Burlington Northern

The Burlington Northern Railroad (reporting mark BN) was a United States-based railroad company operating between 1970 and 1996. Burlington Northern Railroad was the product of a March 2, 1970, merger comprising the Great Northern Railway, the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway. Consent for this merger came only on the fourth attempt dating back to the days of James J. Hill, but for many years they shared a headquarters building in Saint Paul, Minnesota, until the merger was finally approved. On November 21, 1980, the former St. Louis - San Francisco Railway was acquired. In 1981 corporate headquarters of parent Burlington Northern Inc. were moved to Seattle, Washington, and in 1988, after its non-rail operations were spun off as Burlington Resources, to Fort Worth, Texas. On December 31, 1996, the Burlington Northern merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway. The Burlington Northern traversed the most northerly route of any railroad in the western United States. This route started at Chicago, Illinois and ran west-northwest to La


  • Work continues at Seattle oil train derailment

    The Associated Press 11 hours ago
    SEATTLE (AP) — Railroad crews have reopened tracks where an oil train derailed early Thursday in Seattle, but work continues on three damaged tanker cars. Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) says the line reopened at 5:45 ...
  • Oil train derails in Seattle rail yard; no spill

    The Associated Press 1 day ago
    Oil train derails in Seattle rail yard; no spill
    SEATTLE (AP) — Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard early Thursday, but it alarmed environmentalists. "This is a warning of how dangerous this could be," said Kerry McHugh, communications ...
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    Coroner: Human remains belong to missing man

    The Associated Press 2 days ago
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say human remains found in rural Larimer County belong to a Thornton man who went missing nearly six years ago. The sheriff's office said Tuesday a jawbone and other remains of 51-year-old Robbie Wardwell ...
  • Cramer: Rail service must improve by harvest, CP progress slow

    Agweek Magazine 4 days ago
    FARGO, N.D. -- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway reported 3,908 past-due agricultural rail cars as of July 17, down about 14 percent from the previous week's 4,561. The past-due single-car orders were an average of 26.6 ...
  • BNSF deal sets Verona, ND, plan

    Agweek Magazine 4 days ago
    VERONA, N.D. -- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Red River Valley & Western railroads have come to an agreement on shuttle train rates for Verona, N.D., to all export ports. The deal allows the James Valley Grain cooperative ...
  • EXCHANGE: Artist creates 30 years of rail memories

    The Associated Press 1 week ago
    Ron Hatch
    GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Artist Ron Hatch has been creating the annual Railroad Days poster for about three decades, and a look at his combined work of 29 posters since 1985, is an engaging view of locomotive history, railroad history and ...

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