner a Friends of BNSF T-shirt! 

 

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BNSF employees support Fort Worth’s Patriot House

As a proud employer and supporter of veterans, BNSF jumps at the chance to help military veterans. Recently, BNSF employees in Fort Worth had such an opportunity. Patriot House, a non-profit organization founded in 2005 under the umbrella of the Presbyterian Night Shelter, is dedicated to providing homeless veterans housing and basic life necessities. Having a need for supplies, BNSF employees generously responded by donating and collecting four pallets of goods, including microwaves, two bicycles, coffee makers, blenders, sheets, blankets and towels, in just a week’s time.

With the ultimate goal of helping veterans in need find employment and homes of their own, the recently donated items will be given to veterans moving into their own apartments and homes.

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Mystery map of Great Northern, Northern Pacific networks turns up in BNSF archive

 
Look what turned up in a warehouse where BNSF stores historical materials! Uncovered in 2010, this impressive 6-foot by 18-foot railroad map has unclear origins. Dated by experts to somewhere between 1923 and 1935, the map was found in a canister labeled: “President Office-Great Northern Railway-St. Paul, Minnesota.” 

One of the most notable features of the map is the fact that both the Great Northern Railway and the Northern Pacific Railway are indicated in black. Normally, only the home road would be black. It’s thought that the map might have been used as a promotional tool for the merger attempt between the two railroads in 1927.
 

The map is now prominently displayed at the BNSF headquarters campus in Fort Worth, in a high-traffic corridor across from an employee common space.

The map itself is very fragile, since it is hand-painted in what appears to be tempera paint on paper that is about 90 years old, mounted on handkerchief-thin linen. Because of this, the map is protected by five pieces of Plexiglass mounted with stand-off bolts. This display method affords a great view of the map while protecting it from ultraviolet rays from sunlight and fluorescent lighting.

If you can shed any more light on the story behind this map, we’d love to hear from you!
 
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Alliance, Neb. is latest recipient of BNSF’s Heritage Community Award

BNSF has honored Alliance, Neb. with a Heritage Community Award. The award recognizes towns that embrace their past, present and future ties to freight rail. Alliance has had ties to BNSF for over a century, and continues to celebrate its railroad heritage and continuing prosperity.

A crowd gathered to witness Andrew Johnsen, BNSF assistant vice president community affairs, announce the award. Johnsen praised the relationship the railroad has had with the city of Alliance for more than 100 years.

The BNSF Railway Foundation also presented $5,000 donations to three area non-profit organizations that help build the community through programs for youth: the Alliance Bulldogs Backpack program, the Alliance Public School Foundation and the Alliance Area Family YMCA.

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Alliance, Neb. is latest recipient of BNSF’s Heritage Community Award

BNSF successfully helps military with massive mobilization effort

BNSF recently supported the first-ever rail deployment of a Heavy Brigade Combat Team from the Minnesota National Guard. 

Minnesota Division employees based in Little Falls, Staples, Superior and surrounding areas assisted in loading and safely moving nearly 1,000 pieces of equipment, including Humvees, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and Abrams tanks, as well as 120 containers for the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division. More than 400 rail cars traveled 2,234 miles from Camp Ripley to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Eight trains safely departed central Minnesota over the course of nine days.

 

A single-track spur from Little Falls, Minn. serves Camp Ripley, with an additional two tracks inside the facility. Both were used for loading.

“Camp Ripley is a new territory with close clearance points and different walking conditions,” said Brian Whitmill, brakeman, “so we were on our toes.”

A team inspected and staged empty cars at Staples Yard before trains were built and inspected again. The National Guard representatives then loaded cars at Camp Ripley, and released them to BNSF Mechanical employees for additional inspection.

“This kind of operation is not something we deal with on a daily basis, with cars needing to be lined in a specific order, so we briefed a lot more,” said Chadd Nelson, road foreman of engines.

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BNSF wishes Boeing a happy 100th birthday

 

Happy 100th birthday, Boeing! BNSF Railway congratulates the world’s largest aerospace company and its more than 150,000 employees on a century of success.

BNSF is proud to be an integral part of your sophisticated supply chain — an innovative logistics operation that supports the manufacturing of the world’s most popular airplanes.

We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.

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BNSF unveils new “pocket park” in downtown Topeka

Next time you’re in downtown Topeka, be sure to check out the BNSF Railway Pocket Park!

BNSF’s pocket park is one of eight such parks developed as part of the larger “Imagine Downtown” redevelopment project in Topeka, Kan.

The dedication was held Thursday, June 30, at 10th and S. Kansas Ave, with BNSF President and CEO Carl Ice in attendance. The park features a bronze statue of the first president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) and cofounder of Topeka, Cyrus K. Holliday.

The park also includes a scale model of a modern locomotive created by craftsmen in the BNSF Topeka Shops and a railcar wheelset that has been turned into park benches.

Photo above: The miniature locomotive featured in the park was built by employees at BNSF’s Topeka Shops.

A crowd gathers for the unveiling of the pocket park.

 

Carl Ice, BNSF president and CEO, shakes hands with Vince Fry, Downtown Topeka president and CEO. To the left Vice President of Corporate Relations Zak Andersen, and Regional Public Affairs Director Andy Williams.

 A railcar wheelset was turned into a park bench.

 

Carl Ice, BNSF president and CEO, rings a locomotive bell that was refurbished for the park. 

 

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BNSF unveils new “pocket park” in downtown Topeka

Making Connections in the Pacific Northwest, Part 3: Justin Piper

Justin Piper, BNSF assistant director hazardous materials, lives in the Pacific Northwest. He works tirelessly to ensure the railroad ships hazardous material safely, and trains first responders in how to respond to incidents.

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

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