|The BNSF Railway was created by the 1995 merger of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (ATSF) and the Burlington Northern (BN) systems. Originally, the official name was “Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway” but was simplified in 2005 to the initials only, BNSF. BNSF’s component systems included transcontinental routes in the northwestern and southwestern US, with massive quantities of intermodal traffic. Energy and agricultural products are other major commodities shipped. (More details available at the official BNSF site.)
For the scope of this website: we are endeavoring to post BNSF action and scenic photographs primarily from lines in the Mountain time zone. The former AT&SF transcon route between Chicago and Los Angeles passes through New Mexico and Arizona, averaging a hundred trains per day. BNSF has trackage rights on Union Pacific’s Central Corridor route between Denver and Stockton, CA. BNSF operates dozens of trains per day on the Joint Line between Denver and Pueblo. Coal trains originate in Wyoming and travel through Colorado to Texas power plants, and the railroad handles a fair amount of freight to and from Denver. And in New Mexico, NAFTA (USMCA) trains travel south from Belen through Las Cruces and El Paso to Mexico and back. This line also hosts some unit coal trains.
We have many equipment roster shots. The equipment pages linked at left are not intended to be comprehensive. Rather, they are intended to display a representative sample over time, so that one can get a flavor for the railroad’s equipment.