BNSF Railway Profile & Job Opportunities
BNSF Railway is steeped in tradition and one of the most recognizable railroads in the western half of the United States. BNSF operates over 35,000 miles of track in 28 western states. BNSF employs over 40,000, has annual revenues of over $15 billion, and is a Fortune 200 company.
Like it's primary western competitor Union Pacific, BNSF has grown over the course of time through acquisition. In fact, BNSF states that they are a result of some 390 railroads that have merges or been acquired over the last 150 years.
Primary commodities and products hauled by BNSF
Automobiles, chemicals, coal, consumer goods, forest products, grain, intermodal traffic (containers and trailers), metals, and minerals.
The regions BNSF services and how it got there
The formation of the BNSF railroad stems in large part to how the Burlington Northern Railroad and Santa Fe (Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway) were formed. So let's take a brief look at their history...
Burlington Northern was formed in 1970 when four railroads, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (the “Burlington Route”), Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway merged. Burlington Northern served three primary territories: Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul to Portland and Seattle; Chicago to Omaha, Denver and Montana (including the coal-rich Powder River Basin in Wyoming); and from Denver, Kansas City, and St. Louis to Dallas-Fort Worth, Memphis, and Birmingham, Alabama. Burlington Northern also owned lines from St. Louis through Oklahoma to Texas, and from Kansas City to Birmingham and Pensacola, Florida (thanks to an acquisition of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (the “Frisco”).
The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (“Santa Fe”) dates back to 1859. The Santa Fe stretched from Chicago via Kansas City and Albuquerque to California, serving the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, plus Denver, Phoenix, and extensive parts of Oklahoma and Texas.