Why we're here

BNSF, BN, ATSF, GN, NP, SLSF. No matter which line we worked for, whether for 30 years or one, we are part of something big. Something that matters.

Nobody has to tell you freight rail is important. You know the central role it plays in the U.S. economy. You know what railroads built by bringing the products people need to live their lives. You helped make it happen.

But everyone doesn't see it that way. In a time of many competing interests and perspectives, it's easy for some to lose sight of the importance and the benefits of freight rail and transportation infrastructure in general.

It's beneficial to everyone when informed citizens join in the national conversation about transportation, because freight rail is crucial in meeting our economy's needs for energy, housing, food, clothing and consumer goods.

Who better than us to bring that perspective?

The public needs to know

Retirees and former employees of BNSF and its predecessors are a large and far-reaching population. We're members of communities around the western United States, including many cities that were born because of railroads.

It's time for us to become a community, to stay in touch and keep each other informed of the railroad's latest trends and challenges, so we can all be informed participants when our friends, neighbors, community leaders and local news media talk about the railroad.

The BNSF Alumni Association aims to help that happen.

Upcoming Events

The Alumni Association will be hosting occasional gatherings for its members at locations around the network. If you're an alumnus of BNSF or a predecessor living near an upcoming event and would like to join so you can take part, contact us.

Billings, Mont., Fall 2017

Date pending

Request to be added to invitation list. Let us know which company you retired from and when. We'll send you more information as it becomes available.

Past events

  • Nov. 2, 2016: Seattle
  • Oct. 28, 2015: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
  • April 7, 2015: Vancouver, Wash.



Grandchildren of BNSF retirees eligible for Safety Drawing Contest

BNSF’s Safety Department is once again sponsoring the annual safety drawing contest. Entries will be judged and prizes awarded for the grand prize winner and for each age category. The age categories, determined by the child's age on May 12, 2017, are as follows:

  • 3 and younger (no single winner; all entries receive a participation prize)
  • 4-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-11
  • 12-14
  • 15-17

The theme this year is “What can we do to keep each other safe?”

At BNSF, nothing is more important than our employees and workers returning home safely at the end of the workday – as well as maintaining their safety focus at home and when engaged in hobbies. One way employees are helping to achieve this is through their commitment to Approaching Others About Safety.

Prizes: $100 gift card for grand prize winner; $50 gift card for category winners


Here are the rules and instructions if your grandchild would like to participate.

Let's spread the word about freight rail!