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feature story Railroads La ying Tracks to the Future of Transportation L egends of the American West are inextricably linked with the railroads: great, steaming locomotives, endless miles of track disappearing beyond the horizon, train stations and conductors and sure -- maybe even a cowboy or train robber or two. Part of the ethos that is perhaps a romanticized rendition of times well past, railroads are today still an engine of commerce. While they are not tasked anymore with settling a wild west, they are continuing to break into new frontiers of trade, efficiency and innovation that still finds them pioneering new worlds. For Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway, this is just another live-long day, working on the railroad. For North Texas, it’s a day of trade and prosperity that having a local industry giant like this brings. The Frisco added to the BN 1980 BN and Santa Fe merge to create Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway, the largest rail network in North America at the time 1995 Length of network: 32,500 miles States in network: 28 Canadian provinces: 3 Employees: 46,000 Ports served: 40+ Intermodal facilities: 30 Average trains per day: 1,800 Locomotives: 7,000 Capital investment in 2014: $5 billion Signal locations: 13,200 Bridges: 13,000 Tunnels: Grade crossings: 26,000 Packages shipped on time during typical holiday season: 50 million The company rebrands itself BNSF Railway 2005 89 BNSF is purchased by Berkshire Hathaway for $34 billion 2010 Winter/Spring 2015 www.ntc-dfw.org 21