A BNSF train hauls grain in Montana. BNSF hauls enough grain to supply 900 million people with a year's supply of bread, and enough fertilizer in one year to fertilize a field the size of Kansas. In 2014, BNSF hauled 974,535 carloads of agricultural commodities.
BNSF No. 6674 leads a double-stacked intermodal container train through mountains in the Scenic Subdivision in Washington state. Each double-stack intermodal train can take 280 trucks off the highways, resulting in lower emissions and fuel consumption. A BNSF train can haul one ton of freight 500 miles on one gallon of diesel fuel.
BNSF's Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) Intermodal Facility in Edgerton, Kan., opened in October 2013. LPKC is a more than 1,550-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF's newest intermodal facility.
BNSF started using drones – technically called unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – to assist in addressing disruptions to our rail traffic, called service interruptions, in 2015, when heavy rains impacted our tracks around Valley View, Texas. Since then, our capabilities for harnessing drone technology to better serve our customers have only advanced, in large part due to a partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Jay Jurek, locomotive machinist, explains how his team learns from each other and work together to create a safe working environment while repairing locomotives for the BNSF network. Jurek says although they may be working in difficult conditions at times, he finds the job very rewarding and would recommend it to anyone who's looking to join a new career.
BNSF's replacement of its Washougal River Bridge in Camas, Washington last year shows how we apply innovative techniques to upgrade our infrastructure while keeping safety and environmental considerations front and center.
Have you heard of co-location? It involves BNSF helping a customer locate a distribution center or warehouse near one of our intermodal facilities. This helps your company to reduce transportation costs, thanks to a shorter round trip and more truck turns to get your freight into our facility. A great example is Kubota, the tractor and heavy equipment company. Kubota says its relationship with BNSF has brought significant business advantages.
The mechanical shops in Havelock, Nebraska, were established in 1891 by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad and have always been an important part of the northeastern Lincoln community as well as an integral part of keeping BNSF operations running. Recently, the shop produced its 3 millionth wheelset, a milestone resulting from hard work, advancements in technology and some good old fashioned pride in workmanship.
BNSF crews moved key assets out of harm’s way as waters rose and are now steadily bringing flood-damaged parts of the network back to operation. This one-minute video shows how the recovery is progressing.
Vehicles, chemicals, lumber, steel, pipe, fertilizer, petroleum products, wind energy equipment, transformers and generators are just some of the products we move for our customers to keep their supply chains consistent and cost-effective.
Flagstaff, Arizona broke a 104-year-old snowfall record in February with three feet in a single day! BNSF set up a command center to coordinate efforts between the signal, track, mechanical and transportation teams to keep trains running safely. Check out how they handled this historic winter storm.
Extreme weather is not new to BNSF, especially on the northern line from the Pacific Northwest to Minnesota, where blizzards can cripple operations. That's why we have the tools, training and resources – like avalanche forecasters – available to help mitigate winter weather.
Since the inception of our railroad nearly 170 years ago, BNSF and our predecessor railroads built ties with tribes and pueblos along our network. These relationships were often fostered from local problem-solving and based on individual friendships.
BNSF is proposing to replace the rail bridge over Salmon Bay near the Ballard Locks in Seattle. Input is being sought from the maritime community about our proposed design, which would be a vertical-lift bridge with 155 feet of vertical clearance for tall ships to pass through.
When the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway established what became known as the Southern Transcon route in the 1880s, parts of the Southwest were now accessible with relative ease. Since then, BNSF has invested in the expansion of the Southern Transcon, making it rail's super highway.
No matter what we are moving, nothing is more important than safety at BNSF. With all shipments, our core focus is always on safety through prevention, mitigation and response to any potential incident. That's why every year we offer specialized training for local first responders in communities and tribal nations located along our network.
You may not know the name, but you’ve probably got their apparel in your closet, and BNSF helped get it there. SanMar, the nation’s leading supplier of wholesale apparel and accessories, reaps the benefits of working with BNSF’s 12-member Intermodal Solutions Team.
At BNSF, we move big stuff. And by big stuff, we mean objects that may weigh as much (or more) as 22 bull African elephants. Find out how we coordinate these moves and help customers get from point A to B.