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All Aboard!

Springfield Division

October 2005

Every accident or injury is preventable


Gary Griggs, Cuba employee, lends his EMT service in New Orleans to help Hurricane Katrina victims.


Hurricane Help

From left, Bob Ginther, Larry Glossip, John Gafner and Richie Gleghorn win the Springfield Division General Manager's Cup golf tournament for the second straight year.


Veterans Visit

Springfield Region BNSF Veterans Association holds annual meeting in Springfield.


A Springfield team becomes the first towinback-to-backchampionshipsatthe Springfield Division General Manager's Cupgolftournament. John Gafner, Bob Ginther, Richie Gleghorn and Larry Glossip recorded a GeneralManager'sCuptournamentrecord byturninginascoreof20-under-paronthe 18-hole,par72course.Theirroundof52


Town Hall

Matt Rose, BNSF chairman, president and CEO, comes to Memphis for a town hall meeting.


Fishing Fun

Springfield Operation Stop plans a Nov. 5 fishing tourney.

includedfoureaglesenroutetotherecordbreaking performance at Rivercut Golf CourseinSpringfield. "Wejusthadoneofthosegooddays," saidGleghorn,whoholdstwoofthecourse recordsatthevenue."Itwasagoodteam effort." Whilethistournamentwasdesignedin

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BNSF marks anniversary

CelebrationsthroughouttheSpringfieldDivisionandBNSF systemwereconductedSept.22tomarkthe10thanniversary ofTheBurlingtonNorthernRailroadCo.andTheAtchison,TopekaandSantaFeRailwayCo.merger. Forinstance,St.Louisemployeesenjoyedacateredmeal providedtopeopleworkingoneachshift. BNSF has 10 years and rolling, while Dave Clifton, generalmanager,pointsoutthatBNSFanditspredecessorrailroads

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Springfield Picnic

Springfield holds a picnic for employees and their families at Grant Beach Park.

Terry Pind, electrician, left, and Jonathan Wilson, trainmaster, celebrate the anniversary in St. Louis.

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Messagefrom:Dave Clifton, General Manager

Maintaining safe behavior

Itrusteachofyouarefamiliarwith theSafetyResolutionLogandtheprocessofescalatingsafetyissuesyousee while going through your daily jobs. Ifnot,letmegiveabriefoverviewof whatitisandwhatitisnot. Themainobjectivewastodevisea processthatallowseachofyoutotohave aclearinghouseforsubmittedsafetyconcernsthataredocument,addressed,protectedandthencorrectedandlastbutnot least,toprovideyouwitharesponseof actiontakenforcorrection. Issues thatare submittedto theSRLtypicallyfallinthebucketof housekeeping. Some are easilycorrected,suchasvegetationovergrowth and some take quite a while because thefixisveryexpensiveandmayre quirecapitalfundingwhichhastobe escalatedfor authorization. However, intheeventitcannotbecorrectedimmediately,atemporaryfixisrequired to protect the situation, such as slow ordersuntilwegetcapitalmoneyfora longtermfix. This process works and works well.Sinceimplementationover2600 items have been submitted and over 95%havebeencorrected.Supervisors, Safetycommitteemembersateachlocation can provide more information ontheSRLprocess. While this is a good process for housekeepingitems,thelargerproblem wefaceinprovidinganinjury/incident freeworkplaceisthebehavioralbreakdownthatresultsinderailmentsandinjuries.Lettingyourguarddowncauses over 95% of the accidents we see on

Dave Clifton

anannualbasis.Nottakingthetimeto think through the job task at hand or failingtocommunicateeffectivelywith allofourworkgroupmembersbefore westartataskisthelargestsinglecause ofaccidentsandinjuries! Takingthetimetofullyunderstand thetaskandeveryone'sroleiscritical. We adopted the "Brief, Re-Brief and De-Brief"sloganlastyeartodrawfocus on the essential work task. If we really commit ourselves to this fundamentalapproach,I'mconfidentwe canmaketheSpringfieldDivisionthe safestdivisionofBNSFRailway.

Significant safety milestones reached in September

September served as a special month for at least five workgroupsonthedivision. Keokuk TY&E employees reached five years injury freeSept.9,whileStructuresfortheNortheastterritorysurpassedfouryearsinjury-freeserviceSept.19. TheSpringfieldTerminalTY&Eemployeescelebrated threeyearsinjuryfreeSept.16.BlythevilleTY&EandBirmingham Mechanical employees each marked a year of safeproductionduringthemonth. M e a n w h i l e , SteveBarrow beams with pride about 11 work groupsinorworkingout of the Springfield termi nalhavingayearwithout areportableinjury. "Thesearetremendous records," BarGene Ennis, track welder, works on a rowsaid. project near Fort Scott. In addition to the groups achieving significant safety milestones in Septem ber, other work groups throughout the division also have reachedmorethan1,000injury-freedays.AsofSept.26, herearethepocketsofexcellencethroughoutthedivision:

