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BNSF employee shares kidney, gift of life with his coworker

Every year since 2020, BNSF Switchman Jeffrey Kniert and Locomotive Engineer Donnie Anderson have met with students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks to tell their story. They share a message of hope, inspiration and generosity. In 2019, Kniert donated a kidney to Anderson.

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Nine that shine: BNSF railfan photographers rise to the challenge

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Gulf-to-Rockies dreamers brought rail to northwest Texas with The Denver Road

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BNSF locomotive engineer retires after nearly half century of service

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Safety, resilience and dedication: The Hampson family's enduring mark

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A century of service: The Kessel family’s legacy on the rails

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Tier 4 locomotives pulling for a cleaner future

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Rails and roots: BNSF’s start in Aurora, Illinois

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Amory, Mississippi: Recovering town comes together to celebrate community and history

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Family legacy runs deep in Galesburg

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Friendship forged through railroad life

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Navajo Nation’s plight leads to water-by-rail solution

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BNSF finds VR mechanical training is the real deal

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New portal transforming BNSF customer experience

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CPChem and BNSF: Superior sustainability and service

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Restore, rehab and rehome: That’s the goal of BNSF employee-founded farm animal rescue

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BNSF teams celebrate safety records

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Photo flurry: BNSF railfans have photography down cold

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Celebrating engineering excellence

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100 years and counting, Topeka Santa Fe Band plays on

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From container shipping to artificial intelligence, demand forecasting ensures ‘just right’ service

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Legend and legacy: 175 years of BNSF and counting

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BNSF to Old Man Winter: BRRRing it!

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Higher calling: Train crews have big rewards, tough sacrifices

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Spec-track-ular: Employees capture beauty of BNSF rail network

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Planning for success: How a BNSF employee supports Positive Train Control

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Lincoln, Nebraska: The junction of trains and tradition

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Growth is good: BNSF’s enduring commitment to our customers

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Getting into the 'rithm: New switching technology boosts safety, efficiency

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Cari-ing on a railroad family tradition

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BNSF welcomes Montana Rail Link

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Galesburg: Rails of history, wheels of progress

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Running toward greatness: BNSF employee keeps pushing forward

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How sweet it is: Delivering treats to Mexican candy store via intermodal

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Locomotive winterization: Avoiding ice, ice, baby

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Workin’ – and volunteering – on the railroad 

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Umpire finds railroading career is home base

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No tracks? No problem—that’s why we have transload

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2023 BNSF Sustainability Award Winners: 10 Customers That Are Leading the Way

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BNSF matching gift program makes employees’ charitable donations twice as nice

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Spokane, Washington: The Imperial City

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From high in the sky to desktop, remote crane technology safer and more productive

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Living the dream: From rail fan to conductor

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Winter preparations heat up as cold weather approaches

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Going with the grain to serve elevators big and small

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Love for railroading flows through training manager’s life

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BNSF helping to fuel a sustainable tomorrow

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BNSF’s confection connection keeps getting sweeter with time

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Helping make communities safer, one grant and fire department at a time

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Celebrating 5 years of Rail Talk: Take a walk down memory lane

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BNSF employee’s hobby out of this world

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San Bernardino central to California’s Inland Empire

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BNSF ready to help give Salmon Bay Bridge a lift

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Any time is train time: BNSF employees volunteer their time to help protect the public

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Building the West by rail at Clovis, New Mexico

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BNSF ready for fall: From harvest to market

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Creating a superior customer experience with new, improved technologies

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BNSF employees sharing, caring for youth through birthday boxes

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Logging success in the Northwest

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BNSF celebrates National Wildlife Day with longstanding conservation partnership

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Capacity, efficiency projects demonstrate BNSF’s commitment to growth in the West

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Railfans cross an ocean to photograph BNSF trains

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A family tradition: BNSF family has 223 years of service

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BNSF safety leader recognized for dedication to local first responders in Canada

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Gallup, New Mexico: a place full of surprises

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Crossing replacement: What’s old is new again

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Rising stars: Celebrating BNSF’s intern class of 2023

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BNSF’s Argentine Yard gets facelift in less than 48 hours

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Cicero youths spend the day with BNSF to learn about a great career track

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Near or far, BNSF locomotives stand out wherever they are

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Belen and BNSF: Railroading in the land of enchantment

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Keeping on top of track conditions from down under

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Respect and trust: Employees build strong relationships with coworkers to keep focus on safety

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On your mark, get set, ride! BNSF hosts Special Olympics cycling event

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Needles, California: A railroading oasis

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BNSF employee builds homes and hope

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Coming together to forge a safer, more efficient future through new brake health technology

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June 21: For the love of music

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A new chapter for West Coast freight: How BNSF is ready to support customers’ supply chains

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BNSF’s Tuition Reimbursement Program gives employees’ education a boost

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Driving success: BNSF steps on the gas to help automakers meet surging demand

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BNSF and Uline: Building trust and loyalty is all part of the package

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James J. Hill: The original “Empire Builder”

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Pioneer spirit brought Lubbock and BNSF predecessor lines together

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‘Trains’-forming work and community through diversity councils

