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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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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BNSF train honors first responders in Montana communities

First responders and their families climbed aboard the BNSF First Responder Express in Billings, Mont. on Sun., June 12. The train ride was a way to honor and thank first responders from surrounding communities in Yellowstone County.

Before the trip, the BNSF Railway Foundation presented a $10,000 check to the Yellowstone County Fire Council.

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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.