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Centralia Clerical -- 11,382 days Beardstown Clerical -- 9,747 days Tulsa Transportation (clerical/yardmasters) -- 4,330 days West Quincy Clerical -- 4,067 days Memphis Resource Protection -- 3,654 days Jonesboro Signal -- 3,241 days Springfield Structures -- 2,239 days Springfield Clerical -- 2,082 days Memphis Clerical -- 1,992 days Springfield Signal Gangs -- 1,867 days Beardstown East/Brookfield MOW -- 1,771 days Family.Occupation. Muskogee TY&E -- 1,542 days Community.Unity. Springfield MOW -- 1,413 days Success. Tulsa Signal -- 1,293 days Memphis Mechanical (car) -- 1,204 days Thayer North MOW -- 1,138 days Palmyra Signal -- 1,130 days Springfield Terminal -- 1,115 days Springfield Division Electrical -- 1,089 days St. Louis Mechanical (car and loco.) -- 1,074 days Structures Southeast Territory -- 1,021 days


on the Springfield Division Web site! The October 2005 video highlights attitude (with a focus on the 10-year anniversary of the BNSF merger). The video examines how attitude can have a positive or negative impact on a person's work day or environment. Log on to or look for the videos at your terminal.

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Griggs lends service after hurricane

As images flash across television screens, many of us stand in horror viewing devastation seen in Alabama,LouisianaandMississippi after Hurricane Katrina, not knowingthefullextentofdamage. Gary Griggs, Cuba Subdivision machine operator and 13-year emergency medical technician in Steelville,Mo.,witnessedthescene firsthandandconfirmstheextentof theimagery. "It'sthatbad,"hesaid,sympathetically. Griggs and other Steelville EMTspackedtheirtrucksandtrailers Sept. 5 and made a 722-mile trip to Baton Rouge, to lend their support. Once there, they tended to people in a converted makeshift hospital at a BaGary Griggs ton Rouge auditorium. After one day, they were askedtogoonboatdetail,fulfilling asearchandrescuemissionlooking forpeopletrappedandneedinghelp inNewOrleans. They pulled some people to safety, but found many already dead. "We went on a search for the living, often pulling people out of the water, but many were already dead,"Griggssaid. The Steelville group spent more than 70 hours in Louisiana with little sleep and "doing everything they could" before making another 722mile trip on their Sept. 9 return to Steelville.Knowingtheydidthebest theycould,Griggsandhispeerswere glad to have served in this time of need. Whileimagesontelevisionserve asanaccuratedescriptionofthearea's devastation, according to Griggs, he said other elements cannot fully be portrayed about the severity of the situation. Griggs spent nine years withtheU.S.Navyfrom1984to1993 andhasbeento14countries,includingthird-worldcountries.Hestillwas surprisedbytheLouisianascene. "Thesmellandscenerywasoverwhelming,"hesaid,notingmanytimes peoplewouldputonmasksfilledwith Vicks VapoRub to combat the smell. "Ifyoucanthinkoftheworstsmellin your life, you could multiply that by 10." Water in the area was so toxic with floating decomposing bodies, trash,bodyexcrementandsuch,thatif apersongotanywateronthemselves, theywouldalmostinstantlybreakout in a rash, Griggs said. He was told that a method to measure contaminants in New Orleans water found it tobeabout100timesworsethanmost contaminatedwater. The Steelville people took shots for tetanus and HepatitisA and B, if needed,beforemakingthetrip. Griggs and others had "baby wipe baths" and lived on mostly militaryrationMealsReadytoEat. They want to thank people in Missouri for supporting their trip. The weekend before they left, they collected$10,500andagooddealof non-perishableitemsfromSteelville area people to give to Red Cross, whichtheydid. Railroaders who know Griggs arenotsurprisedbyhisactiontoput himselfonthelineandhelpothers. "Gary is a dependable, hardworking guy," said Cotton Smith, Cubaroadmaster,addingthatGriggs has worked for the railroad since 1992. Griggs and his wife, Roben, married21years,havetwosonsand a daughter. Griggs and the other Steelvillerespondersstayedincontactwithfamilyathome,whilefamily members stayed "glued" to the television praying these Steelville respondersweresafe. Griggs, 40, considers being an EMT and doing things like this as hisduty. "Somewhere in my heart, I know I was brought on this earth to help people," he said, adding he thinks everyone needs to help othersasmuchaspossible."Ididn'tgo down there for any glory. We just heardthattheyneededhelpandwe wantedtodothat."

Five division employees impacted by hurricane

HurricaneKatrinatookitstollonthousandsofpeople,includingahandfulof BNSFemployees.FiveSpringfieldDivisionemployeesandfouremployeesfrom theGulfDivisionincurreddamagetotheirpropertyduetohighwindsandwater. Inresponse,BNSFhascometotheiraidthroughdonationsandtheBNSFHardshipFund.Fortunately,noneoftheemployeessustainedinjuriesorcompletelossof property. Most of the property damage incurred by the employees on the Springfield Divisionhasbeenconfinedtoroofandwaterdamage.

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A BNSF signal employee surveys hurricane damage to a rail yard in Louisiana.

