Security - What is BNSF's position on photography of railroad operations?
BNSF appreciates its railfan photographers and thanks them for their interest in BNSF and its trains. For safety reasons, BNSF can’t grant access to its property for photography purposes. Photography of BNSF operations must be done from a safe location outside of railroad property.
Encounters between BNSF police and photographers are generally casual in nature and not documented unless there is a criminal violation or circumstance that would warrant further law enforcement action or enforcement. BNSF Police reinforce guidance on this issue to officers in the field so that continues to be common practice.
We value the support the rail community provides to our officers and rely on their continuing understanding that the intent of any contact by police is part an effort to further the safety of our railway and the communities where we operate.
Our Citizens for Rail Security (CRS) program is an important extension of that effort in which many citizens have passed on important and useful information about activities they have observed. In fact, the idea for CRS even came from BNSF’s police team which championed the idea within BNSF until it became the industry’s first such program. For more information, please visit the CRS website.