BNSF Retirees

Retirees

 


Join the BNSF Alumni Association

BNSF is starting an alumni association for retirees of BNSF or its predecessor railroads. The BNSF Alumni Association will be hosting occasional gatherings for its members at locations around the network as well as inform members of the railroad’s latest trends and challenges. Visit www.bnsfalumni.com to join.

 

Safety Drawing Contest open to kids and grandkids of retirees

Children and grandchildren of BNSF employees and retirees are invited to enter the 2018 BNSF Safety Drawing Contest!

The theme this year is “For safety’s sake, let’s communicate.”

The Safety Drawing Contest provides an opportunity for a parent/guardian to talk about the importance of safety with a child and our strong safety commitment at BNSF.

Safety Drawing Contest

Deadline for entry: Friday, May 4, 2018

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

Age categories: All entries will be judged, and prizes will be awarded for the grand prize winner and a winner for each age category. The following age categories are determined by age on May 4, 2018.

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

Rules:

  • Open to children and grandchildren of BNSF employees and retirees; relatives in the immediate household of employees and retirees are also eligible.
  • All entrants must be 18 years of age or younger.
  • The artwork must be drawn or painted by hand using crayons or other art tools. Entrants should draw a picture on this template.
  • One entry per child on the template printed out on an 8-1/2 x11-inch sheet of paper. The entry should include the following information clearly printed on the back:
    • Child’s name, age and home address.
    • The name of the parent/guardian/grandparent who is a BNSF employee, plus title and employee number (for retirees, use title at time of retirement and employee number).
    • Signature of parent, grandparent or guardian.
    • Full work address and 10-digit phone number(s) of BNSF parent/grandparent. Email is optional.
    • Employee’s division, if applicable.

Please mail entries to:

BNSF Railway
Attn: Katharina Miller – Safety Department
2500 Lou Menk Drive, AOB-1
Fort Worth, TX  76131

Note: By signing the submitted drawing, the parent, grandparent or guardian agrees that BNSF assumes non-exclusive use of the entry for any use the company deems appropriate.

BNSF Employee and Retiree Amtrak Pass Privileges Explained

If you are a current or retired BNSF employee hired on or before April 30, 1971, by a BNSF predecessor or legacy railroad, you may be eligible for Amtrak travel privileges.

For the information outlined below:

  • Scheduled retirees must be age 60 and have 30 years of continuous service at retirement to qualify for Amtrak Pass Privileges
  • Exempt retirees must be age 55 and have 25 years of continuous service at retirement to qualify for Amtrak Pass Privileges
IF YOU ARE A (BELOW) WITH A CONTINUOUS SERVICE DATE PRIOR TO APRIL 30, 1962 WITH A CONTINUOUS SERVICE DATE FROM MAY 1, 1962 THROUGH APRIL 30, 1971 HIRED AFTER MAY 1, 1971
Current Employee
  • Unlimited, free transportation on Amtrak, when Amtrak trains are traveling on rail lines owned by your home road*
  • Unlimited, 50 percent fare discounts on any other rail line on which Amtrak travels
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • 12 free trips per year
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • Once 12 free trips are used, employee gets 50 percent off trips on home rail
  • Trips on rail lines not on employee’s home line are 50 percent off
No Amtrak travel privileges
Spouse of employee
  • Unlimited, free transportation on Amtrak, when it travels on spouse’s home road of record as of April 30, 1971
  • Unlimited, 50 percent fare discounts on any other rail line on which Amtrak travels
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • 50 percent off the fare
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • Trips on rail lines not on the employee’s home line are 50 percent off
No Amtrak travel privileges
Retiree
  • Unlimited, free transportation on Amtrak, when you travel on your home road of record as of April 30, 1971
  • Unlimited, 50 percent fare discounts on any other rail line on which Amtrak travels
  • Other accommodations – 50 percent off
  • 12 free round trips per year on home roads
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • Once 12 free trips are used, spouse of retiree gets 50 percent off trips on home rail
  • Trips on rail lines not on the retirees home line are 50 percent off
No Amtrak travel privileges
Spouse of retiree
  • Unlimited, free transportation on Amtrak, when it travels on retired spouse’s home road of record as of April 30, 1971
  • Unlimited, 50 percent fare discounts on any other rail line on which Amtrak travels
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • 12 free round trips per year on home roads
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • Once 12 free trips are used, spouse of retiree gets 50 percent off trips on home rail
  • Trips on rail lines not on the retirees home line are 50 percent off
No Amtrak travel privileges
Dependant of employee or retiree
(must be younger than 18, or up to the age of 25 if he/she is a full-time student)
  • 12 free trips on Amtrak, when it travels on parent’s home road of record on April 30, 1971
  • 50 percent discounts on any other rail line on which Amtrak travels
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • 12 free round trips per year on home roads
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • Once 12 free trips are used, dependents of retirees get 50 percent off trips on home rail
  • Trips on rail lines not on the retirees home line are 50 percent off
No Amtrak travel privileges
Surviving Spouse
  • Surviving spouses of employees hired prior to April 30, 1952, with 19 years of continuous service on April 30, 1971, may be entitled to unlimited free transportation on the home road
  • Surviving spouses’ dependents are not eligible for travel privileges
  • If the surviving spouse remarries, he/she is no longer eligible for Amtrak travel privileges

* The employee’s ‘home road’ is the railroad the employee worked for April 30, 1971, the date Amtrak began its service.

Effective July 1, 2015, Amtrak will no longer provide pass privileges to non-public law freight railroad pass riders (those hired between May 1, 1971 and April 27, 1981). Their pass files in Amtrak’s reservation system will be inactivated on that date.

In almost every case it is more advantageous for these pass holders to travel as a revenue passengers. The fare is lower and there is no 24-hour limitation, nor is there a restriction on the types of services that may be used.

Pass privileges for public law freight railroad pass riders are unaffected, and they will continue to have the same pass privileges they have now.

Do you qualify? Here’s how to get your Amtrak travel card:

  • Call 817-352-4983 to request an application by mail.
  • Complete the application, and mail it to the address provided.
  • Upon approval, Amtrak will send the travel card to the address provided within four to six weeks.
  • Other questions? Please call 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245).