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Proven record puts people on track

Bringing management or military experience from outside the railroad,threepeoplehaveaccepted jobs to become division front-line supervisors. Devlin Aubert embraces his opportunity at Tulsa to become a terminal trainmaster. Meanwhile, Jim Contizano will be working in Springfieldasamechanicalsupervisor and John Neel takes his opportunity as a terminal trainmaster in Birmingham. Each of these employees were hired Sept. 12 through the BNSF Experienced Front-Line Supervisor program, which brings in people with military or management experience from outside the railroad. Theyreceivetrainingabouttherailroad and, within sixmonths,could be ready for their managementjob. "We can get individuals who have a proven track record outside the railroad Devlin Aubert as leaders," said Hervey Ely, manager human resources,Memphis."Theycanbring freshideas.It'sagreatprogram." ···················· Aubert,whogrewupintheNew Orleans area, brings management experience from various organizationswithhimtoTulsa. Aubert, 38, graduated from Grambling University in Grambling,La.,withabachelor'sdegree inmanagement. He worked as a men's apparel storemanager.Aubert,mostrecently,servedasaprojectdirectorfora parkingcompanyinchargeofparkingmeteroperations. A friend of his who works for BNSF in Texas told him about the

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possibilitieswiththerailroad. Aubert applied onlineandlooksforwardto making the most of his opportunity. "I want to learn as much as I can," he said. "Ilovethechallengeand I'm excited to come in anddoagreatjob." Auberthasfourchildren. He enjoys playing and watching sporting events, jogging and weightlifting. ···················· Contizano,41,comes to the railroad with 20 Jim Contizano becomes a Springfield mechanical supervisor. years of military experiTulsatolearntheroleofaterminal encebehindhim. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, trainmaster. andservedintheArmyfrom1982to Neel, 30, has worked for CingularWirelessandwasasupervisor 2002. Contizano also has a degree as for three years with United Parcel an electrician from Mississippi Gulf Service. Born and raised in BrokenArCoastCommunityCollege. row, Okla., he earned a bachelor's HethenwenttoPearlRiverCommunity College to study automation degreeinmanagementin2003from OklahomaStateUniversity-Tulsa. andcontrols. With his wife's family living in Neelexpressesexcitementabout Missouri, the Contizanos moved to comingtotherailroad. "I am eager WillowSprings,Mo. Contizano will be working as a tolearnandthere mechanical supervisor at Springfield are a lot of great on both the car and locomotive side. people in Bir He said he's ready to jump in, learn minghamtoteach me,"hesaid. anddohisbest. "I'm not afraid to get my hands He found out dirty,"hesaid."Iknowtherailroadis about the opporastrongorganizationandI'mexcited tunity through a John Neel friendwhoworks tobehere." Contizano and his wife, Jennifer, fortherailroadinTulsa. married13years,haveason,Jimmy, Neel is confident that he has made a great career choice to join 3. Inhissparetime,Contizanolikes therailroad. In his spare time, Neel enjoys tohuntandfish. golfing, watching movies, riding ···················· NeelmovestoBirminghamfrom bikesandexercising.

BNSF employees repair a damaged bridge in Louisiana after the hurricane.

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BNSF matches employee donations

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Some Birmingham BNSF Veterans Association meeting attendees arrived early in Springfield to participate in the Springfield Division General Manager's Cup golf tournament. They include, from left, Bill Williams, Paul McGraw, Fred McGraw and Bill Allen.

Meanwhile, BNSF has loaned threegeneratorstoGulfDivisionemployees,allofwhomlivenearBaton Rouge. The fourth employee has a personalgeneratortouse. As a reminder,if you would like to donate to the Hurricane Katrina Fund,BNSFwillmatchyourdonation 100 percent through the MatchingGift Family.Occupation. Program until Community.Unity. Success. Nov. 30. For employeesdonatingbycheck,please writeyourchecktoUnitedWay,and inthememo/notesectionwrite:HurricaneKatrinaResponseFund. AlsoonyourMatchingGiftform, intheline"Fund,Foundation,Association"writeUnitedWayHurricane KatrinaResponseFund. To donate, click on http://www. Please remember that the Hurricane Katrina Response Fund is a special exception to the eligible recipients of BNSF's Matching Gift program.DonationstotheHurricane KatrinaResponseFundwillbeseparate from donations gathered during localBNSFUnitedWaydrives.

Veterans meeting held in Springfield

Proclaiming pride by BNSF andSpringfieldDivisionemployees oftherailroadheritageandlooking at a "bright future," Dave Clifton, general manager thanked BNSF veteransfortheircontributions. Cliftonservedasaguestspeaker at the 21st Annual Springfield RegionBNSFVeteransAssociation meetingbanquet. "I don't think we've ever had abrighterfuturethanwedonow," Clifton said. "This railroad has 150yearsandcounting." Bill Williams, association regional director, thanked Clifton foraninterestingspeechandhis cooperationwiththeevent. "It was a great weekend foreachmemberwhoattended," Williamssaid. Theannualmeetingofficial lybeganSept.16andwrapped upSept.18atClarionHotelin Springfield. Some retirement club members came to Springfield early so they could participate in the Sept. 14 Springfield Division General Manager'sCupgolftournament. TheseBNSFveteransalsoconductedabusinessmeetingandwent onaTableRockLakedinnercruise.

Dean Bush, Memphis retiree, left, and Hugh Hendrix, Tulsa retiree, talk about railroad memories.


