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BNSF employees have been handling heavy snowfall along parts of our network in the north. Railroading means operating in the elements, but our team members know how to work in these conditions and do it with expertise and dedication for our customers. This short video from Lemmon, S.D. during the last week of December 2016 shows what snow-clearing work looks like.
BNSF Railway hosted nearly 250 officers on the Law Enforcement Express on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Fort Worth, Texas. The special train trip hosted officers from 50 North Texas law enforcement agencies to thank them for their work in communities where BNSF operates and for their assistance to BNSF.
Congratulations to Burlington Junction Railway (BJRY), BNSF’s Shortline of the Year! BJRY operates in eight different locations spanning Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. BJRY moves approximately 15,000 carloads annually, shipping commodities such as sand, lumber, tallow, resin and frozen foods. Most notably, since the formation of their business in 1985, BJRY has not had a single reportable injury in their 31 years of operation. Thank you to everyone at BJRY for your dedication to safety, customer service, and growth investments.
BNSF's Red River Division sponsored a Make-A-Wish train ride in Fort Worth on Oct. 22. The eighth annual train ride started at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards Station. The train took approximately 400 kids and their families for a three-hour trip through the North Texas countryside. More than 75 BNSF employee volunteers worked alongside face painters, balloon artists, storytellers and business partners to help make the trip a success. The BNSF Railway Foundation also presented a $5,000 donation to The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas to help grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
BNSF Railway worked with CSX and two humanitarian organizations to move a trainload of relief supplies for hurricane survivors in Haiti. A 1,500-foot relief train departed Saturday evening, Oct. 15, from BNSF's intermodal facility at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in Edgerton, Kan., carrying 40-foot containers. The 45 containers bearing 1,000 tons of supplies arrived in Miami early on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Thirty-eight of the containers are loaded with 11.8 million meals, and the remaining seven contain tarpaulins, baby food, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and paper products. “All around our network, our employees are giving back to their communities, and BNSF matches that enthusiasm,” said Ron Johnson, BNSF regional director, hub and facility operations. “This has been an opportunity for BNSF to give back on a global level, in addition to the work we do in local communities along our network.” At BNSF, the effort involved more than 100 employees working together over four days to plan and execute the shipment. Disaster relief organization Mission of Hope contacted BNSF, saying they had gathered a large sum in donations to help people in Haiti, but had no way of shipping supplies, or even getting them to a port. BNSF agreed to help and to pay the cost of the shipment, and CSX agreed to help as well. Time was of the essence so the containers could reach Miami in time for the next available ship to Haiti. Cargo containers, trucks and drivers had to be lined up, and the containers had to be driven to the Convoy of Hope distribution center in Springfield, Mo. to be loaded with supplies. Convoy of Hope had an extra-large crew on hand, working through the night for two nights in a row to load the containers. BNSF worked to line up the right type of railcar and build the train while the containers were being trucked to LPKC from Springfield. The train was loaded and departed the facility a day ahead of schedule. From LPKC, the train traveled to Birmingham, Ala. There it was handed off to CSX, which moved the train to Jacksonville, Fla. In Jacksonville, CSX handed the train off to short line Florida East Coast Railway for the final leg of its trip to the Port of Everglades in Miami. The supplies will be loaded aboard a ship bound for Haiti, where they will be distributed among hurricane survivors by Mission of Hope.
We are pleased to announce the release of our annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report. The report highlights our focus on continuing to enhance safety, as well as efforts to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions through more sustainable operations.
“We are proud of the role we play moving freight in the global supply chain, and in this report we provide a look into how we partner with our customers, suppliers and communities to make our business safer, more efficient and sustainable to build a better tomorrow,” said John Lovenburg, BNSF vice president for environmental.
A full copy of the report is available on BNSF’s website at www.bnsf.com/corporateresponsibility
A BNSF intermodal train crosses the newly installed second mainline track spanning the Pecos River in Fort Sumner, N.M. With a route that covers more than 2,200 miles, this new three miles of second track moves this important Southern Transcon corridor ever closer to being completely double-tracked. Just four miles of single track remain on this route connecting the West Coast to major intermodal markets such as Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Kansas City. And like this newly completed section in Fort Sumner, the remaining four miles require two new bridges to be built. More track means more capacity for BNSF customers.
The Village of Downers Grove, Ill. and the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security worked with BNSF Railway to conduct an emergency response training exercise near BNSF's tracks Wednesday, Aug. 31. More than 30 agencies participated in the training, which was part of BNSF’s ongoing collaboration with first responders to help them learn the various techniques for responding to incidents involving a wide range of hazardous materials.
Video: BNSF cranes load intermodal trains (341.22 KB)
BNSF Railway has 25 intermodal facilities around its 32,500-mile network. At these facilities, we use cranes to load containers on and off trains for further movement on the railroad or movement by trucks to their final destinations. These containers carry products you use every day like electronics, clothes and appliances. BNSF's wide-span electric cranes, used at some locations, produce zero emissions on site, and even use gravity to generate electricity while they work. Watch video
“I have always said that BNSF is a great company made up of great people, and I thank every one of our hard-working, dedicated team of employees for helping BNSF continue to play a vital role in supporting and strengthening our nation’s economy. We are proud to be a key link in the North American supply chain. It is a role that all of us at BNSF Railway take very seriously,” says Carl Ice, BNSF Railway’s president and chief executive officer.
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