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Old friends: Retired BNSF engineer restores locomotive he operated for 41 years

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Artificial intelligence: A new frontier for safety, efficiency and service at BNSF

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BNSF’s Continuous Improvement teams challenge the status quo to enhance service

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BNSF retiree devotes his time to preserving railroad history

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BNSF employees are saving hope for dogs in need

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Green construction: BNSF puts sustainability into facility expansion from the start

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BNSF employee’s volunteer work is the wind beneath raptors’ wings

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Protecting the community: BNSF Employees serve as volunteer firefighters

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Tulsa Dream Center: Doubling the dream

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From trading post to bustling marketplace: How rail transformed La Crosse

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K-9 Faust: A loyal servant’s legacy lives on

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Out with the old, in with the new: How a tie gang replaces ties

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Where tracks to safety begin

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Aberdeen, South Dakota: Where railroading roots run deep

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Coveted Safety Bells ring out excellence

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Showing support: BNSF’s Women’s Network and Women EnRoute

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BNSF’s Technology Awareness Day: An eye-opening experience for high school students

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Incident Command team training: Safety in numbers

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Recipes on the rail: Apple Pan Dowdy, a tasty Great Northern Railway treat

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Taking a look at Winslow, Arizona: Railroad town is rich in heritage

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Breaking the ice between BNSF, first responders: Free training and resources for hazmat response

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Women in rail: Mothers and daughters share working for the railroad

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BNSF’s layers of safety protect employees, communities and trains

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Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at BNSF

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‘Graining’ business again at Duluth: Historic elevator and dock resume operations

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The railway to success in Enid

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BNSF welder competes in Ironman races in honor of his children

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A century-old partnership still ‘flours’ today

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Why Barstow International Gateway is a BIG deal

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Employee’s passion for trains shines through in model railroad

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The next adventure for leaders: BNSF’s Experienced First Line Supervisor program

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In the blood: BNSF employee’s railroad heritage goes back six generations

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13 ‘track-tacular’ photos taken by BNSF employees

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Modeling enthusiast brings love of trains and smiles to senior home residents

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A home for history: Wayzata section foreman house to be restored

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BNSF helps deliver wreaths to honor fallen veterans

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Team BNSF helps fulfill holiday wishes for Cicero boys

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Bringing light to cancer’s darkness: BNSF employees join Light the Night

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Taking care of business, 120 feet up: Bridge deck replacement goes without a hitch

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A tale of two pastimes: LEGO® model train layout takes center stage

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Connecting the Past and Present in Newton, Kansas

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“Braking” news: Key component of Northtown’s hump yard gets replacement and upgrade

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Cyrus K. Holliday played instrumental role in founding of Topeka

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Bridging the gap: New Sandpoint bridge project completed

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Wrapping up extra capacity just in time for holiday season

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St. Paul: The great Midwest nexus

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BNSF retiree and military veteran experiences flight of a lifetime with his family

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New rail bypass in Willmar, Minnesota good for customers, community and railroad

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Taking riders off the road and onto rail: BNSF operates trains for passenger rail services

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Grand visions at a small scale: Model railroaders celebrate BNSF heritage

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Engineer of the Year: John Cech views honor as an award for BNSF’s Engineering team

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Trackathon: BNSF’s “American Idol” for innovation

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Roadmaster's route takes life-saving detour

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History brought back to life: A Northern Pacific passenger car to become a home

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BNSF scholarship program helps employees’ children embark on college and career

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Management Trainee Program: Changing the track-jectory of your career

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An American family’s story is intertwined with the railroad’s

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We’re going ‘loco’ for these unique locomotives

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Production gang boosts network efficiency in Minnesota, just in time for harvest season

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Mandan and Bismarck share a long history with BNSF

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BNSF Sustainability Awards: Six companies that make it look easy being green

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Relationships, trust are keys to BNSF Mexico’s success

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Help spread the word about rail safety

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BNSF employee reaches new heights by competing in Highland Games

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Nine photos that reached the summit

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Summer Intern Program: A great way to start a career with BNSF

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The March for Babies: BNSF employees, families ‘step’ up to help

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BNSF’s Employee Appreciation Special: a rail-y fun way to say thanks!

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BNSF Canada: Celebrating our employees and customers north of the border

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Every rainbow has orange: Pride at BNSF

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How to make summertime a safer time

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These young railfans have trains on the brain

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World class: How accomplished athletes brought their winning spirit to BNSF

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Above and beyond: BNSF’s Safety Employees of the Year

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Good neighbors: BNSF works to preserve wildlife habitat along our network

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Blast from the past: Santa Fe 5704 is back in bicentennial paint scheme

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BNSF employee builds model railroad with skill and engine-uity

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Growing a bright future for generations to come

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At BNSF, the forecast calls for clearer wind data

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Snowplow operators: BNSF’s winter warriors

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Women find a career track at BNSF

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8 snow photos that sleigh

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Leaders Count: A conversation with Tom Williams, group VP of Consumer Products

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Ending the year by spreading good cheer

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There's snow place like a snow shed

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Giving back to the communities we serve: BNSF Railway Foundation