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Memphis Tow

BNSF grabs more market s

WithBNSFmarkingits10thyear sincethemergerbetweentheBurlington Northern Railroad Company and TheAtchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Co., Matt Rose, chairman, p r e s i d e n t "All we have a n d C E O talks about to do is a greatpast provide decade and transportation looksahead toapromisservices that ingfuture. BNSF is consistently rolling, he meet our said. "As we look at customers' 10 expectations" the pastwe years, -- Matt Rose constantly havetoask,"Arewearemakingprogressforouremployees,customersand shareholders?"Rosesaid. Theanswer,Rosesaid,is"Yes." Roseconductedatownhallmeeting Sept.19nearMemphisatWhispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center inOliveBranch,Miss.Morethan100 divisionemployeesrepresentingmost craftsattended. In 1996, the first full year since themerger,BNSFheld41percentof the market share compared with its competitorUnionPacificRailroad's51 percent.Throughthefirsteightmonths of2005,BNSFhassurpassedUPand now holds nearly 48 percent of the market share, while UP has about 46 percent.Roseremindsemployeesthat UPwillfightbackandworkhardinan attempttoregainmoremarketshare. But BNSF can retain it, he said. "It'ssimple,"Rosesaid."Allwehave todoisprovidetransportationservices that consistently meet our customers' expectations." Ifweprovidetheservice,wewill reapthegrowth,hesaid.That,inturn, leadstojobsecurity. Future success will be driven by concentratingonBNSF'sfivestrategic initiatives:People,Growth,EaseofDoingBusiness,ServiceandEfficiency. Listeningtocustomersanddoing what it takes to meet their expectationshasalwaysbeenakeyvalueof BNSF. Focusing on safety, empowering employees and showing concern for their well-being and respect for their talentandachievementsalsoremains anothercriticalsharedvalue. Forinstance,therailroadusedtolookatsafety and say achieving a 2.5 injury-frequencyratiowas thegoal.Today,a2.5ratio wouldbeamongthelowest 10 percent in the railroad industry. The challenge nowistoachieveatleasta 1.0ratio.BNSFhaslarge sections of its workforce operations better than that standard. Specific employeebased initiatives focus on Bill Bagley, Memphis employee, right, talks with Matt Rose after behavior and safe producthe town hall meeting. tion as well as Engineer All Aboard!

Division employees gather Sept. 19 at Whispering Wood meeting with Matt Rose, chairman, president and CEO, pi

ing'sFiveCriticalDecisions,Mechanical's SevenAbsolutes of Safety, and Transportation's Rule 6.5 and Train HornRule. Rosedetailedbusinesssuccesses, including a record-breaking second quarterthatincluded7percentgrowth in coal revenue compared with the secondquarterin2004.Alsoincomparison to the 2004 second quarter, consumer products revenue grew 19 percentduringthisyear'ssecondquarter,whileagriculturalcommoditiesand industrialwerebothup16percent. With respect to Memphis, Rose said plans call for continued work to transform the Memphis terminal to accommodate forecasted growth in intermodalvolumes.Trackimprovements will be made to move more trafficalongtheAvardSubdivisionas wellasKansasCitysouththroughthe FortScottandThayersubdivisions. Questionswereraisedbyemployeesconcerningeverythingfromplans for adding to Memphis infrastructure toeliminationofsomelessproductive lines. Mark Johnson, division general

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share, can continue growth

siontohelpsomehotspots."Wereallyhaveanaggressivemaintenance plan,"Johnsonsaid. DaveClifton,Springfield Divisiongeneralmanager, highlighted the demand forBNSFservice. In a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story, reportedbyBNSFTodayonSept.11,BNSF had an impressive 8.7 percent profit margin, better than Southwest Airlines and two major nationwide trucking companies,J.B.HuntandYellow Roadway.Thearticlealsodiscussed how intermodal technologies and the growing importance of importshelpedBNSFputupimpressivenumberssofarin2005andtoremainrelativelyimmunetothetroubles of industry competitors, airlines and truckingcompanies. "Ihopeyou'reproudtosayyouare partofthis,"Rosetoldpeopleatthe Memphistownhallmeeting."We're outtheremakingarealdifferencefor theeconomy." RosesaidintheFortWorthStarTelegram story that BNSF is in a sustained era where railroads are no longer economically vulnerable becauseofovercapacityorlackoffreight growth. He pinpoints the rail industry's singular achievement:After decades offlatordecliningbusinessvolumes, excesstrackandcarcapacity,railroads nowoperateaslimmed-downsystem about30percentsmallerthanaquarter-centuryagoasimportsandfuel-efficiencydemandsmakerailadesired modeforshippers. Rose ended the meeting by sincerelythankingeveryonenotonlyfor their attendance, but also their hard

BNSF's strategic initiatives

ds Hotel and Conference Center for a Memphis town hall ictured below.

work in helping BNSF to achieve its highlevelofsuccess.

BNSF Shared Values

· Listening to customers and doing what it takes to meet their expectations. · Continuously improving by striving to do the right thing safely and efficiently · Empowering employees and showing concern for their well-being, and respect for their talent and achievements. · Celebrating our rich heritage and building on our success as we shape our promising future.

