Headline: BNSF completes Pecos River Bridge, adds more double track to Southern Transcon

Pecos River Bridge construction
 
BNSF is working to complete the second main line along the limited remaining sections of single track on BNSF's Southern Transcontinental route that runs from Los Angeles to Chicago. 
 
As part of that effort, BNSF’s Engineering team recently completed construction of the Pecos River Bridge in Fort Sumner, N.M., over which the double mainline track will run. The bridge structure itself is complete, and the track installation will be finished this summer.
 
"Adding the second main track over the Pecos River on this high train density section of the Southern Transcon allows us to continue to provide transportation services that consistently meet our customers' expectations while allowing us to continue to grow our franchise," said John Wiederholt, general director line maintenance, Engineering-South.
 
Once this section of track is put into service later this summer, BNSF will only have four miles of single track on the 2,200-mile Southern Transcon.
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Headline: BNSF completes Pecos River Bridge, adds more double track to Southern Transcon

Happy Father's Day from BNSF!

 Happy Father's Day 2016

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BNSF employees dedicated to agriculture

BNSF employees are dedicated to the success of our agricultural customers. Katie Hofmann, market manager, Feed and Grain, is one of many BNSF employees who have a personal connection to agriculture. She grew up on a ranch in southeast Montana where her family raised cattle and grew wheat, oats and barley. "I have family as well as friends that are still in the industry," says Hofmann, "and so for me, coming to work every day is not only for the sucess of BNSF but also the success of my family and friends."

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BNSF Machinist builds fully functional miniature locomotive

After nearly 40 years of railroad employment, Machinist Dick Fankhauser of Alliance, Neb. rounded out his career with a final, very unique project. Fankhauser, who retired from BNSF on Jan. 29, built a fully functional miniature locomotive. Measuring approximately 18 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 6 ½ feet tall, the locomotive will be used at BNSF family events and parades, where rides will be given to children and adults alike.

“Everything on there had to be built by hand,” he said. “I did nearly everything myself.” While the design plan was already in place, Fankhauser was responsible for handling everything else except the decals, which were made by a Carman, and the wiring, which was done by an Electrician.

He calls this project one of the most rewarding of his career, “This project is something I’ll look back on for years to come.” 

 

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From farm to table: What it takes to deliver

Moving agricultural products to the dinner tables of millions of people requires a supply chain of combines, tractors, trucks, elevators, trains, more elevators, barges, ships, mills, food production, distribution, a store, a grocery sack and finally… that table.

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BNSF sustainable campus project saves 2.5 million gallons of water and adds a splash of color

Firewheels or indian blankets at BNSF headquarters campus
 

These wildflowers are firewheels, also known as indian blankets, and right now they're covering much of BNSF Railway's headquarters campus in Fort Worth, Texas. They're part of a BNSF sustainability initiative that has already saved 2.5 million gallons of water.
 
Since October 2015, the railroad has been converting the grounds from a traditional manicured lawn to a native Texas short grass landscape. These native plants don't require watering, saving millions of gallons of water. The project is also significantly reducing the need for mowing, fertilizer and herbicides – supporting a more natural ecosystem.
 
The transition will be a multi-year process. The plan is to mow two to four times per year. The next mowing will take place once the wildflowers have gone to seed, which usually is around the first of June. At that point, the turf will be shorter and similar to a native grass meadow, about 12-18 inches high.

 

Wildflowers in front of BNSF sign at headquarters in Fort Worth

Wildflowers on BNSF campus in Fort Worth, Texas.

Firewheels cover much of the BNSF campus in Fort Worth.

 


 

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BNSF's re-spray facility in Pasco, Wash.

 

To further enhance our coal dust control and mitigation program, BNSF Railway opened a re-spray facility at its rail yard in Pasco, Wash. in 2015. BNSF has also been treating unit trains of petroleum coke in the facility. This facility adds another layer in an already well-proven program to control coal dust.

Learn more about our environmental protection efforts in our annual review

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BNSF's re-spray facility in Pasco, Wash.

How Centralized Traffic Control makes rail traffic more efficient

Typically trains move in one direction on each line of a section of double track. Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) and crossovers allow trains to travel on both lines of double track in either direction, increasing the network's capacity.

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How is a rail network like your circulatory system?

 The BNSF rail network requires scheduled checkups to make sure it's healthy, and regular maintenance to keep it that way. 

 

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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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