BNSF Railway : The largest freight railroad network in the U.S

06-07-2018

(USKings.us) The BNSF Railway Company (reporting mark BNSF) is the largest freight railroad network in North America. BNSF is one of seven North American Class I railroads and has 44,000 employees, 32,500 miles (52,300 km) of track in 28 states, and more than 8,000 locomotives.

It has three transcontinental routes that provide rail connections between the western and eastern United States. BNSF trains traveled over 169 million miles (272 million km) in 2010, more than any other North American railroad.

According to corporate press releases, the BNSF Railway is among the top transporters of intermodal freight in North America. It also hauls bulk cargo, including enough coal to generate around ten per cent of the electricity produced in the United States. With BNSF's large system, it hauls many different commodities, most notably coal and grain, as well as intermodal freight.

The creation of BNSF started with the formation of a holding company on September 22, 1995. This new holding company purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and Burlington Northern Railroad, and formally merged the railways into the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996. On January 24, 2005, the railroad's name was officially changed to "BNSF Railway," using the initials of its original name.

BNSF operates various facilities all over the United States, including a yard in Winnipeg, to support its transportation system. Facilities operated by the railway include yards and terminals throughout its rail network, system locomotive shops to perform locomotive service and maintenance, a centralized operations center for train dispatching and network operations monitoring in Fort Worth, and regional dispatching centers.

 According to wikipedia


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