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ector maintenance, said almost $90 million in italtrackmaintenanceisplannedfor2005onthe ision.Thisincludes50milesofundercuttingon BirminghamSub,50milesofundercuttingand ontheThayerSouthSub,andplanstoenhance minalsatBirminghamandstudyimprovements YaleYards. Manytieswillbeaddedthroughoutthedivi-

General Manager's Cup results

Championship Flight:

1. John Gafner, Bob Ginther, Richie Gleghorn, Larry Glossip (52) 2. Wayne Begger, Jake Holt, Shane Pratt, Brent Stanton (54) 3. Doug Flowers, Kyle Loehnig, Richard Loehnig, Brad Nurski (55) 4. Frank Bigler, Darrel Moreland, Rudy Rinker, Russ Woodbury (56)

A Flight:

34 teams compete

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Even a brief rain shower cannot deter these golfers from having fun at the General Manager's Cup. They include, from left, Russ Woodbury, Rudy Rinker and Darrel Mooreland. This team, also including Frank Bigler, shot a 56 and finished fourth in the championship flight.

1. Dave Clifton, Dan Fitzgerald, Alex Vahldick, Eric Vahldick (59) 2. Casey Estes, Mike Kent, Kenny Rye, Jason Watson (60) 3. Tommy Klepper, Fred Lines, Joe Russell, Carl Vahldick (60) 4. Kenneth Agnew, Mike Clark, Rodney Sims, Steve Underwood (60)

B Flight:

2002tobringpeopletogetherinafun,relaxing atmosphere,teamssharealittlebitofcompetitivefire. Glossipsaidtheyknewtherewerealotof goodteamsamongthe34four-persongroups, who came from throughout the division and region to participate. To win for the second straight year in the fourth annual event, they knew it would take a solid performance, he said. "Wecameoutplayingashardaswecould," Glossipsaid."Wewantedtogeteverypossible teams to stroke we could and each of us hit some key One of the 34 four-personCarl Hicks, compete, include, from left, shots.We'rehappytobethefirstteamtorepeat Kris Chaffin, Steve Keller and Mike Marshall. aschampions." DaveCliftonsaidwhilethenameoftheeventis theGeneralManager'sCup,it'sreallyanemployee tournament. Afteraroundofgolf,participantsenjoyedameal. Raffleprizeswerepresented and awards given for the topteamsandindividualpin prizewinners. JoeRussell,aneventcoorganizer, thanked everyone who donated prizes for the event. Everyoneseemedtohave George Snow Jr. views the alotoffun,Russellsaid. line for his putt. Jason Watson chips in a shot.

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1. Dan Dishner, Wayne Heavin, Bob Mason, Bob Word (62) 2. Bill Dake, Joe Fenski, Ted McQueen, Glenn Rippee (62) 3. Darrel Bellomy, Dan Chapman, Jerry Hall, Todd Kutgen (62) 4. Curt Howery, Bill McDonald, David Rapp, Dale Vance (63)

C Flight:

1. David Carroll, Steve Knorr, Keith Lamar, Ryan Shoener (67) 2. A.W. McBride, David McBride, Taylor Lewis, Ron Spier (67) 3. Dean Bush, Kelly Hand, Don Kent, Allen Kuhn (67) 4. Charles Bryan, George Clinkenbrand, Rich Hagenhoff, Clay Horst (69)

Pin Prizes:

Longest drive No. 5 -- Kyle Loehnig Longest putt No. 18 -- Russ Woodbury Closest to pin No. 2 -- Joe Tuttle Closest to pin No. 6 -- Mike King Closest to pin No. 15 -- Bill Dake Closest to pin No. 17 -- Kevin Nevil

Special prize:

Bill Allen, Fred McGraw, Paul McGraw, Bill Williams & Bill Johnson, Art Lindeman, Rocky McBride, Paul Schacher

"Most honest" teams with scores turned in of 80

Giving a helping hand opens mind

Pat Dunne returned from a trip Oncethere,hischurchgroupfrom withachurchgrouptohelpthosein Sullivan,Mo.,whichisaffiliatedwith neednearNewOrleanswithagreater Friendshipministry,broughtashipto sense of appreciaa suburb of New Orleans to deliver tionforblessingsin everything from medical supplies to hislife. food,clothingandbuildingmaterial. "It was a mess Dunne said his group of eight down there after were an extension of the fine people HurricaneKatrina," in the small community of Sullivan, said Dunne, St. Mo. Sullivan residents opened their Louis extra board hearts and donated the two trailer yardmaster, who loads of provisions for these people, Pat Dunne wasintheNewOrhesaid. leansareafromSept.8throughSept. Dunnemetpeoplewhohadtheir 13. "I came back with a good feelhousestotallyblownawaybythehuringthatIcoulddomyparttohelp.I ricane.Herecallsseeingonecrippled alsotoldmyselfIwouldnevercomman who was stuck in the corner of plainagainandappreciateeverything his house, which was the only dry Ihave." part. Dunne's group brought him Ashedroveonaninterstateoverfoodandwaterandofferedanyother pass and looked down at New Orhelp. leans, Dunne said there was not "I was left only wishing I had much left to the city. It was moretimeandmoneyto devastatingtosee,hesaid. help these people who Family.Occupation. were down and out," Working on the extra board, Dunne knew he might Community.Unity. Dunnesaid. Success. havetimetohelpagroupfromhis He said his wife, churchdelivergoodsandmaterialsto Jackie, who he has been married to thearea.Hedroveoneoftwotrucks for 35 years, their two children and andtrailerstothearea. eight grandchildren were surprised Dunne, a 56-year-old who has thathecouldstepoutofhiscomfort been working for the railroad 38 zoneanddosomethinglikethis. years,saideverythingjustseemedto "If the opportunity ever comes fallintoplacesohecoulddothis.He againthoughtogoonatripandhelp thanks the railroad for allowing him others, I'll try to be the first to go," thetimeofftomakethishappen. Dunnesaid.

