Monday, April 30, 2012

BNSF launches interactive network map

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BNSF has announced “a new interactive map highlighting events and activities along its 32,000-mile rail network.”

The Class I railroad says visitors can select markers containing links to news updates, community projects, photos, and videos of BNSF trains in action, as well as historical information. The map displays BNSF’s presence and involvement in many communities across the western two-thirds of the United States.
 
Powered by the Google Maps engine, the map gives users “a bird’s-eye view of the entire network at once or zoom in to focus on a particular area of interest. Users can also filter the selection of map markers using categories such as News, Community, History and Landmarks, and Photos,” BNSF says.
 
The map’s collection of video clips includes two “train’s eye” videos. High-definition cameras were attached to the outside of two BNSF locomotives, facing forward to capture the scenery along two picturesque routes along the network. The first video depicts the scenic landscape of eastern Wyoming along the Canyon Subdivision, and the second shows western Washington’s Scenic Subdivision between the towns of Everett and Baring.
 
To view the new interactive map, access http://map.friendsofbnsf.com.