Women EnRoute Chair Brooke Owens.
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Showing Support: BNSF’s Women’s Network and Women EnRoute

Though the rail industry is predominantly male, females continue to have an increasing impact. BNSF is committed to a fully inclusive environment, and we’ve established resources to help every BNSF employee reach their full potential. Two great examples include our Women’s Network business resource group and our Women EnRoute groups across the network.

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Women in Rail: Mothers and Daughters Share Working for the Railroad

Railroading is an occupation often passed down through the generations. Many BNSF employees have a family history in railroading. In honor of Women’s History Month, we look at three mothers who proudly pass their enthusiasm for their work to their daughters. They have a lot in common, especially their love for their children and the railroad.

(Photograph Courtesy of BNSF)
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Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at BNSF

Our recent Diversity and Inclusion Summit in Fort Worth, Tex., brought together employees from across the country to learn how to further Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at BNSF.

(BNSF Photograph)
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BNSF: Historic Duluth Elevator, Dock Resume Operations

Ulysses S. Grant was president, America was made-up of just 37 states and BNSF predecessor Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad (LS&M) started service in the port city of Duluth, Minn.

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The Next Adventure for Leaders: BNSF’s Experienced First Line Supervisor Program

BNSF is a crucial part of our nation’s supply chain, and our mission is to safely and efficiently move freight to its destination. Helping to lead our operations are first-line supervisors, some of whom joined us through the Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) program.

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In the Blood: BNSF Employee’s Railroad Heritage Goes Back Six Generations

Railroading has been integral to our nation for almost two centuries, and for many families, it has been an important part of their heritage, too. BNSF locomotive engineer Brett Wodke is a sixth-generation railroader, starting with his great-great-great grandfather. Here’s a look at the Wodke family’s impressive history.

Photo Courtesy of Wayzata Historical Society: Wayzata Depot around 1920
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A Home for History: Wayzata Section Foreman House From Great Northern Days To Be Restored With Support From BNSF

On the northern shore of Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota lies Wayzata, a town platted by Oscar E. Garrison in 1854. A year later, Wayzata settlers built a sawmill, hotel and blacksmith shop, creating a flourishing economy and commerce center for the area.

Cyrus K. Holliday Played Instrumental Role in Topeka’s Founding

Editor’s Note: As Railway Age announces BNSF President and CEO Katie Farmer as our 2023 Railroader of the Year, we take note of legendary railroader Cyrus K. Holliday, who founded BNSF predecessor

Willmar, Minn., Rail Bypass Photograph Courtesy of BNSF.
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Watch: BNSF Completes Willmar Bypass

​​“And now I can retire,” Randy Anderson, a BNSF locomotive engineer based in Sioux City, Iowa, said recently. “For years I have said that as soon as the bypass is complete, I’m hanging up my boots. The new bypass allows train crews to keep on moving through this area. It’s a really good thing and will continue to benefit the railroad and community for years to come.”

(Photograph Courtesy of BNSF)
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Trackathon: BNSF’s ‘American Idol’ for Innovation

Many businesses are rising to the challenge of operating sustainably to reduce their impact on our planet. At BNSF, we’re also finding more and more ways to contribute to long-term sustainability, including tapping members of Team BNSF for new ideas.

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