Jerry Inman, center, accepts a framed picture of Tennessee Yard from David Carroll, left, and Jason Jenkins as a going-away gift. Inman has accepted another assignment with BNSF.

Inman accepts new challenge


JerryInman,whohasspentthe pasteightyearsasatrainmasterin Memphis, calls his new railroad assignmentauniqueopportunity. Inmanworkedhislastdayat MemphisAug.31beforetakinga role with theVESA group. This groupisdesignedtofindefficien ciesfortheOperatingdepartment byexaminingtrainvolumes,train speedandassignments. "I'llbedoingalotoftraveling to see different parts of the railroad and how things operate the same or differently," Inman said. "It'sgoingtobeinterestingwork and I'm really excited about the opportunity." He will be working with the corporateauditdepartment. Inman,38,joinedtherailroad 12 years ago in Springfield as a switchman.Healsoworkedasa brakeman,conductorandlocomotiveengineerbetweenSpringfield andChaffee.HewenttoMemphis asaterminaltrainmasterin1997.

Springfield Division Safety Hotline

Company line: 8-433-7315 or 1-800-447-7005

Division safety standings:

As of Sept. 0, 2005

1. Nebraska -- 0.60 2. Montana -- 0.79 3. Chicago -- 0.95 4. California -- 1.06 5. Kansas -- 1.28 6. Twin Cities -- 1.29 7. Powder River -- 1.55 8. Southwest -- 2.06

10. Springfield -- 2.16

11. Texas -- 2.27 12. Gulf -- 2.54

9. Northwest -- 2.05

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St. Louis employees gather Sept. 22 to enjoy a catered meal and celebrate the 10th anniversary of BNSF.

10 years and rolling

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haveahistoryofmorethan150years, whichisaboutthreetimeslongerthan mostcompaniesexist. "It's our outstanding people who have made this possible," he said. "We'reproudofourheritage."

Holiday edition

We are compiling a special All Aboard! holiday edition and would liketohighlightyourspecialholiday traditions.Ifanyonehasastoryabout how they spread good will or plan to donate to a good cause this year, contactTonyWestonBNSFline:8458-7342; (402) 475-6397 or e-mail [email protected]

Chuck Stark, Tulsa ele ctrical foreman, right, accepts a pocket watch as a retirement gift on behalf of BNSF from La rry Gilmore, facility supervisor. Sta rk retired Aug. 31 after 26 years.

St. Louis Employee of Month

Dwayne Blackwell becomes the latest employee honored by the St. Louis safety committee for demonstrating a commitment to excellence andprofessionalism. Blackwell,trackman/truckdriver, earnedtheSeptemberEmployeeofthe Monthhonor. "Thehonorcaughtmeoffguard," said the 32-year-old employee who has worked injury-free since joining therailroad in 1998. "It's nice to be recognized." Working for a metallizing companyinSullivan,Mo.,priortocoming totherailroad,Blackwellsaidhewas looking for a better career and found it. He enjoys working outdoors and theteamheworkswith. Asasecond-generationrailroader withhisdad,Charles,retiringinCuba andabrother,Chris,workinginCuba, Blackwellunderstandstheimportance ofsafetyfirst.Hisuncle,TomBlack well, also worked for the railroad in

Operation Stop fishing tourney

SpringfieldOperationStopmem bersplanafishingtournamentNov.5 atCampbellPointBoatDockofTable RockLake. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. with weigh-in at 3 p.m. Prizes and foodwillfollow. Two fishermen, with at least one being a BNSF employee, will be allowedperboat.Costis$50perboat.

Dwayne Blackwell, St. Louis trackman/truck driver, earns the September Employee of the Month honor.

Springfield Operation Stop members George Smith, left, and Steve Jameson advertise for the 2005 Operation Stop Bass Tournament to be Nov. 5 at Table Rock Lake.

Cubaasatrackman/truckdriver. Dwayneandhiswife,Amy,have children: C.J., 14; Madison, 5; and Zachary,2.Inhissparetime,Dwayne likestohunt,fishandridehisATV. OtherrecentSt.Louisemployees ofthemonthinclude:RoyAubuchon, switchman, July; and John Murray, switchman,August.

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Left: John Eichelberger, shop signalman, left, accepts the grand prize from Steve Barrow, terminal manager, in the employee drawing for a television. Right: Garland Adams daughter, Cheronesia, brings his granddaughter, Jadian, 2, to get her face painted by "Sparkles" the clown.



