Who We Are

Our Railroad

BNSF Railway is one of the largest railroads in North America, serving the western two-thirds of the United States and three Canadian provinces. BNSF is the product of nearly 400 different railroad lines that merged or were acquired over the course of 160 years – culminating in 1996 with the merger of the Burlington Northern Railroad and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. In 2010, BNSF became part of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

While many different railroads combined to form BNSF, the people who worked at those railroads shared many traits. The people who built BNSF were — and continue to be — a unique breed, blending the forward-thinking of dreamers with the pragmatism of results-oriented business leaders. This heritage played a central role in settling and growing the American West, and today, BNSF continues to have a significant impact in meeting the needs of shippers and keeping the U.S. economy moving.

Our People

BNSF team members drive the railroad’s success. We pride ourselves on the talent and diversity that our 44,000 employees bring to BNSF. Our workforce prioritizes a focus on safety in an evolving industry while exuding tough-minded optimism. The family oriented culture, competitive compensation plans and outstanding career growth opportunities create an environment that motivate team members to spend the longevity of their career at BNSF.


Safety is at the foundation of BNSF. Daily, we encourage and create a culture of compliance and commitment. We value training employees to align with the company vision of creating an injury and accident-free environment while caring for one another. This vision is put into practice through our successful Approaching Others Program, which encourages our employees to speak up when they see opportunities for coworkers to improve their safety practices. BNSF also promotes safety within local communities by training 10,000+ firefighters in communities across our rail network to respond to rare rail incidents. Thanks to our employees’ commitment, a carefully maintained network and equipment, and well-prepared communities, BNSF is a safety leader in the rail industry.


BNSF places a high value on creating and maintaining a diversified workforce and has been widely recognized with industry awards and honors. Our awards include being recognized as an outstanding and diverse work environment, top employer for U.S. military veterans and a great place to work for information technology professionals. We recognize the importance of people’s experiences, education, skills and ideas across our workforce. This diversity of thought helps us continue to be one of the most successful railroads in North America.