16 Facts About BNSF Railway


BNSF Railway is one of the largest freight railroads in North America.

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BNSF Railway Company is the principal operating subsidiary of parent company Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the railroad's parent company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc, of Omaha, Nebraska.

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Regional Toledo, Peoria and Western BNSF Railway obtained trackage rights over BN from Peoria to Galesburg, Illinois, a BN hub where it could interchange with SP .

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In Texas, BNSF Railway received rights in several directions from the Houston area: west over UP to San Antonio, with a branch to Waco, and continuing over SP to Eagle Pass ; south over UP to Brownsville; east over SP to New Orleans ; and northeast over SP to Memphis with a branch on UP to Little Rock.

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UP, in return, got a few short sections of trackage rights over BNSF Railway, mainly connecting the SP at Chemult to the UP at Bend, Oregon, and connecting the SP at Mojave, California with existing UP rights on ATSF at Barstow, California.

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BNSF Railway continued projects started by its predecessors, most notably BN's work on reopening Stampede Pass.

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Shippers and the Surface Transportation Board expressed concern and surprise about the timing, since the merger that produced BNSF Railway had been the only one in the 1990s that did not cause severe deterioration in service.

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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's main contribution to BNSF was the Southern Transcon, a fast intermodal corridor connecting Southern California and Chicago.

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BNSF Railway directly owns and operates track in 28 U S states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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Administrative purposes, BNSF Railway is divided into two regions and ten operating divisions.

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BNSF Railway operates various facilities all over the United States, plus a yard in Winnipeg, to support its transportation system.

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BNSF Railway operates numerous transfer facilities throughout the western United States to facilitate the transfer of intermodal containers, trailers, and other freight traffic.

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BNSF Railway has direct control over a total of 33 intermodal hubs and 23 automotive distribution facilities.

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BNSF Railway system is divided into 13 divisions grouped into three regions.

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Line used by New Mexico Rail Runner Express was sold to the state of New Mexico, but BNSF Railway retained all freight rights on the line and operates freight trains as needed.

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Since 2006, BNSF Railway's locomotives designated for yard work or local trains have been painted in the Heritage IV scheme.

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