Above: Cliff Farmer, mechanical laborer, spends quality time with his granddaughter, Kyah Eng, 3. Below: Bill Edwards, store foreman in the material department, right, accepts the grand prize for the Operation Stop raffle from Mike Reagan, conductor.

A Springfield Picnic provided a havenothadareportableinjurythis great venue for employees to meet year. other co-workers and their families Guests enjoyed a catered barandtheterminalmanagementtoshow becue meal. A children's drawing appreciation. for prizes was conducted. John Thepicnicwasheld Eichelberger,shopforeman, Sept.24atGrantBeach walked away surprised he ParkinSpringfield.An Family.Occupation. won something when he estimated 600 people at- Community.Unity. claimed an LCD television Success. tended. asthegrandprizeintheem "Itwasgreat,"saidKevinSedlak, ployeedrawing. shopsignalman. People had plenty of activities Steve Barrow, Springfield termi toenjoy,includingaclimbingwall. nal manager, thanked the employees OperationStopsoldraffletick and their families for the contribuets and raised huntionstomaketheterminalsuccessful. dreds of dollars for Henotedthat11workgroupsworkthe family violence ing in or out of Springfield terminal centerinSpringfield.

From Left: Kevin Sedlak, shop signalman, foreground, watches his daughter, Rebecca, on the climbing wall. Carl Rapp, 4, son of Chuck Rapp, signalman, successfully completes a balloon maze at the Springfield Picnic. An estimated 600 people lined up to enjoy catered barbecue and ice cream. Tom Sims, carman, gives his granddaughter a higher view of the fun activities at the event held Sept. 24 at Grant Beach Park.

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Charles Rouse, yard switchman, right, receives congratulations from Jerry Norton, Memphis safety committee chairman, for being named employee of the month.

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Rouse recognized

Charles Rouse is recognized for his professionalism and dedication to safety by being named theAugust safety employee of the month for MemphisTerminal. Rouseworksasayardswitchman atTennesseeYardinMemphis.

Keokuk employees celebrate five safe years

Asthesmellofsteakssimmeringfilledthe air in Keokuk Sept. 13, it was a positive sign thatsomethingfantasticoccurred. Keokuk employees from each craft were treatedtoasteakfeasttoacknowledgefiveyears ofsafeproduction.OnSept.9,theswitchcrews andyardmastersreachedfiveyears. Maintenance of Way employees working out of Keokuk have achieved more than five yearsinjuryfree. Tom Hemmerle, road foreman of engines, and Dave Hooten, trainmaster,cookedsteaks fortheseemployees. TY&E employees at Keokukinclude:

· Jeff Buschling, switch fore- production. Employees include, from left, Buddy Tarleton, Frank Janes, Dave Howell, man/relief yardmaster Jim Waples, Jeff Buschling and Bill Kobel. Not pictured: Mark Handyside, Frank Prots· Mark Handyside, locomo- man and Kris Rock. tive engineer · Jim Waples, switch helper · Dave Howell, yardmaster TheMaintenanceofWayemployeesworkingoutof · Frank Janes, switch foreman Keokukinclude: · Bill Kobel, switch helper · Kenny Horseman, truck driver · Frank Protsman, locomotive engineer · Steve Moher, section employee · Kris Rock, switchman · Richard Tate, section foreman · Buddy Tarleton, locomotive engineer

Keokuk TY&E employees hold a plaque, shown on the left, honoring five years of safe

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F.O.C.U.S. Diversity council members throughout division

Family.Occupation. Community.Unity. Success.

· Memphis council

Bobby Brooks (co-chair) Sandra Jacobs (co-chair) Ann Ashby Chris Diggs Charles Esaw Dusty Goertz Sara Hoskin Jason Jenkins Roy Logan Walter Myers Charles Pryor Isiah Waller Oscar Wilkins

· Birmingham Council

Jeff Beck, (co-chair) Robert Evans, (co-chair) Kelly Thomas (secretary) Ronnie Albert Loudelia Branch Roman Cisneros Jerri Eastis Greg Stanley Roger Voss Chat Wells

·Tulsa Council

Josh Pennington (chairman) Darin Arnold (co-chair) Mike Blaylock (co-chair) Carol Broome Val Carr Paul Schiller Steve Story Harvey Torix Jr. Ray Tucker Dena Ware Bo Wilson

Tulsa council plans coat drive

Reaching out to those less fortunate and providing extra warmth this winter to children, Tulsa Diversity Council members have organized a coatdrive. Council members began spreadingthewordaboutthiseffortinSeptember,duringbriefingsandbypost ingfliers.Thegoalistopurchaseor collect at least 55 new coats for underprivileged children at three area elementaryschools. While there is no exact deadline, Mike Blaylock, diversity council cochairman, hopes to do this before Christmas. "There are a lot of needy people and we have a lot of conscientious peopleonourcouncilandthroughout the Tulsa area," Blaylock said. "We feelit'sourobligationtohelpothers."