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A lifetime of service: From defending the nation to driving the economy

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Eyes in the sky, feet on the ground: BNSF employee pilots unmanned aerial systems

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How BNSF uses gravity to sort rail cars, build trains

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Sounding the horn for grade-crossing safety

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Only the best: BNSF’s testing lab helps railroad choose the right materials for the job

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Bracing for impact: How BNSF prepares for recovery when hurricanes approach

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Wired Tight: Planning, communication help BNSF employees fight Dixie Fire

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Turntables have been a ‘round’ since the 1830s – and they’re still in rotation

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Track to the future: Southern Transcon work continues a long legacy

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BNSF team jumps in feet first to provide shoes to the community

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Know your railroad ABCs

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Going west: How BNSF predecessors helped shape America’s national parks

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Mud, rock, water and snow: Detectors help BNSF respond to slides and floods

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Totally intermodal: The big facilities that get freight where it needs to go

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Orange is the new green

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Geo car technologies detect what the eye can’t

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Preparing for any event: BNSF provides hands-on ice training for first responders

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Through their own lens: Women railfans capture BNSF trains for posterity

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Five at the forefront: Women make a difference for safety at BNSF

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When temperatures dropped, we didn’t stop

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Recipes on the Rail: Try this French toast cook-off for you and your butter half

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Best in snow: Check out these 10 amazing winter shots of BNSF trains in action

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Online shopping clicks with consumers during pandemic

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Holiday helpers deliver cheer when communities need it most

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Recipes on the Rail: This wintry treat won’t leave you out in the cold

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Plowing ahead: Heavy snowfall is no problem for BNSF’s rotary snowplows

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Recipes on the rail: An autumnal dish from days gone by

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Standing the test of time: BNSF helps preserve Army history

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Tribal nations and BNSF, getting through 2020 together

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Barging in: BNSF brings new rail bridge upriver

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The railroad for tomorrow: How two great lines combined their strengths to create BNSF

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Ahead of the pack: BNSF team helps customers ship canned foods safely

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Freight wonders of the world: How BNSF solved five big engineering challenges

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Living history: BNSF helps Philmont Scout Ranch take campers on an unforgettable adventure

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Precious Cargo: BNSF helps family recover treasured belongings

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BNSF’s ‘uplifting’ technology keeps intermodal containers moving safely and efficiently

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Recipes on the Rail: La Fonda Pudding, a delicious treat from a famous Harvey House

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BNSF dives in to help build an artificial reef

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Gateless in Seattle: BNSF technology eases truck entrance into intermodal facilities

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Social distance training keeps first responders prepared

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BNSF, producers keep food moving to America’s store shelves

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BNSF plastics customer pivots to aid health workers

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Extending a helping hand during COVID-19 crisis

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Delivering what matters: BNSF works with customers to move essential goods during pandemic

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Answering the Call: BNSF Keeps Supplies Moving in Times of Crisis

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Making their mark: Women, art and the West

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Recipes on the Rail: Something Sweet to Enjoy with Your Valentine

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Track of fame: Where Hollywood and BNSF intersect

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Freeze your feed with these 10 winter trains

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Rocky is our goat – and among the greatest of all time!

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Bringing more than trains to your town

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Making a list and checking it twice: A look at BNSF’s Winter Action Plans

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We work round the clock to keep holiday tables stocked, wish lists filled

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Big Red Challenge: Helping veterans overcome obstacles in life and on the course

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Brush with history: BNSF’s art collection tells the story of a railroad and a country

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BNSF customers use rail to ship all sorts of things, even your favorite game day jersey

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Paw-fficer on duty: How BNSF’s K-9 unit helps keep the railroad secure

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BNSF has a longstanding and historically significant relationship with agriculture

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It's a bird, it's a plane...it's BNSF: How we lead the way in advanced drone operations

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BNSF leads the charge on testing battery-electric locomotive

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BNSF firefighting trains help stop wildfires in their tracks

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Trains, tanks and troops: How BNSF has long supported the U.S. military

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Making the grade: How BNSF maintenance is planned and performed

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9 BNSF photos that will put a 'spring' in your step

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Warren Buffett’s Berkyville: BNSF train layout brings big-time fun in small-scale way

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Don’t Let a Photo Op Derail Your Future

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The Wheels at Havelock go ‘round and ‘round

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Artificial Intelligence: A look at how BNSF creates a safer, smarter railroad

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BNSF Logistics Centers: Because One Size Doesn't Always Fit All

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Presidents, Patents and Passengers: How the West was Populated

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Snow and Tell: 9 chill BNSF train photos

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We Go to Great Lengths (and Heights and Widths) for Customers

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There's a map for that at BNSF

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Spreading holiday cheer to military families

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BNSF takes on Avalanche Alley

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BNSF helps deliver Christmas wishes

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BNSF Focuses on Creating Strong and Lasting Ties with Tribal Nations

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BNSF on the Front Line of First Responder Training

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The Southern Transcon: Rail's Super Highway

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Heritage Community Award celebrates BNSF's relationship with railroad towns

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ALL ABOARD! BNSF expresses gratitude to first responders

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