Author: BNSF Railway Corporate Communications

AT&SF Bicentennial Locomotive Requiem

It was 1976, and the U.S. was celebrating its 200th birthday by turning everything red, white and blue. Commemorative bicentennial souvenirs abounded, and many companies tied their products or brand to the observance.

At BNSF, Women Finding a Career Track

As part of Women’s History Month, observed in the United States each March since 1987, BNSF reflects on the contributions of women and what makes the Class I railroad a great place to work—for current and future women in railroading.

BNSF: Giving Back to the Communities We Serve

Your first thought of Thanksgiving may bring fond memories of family, food, football or turkey-induced naps, but at its core, the national holiday’s meaning is rooted in gratitude. While Turkey Day gives us a specific day devoted to being grateful for life’s gifts, the BNSF Railway Foundation works all year to show our appreciation through charitable giving to the thousands of communities along our network.

Senior Engineer I Rachel Flott analyzes diesel fuel to determine the ash content. The fuel is ignited to allow it to burn until only ash and carbon remain. (Photo and Caption: Courtesy of BNSF)

BNSF Testing Lab: Choosing the Right (and Safe) Materials

We all remember the beginning of COVID shutdowns and empty store shelves last year. Cleaning and disinfecting products were some of the hardest to find. Like most Americans, the team at BNSF had to change course quickly to secure an adequate supply of those elusive items.

Between UAS and inspection teams on the ground, BNSF covered 130 miles of affected railroad after Hurricane Ida. Looking for track washouts, structure damage, and signal and crossing outages, every section of railroad was checked. Clean-up crews followed with excavators, chainsaws and grapple trucks, for instance. (Photo: Courtesy of BNSF)

BNSF: Bracing for Impact, Restoring Service

Hurricane-force winds can knock freight cars off the track. Fast-rising water is strong enough to wash crossties out from underneath the rail, leaving the steel suspended like streamers. Impact from debris can destroy entire bridges. And when power lines are downed, critical signal and communications systems are disabled. Here’s how BNSF prepares for recovery when hurricanes like Ida approach.

BNSF Plastics Customer Pivots to Aid Health Workers

Editor’s Note: The following story was posted on the Rail Talk area of the BNSF website. It is shared here in its entirety, with permission. We think it presents yet another useful example of how the rail industry is performing an essential service in the national supply chain, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. — William C. Vantuono

Answering the Call: BNSF Keeps Supplies Moving in Times of Crisis

Editor’s Note: The following story was posted on the Rail Talk area of the BNSF website. It is shared here in its entirety, with permission. We think it presents a useful example of what the rail industry is doing as an essential service in the national supply chain, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. — William C. Vantuono