Councils, employees celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

While Birmingham Diversity Council reorganizes its diversity board to reflect contributions, culture and traditionsbythoseofHispanicheritage,otherdiversity councils and BNSF employees also have taken time to acknowledgeNationalHispanicHeritageMonth. TheUnitedStatesCongressdeclaredSeptemberfor therecognition.Themonth-longcelebrationgoesfrom Sept.15toOct.15.Thisyearmarkedthe184thanniversaryofindeA Mexican pendence dance is performed for seven at a recent Topeka SMT L a t i n celebration. American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence Sept. 16 and Chile Sept. 18. All seven Latin American countries gained independencein1821. On Sept. 16,1810,Mexicanpriestandteacher"MiguelHidalgo" calledupontheIndianandmestizopopulationinthetown of Dolores (central Mexico) to retaliate against native Spaniards.This uprising led to many battles throughout the country and to the execution of Miguel Hidalgo in 1811. ThestruggleforMexicanindependencecontinuedfor 10moreyears,andin1821Mexico'sindependencefrom Spainwasofficiallysigned.MiguelHidalgo,alsoknown as"curaHidalgo"(fatherHidalgo)isreveredasthefather ofMexicanIndependence. Hidalgo's call for the uprising -- Viva México -- knownas"ElGritodeDolores,"perseveredasatradition notonlythroughouttheyearsofturmoilbuttothisdate ofSept.15,whenpeoplegatherinthecentralsquareof everycityandtowninMexicoandcelebrate. InmanycommunitiesoutsideofMexico,"Cincode Mayo" has become a recognized Mexican holiday. In Mexicoitisnotrecognizedasanationalholiday.Cinco deMayoisalocalholidayintheMexicanstateofPuebla, recognizingaMexicanarmyvictoryoverFranceMay5, 1862.Althoughanimportantvictory,itwasonlyonebattleandacoupleofyearslaterFrancedefeatedMexico.

Please note:ThetermHispanic,asdefinedbytheU.S.CensusBureau,referstopersons ofHispanicorigin,inparticularthosewhoindicatedthattheiroriginisMexican,Puerto Rican,Cuban,CentralorSouthAmerican,orsomeotherHispanicorigin.Itshouldbe notedthatpersonsofHispanicoriginmaybeofanyrace.Morethan35millionpeople identifiedthemselvesasHispanicorLatinoonthe2000Census.

BNSF Today contributed to this report

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It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.

-- Mark Twain

Memphis council continues mission

While the Memphis council welcomes a new member and appoints another to a co-chair post, they stay focusedonthemissiontorespectand value the differences and similarities ofpeople. They achieve their goals with manyeventsdesignedtopromoteand appreciatediversityintheworkplace. The council helped plan a Family DaycelebrationOct.1,completewith food,games,doorprizesandaclassic carandmotorcycleshow. ·················· Sandra Jacobs was named as a councilco-chairinAugust. JacobsjoinedtherailroadJan.1as a claim representative. InApril, she joinedthediversitycouncilandcallsit avaluableorganizationwithanimportantmessageandfunction. "Iwantpeopletounderstandwhat thediversitycouncilishereforandget morepeopleinvolved,"shesaid."Diversityisnotjustonething.Itmeans everything,ifyouthinkaboutit."


Memphis Diversity Council members include: Dusty Goertz, kneeling; middle row, from left, Ann Ashby, Sandra Jacobs and Isiah Waller; back, from left, Jason Jenkins, Bobby Brooks, Sara Hoskin, Chris Diggs, Oscar Wilkins, Walter Myers, Charles Pryor and Roy Logan. Not pictured: Charles Esaw.

·················· Charles Esaw, Memphis west locomotiveengineerwhohasbeenwith the railroad since 1997, became a

councilmembertomakeadifference. "Weneedtoworktogetherlikea family,"Esawsaid."Eachofushave similarvalues."

Birmingham organizes support

Withagreatdealofsupportbeingdirectedtoward hurricanevictims,BirminghamcouncilalsowantspeopletoremembertroopsinIraq.Thecouncilorganized adrivetocollectitemssuchasbooks,phonecardsand magazinestobesenttomilitarypersonnel.Eitheritems ormoneyusedbycouncilmemberstopurchaseneeded itemsforthoseservinginIraqwillbeaccepted. The council also conducted a diversity blitz Sept. 14forpeopleoneachshift.Councilmembersprovided snacks, talked about diversity and played a diveristy video.InOctober,councilmemberswillbegincollectingdonationsforThanksgivingbaskets.Theyalsoplan tovolunteertoloadtrucksofsuppliestogotoHabitat forHumanityinthehurricane-ravagedLouisiana.

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Continuingitsmissiontorecognizeandhonorpeople and traditions from various nationalities, Tulsa Diversity Councilwillholditsownversionofa24-hourOktoberfest Oct.11attheTulsayard. Councilmemberswillservebratwurstsandsauerkraut topeoplefromeachcraftduringthreeshifts. OktoberfestisaneventheldeachyearinMunich,Germany.ThefirstOktoberfestin1810washeldtohonorthe Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess TheresevonSachsen-Hildburghausen.Thisyear,thefestivalbeganSept.17andendedOct.3. MikeBlaylock,diversitycouncilco-chairman,saidthe goalistorecognizeadifferentnationalityeachmonth. "Wewanttomakesuretoincludeeverynationalityand celebratethatwe'readiverseworkforce,"hesaid.

Oktoberfest planned


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