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                                BNSF SPRINGFIELD DIVISION

“We Will Achieve The level Of Safety We Demonstrate We Want”   July 2011

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        From General Manager Bob McConaughey
      	 Last	 year,	 we	 began	 a	 process	 to	 examine	 the	 efficiency	   line supervisors will participate in a
      of communication from management. I have talked about the             collaboration workshop.
      SafeAlign process before, but I want to discuss the topic again.           We are investing in this process
           Communication is the cornerstone of safety. Each shift           to reach our goal of world-class
      begins	with	a	safety	briefing.		It	is	a	time	designed	to	inform	      safety. Management is committed to
      everyone about work that is being performed, and to alert em-         this process and we believe you are
      ployees to any safety issues. It is a time to mentally prepare for    too. It will take a collective effort
      a safe workday.                                                       to reach our goal. Make every day
           For many months, front line supervisors have been attending      a safe one by paying attention and
      workshops to enhance their ability to deliver our safety mes-         staying focused.
      sage. In June, Site Safety Team chairmen attended a session                Have a safe day, and thank you for all you do.
      dedicated to communication. This month, Transportation front                                — Bob McConaughey

The Springfield MOW group has worked more than 3,500
days without a reportable injury.

        F u E L S                                      M O W                               S a F E t y
           No matter the time, no matter the day, Springfield’s             is so important. You can’t be shy. You need to call out something
      Maintenance	of	Way	employees	put	safety	first.		The	team	has	         if you see it.”
      worked more than 3,500 days without a reportable injury.                   Buford Flageolle has worked 33 years on the railroad, the
           “I don’t have to preach to them about safety, it’s something     past three as a machine operator. His job takes him to differ-
      they live by,” said Jeromy Houchin, roadmaster.                       ent locations and job assignments. Although the scenery and
           Accountability to one another is the expectation. When           responsibilities may change, the need to work safely does not.
      someone notices a potential issue, or a task being performed in            “You have to want to go home in the same condition as when
      an unsafe manner, words are spoken.                                   you left,” he said. “In life there are rules to follow and you do
           “These people watch out and are accountable to one an-           your best to do everything the right way and the safe way. The
      other,” Houchin said.                                                 railroad is basically the same.”
           “No one here is afraid to call an unsafe matter to attention,”        Houchin said the safety culture in place for his work group
      said Gale Jackson, patrol gang foreman. “Everyone looks out           relies on empowerment. It involves a commitment from every-
      for	each	other.		That’s	what	you	have	to	do	to	put	safety	first.”     one to work safely and help co-workers do the same.
           Each season brings its own unique concerns, including                 Employees share a strong camaraderie as each consider
      weather-related issues, mental vacations or holiday stress.           themselves members of an extended family. While safety is
      Jackson said it helps to have co-workers who can see things as        consistently a top priority, they also mix in camaraderie.
      a group that an individual may not.                                        “You have to have some fun,” said Ed Burk, foreman.
           “A person can get wrapped up in what they are doing and not      “There’s nothing like a good laugh or two to put you in a good
      see the forest for the trees,” he said. “That’s why communication     mood and make the day better.”

the sky’s the limit

                                                           left: Debra McGee looks down below to watch a load as she guides it to a waiting semi.
                                                           Right: McGee is proud to operate the widespan crane.

     As a young girl in Tunica, Miss., Debra McGee planned to              “I’m really competitive and I had to do it,” McGee said. “I
someday become a women’s basketball coach. Her love of sports         couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by.”
and	competitive	nature	were	a	natural	fit	for	the	job.		While	her	         She quickly learned the terminology and techniques to be
career plans may have changed, her determination has not.             certified	on	production	and	stacking	cranes.		While	honored	to	
     McGee played softball and basketball in high school and          be	the	first	female	widespan	crane	operator	on	the	division,	she	
attended college on a basketball scholarship. To maintain her         focused on learning the job and earning the respect that comes
competitive edge, she joined the cross country team to stay in        with	proficiency.
shape for basketball season. Her 5-foot-2-inch frame houses a              “I am proud of what I have accomplished,” McGee said. “I
determination to work hard and succeed.                               like that BNSF is a company that provides opportunities to those
     “I think that comes from growing up in a house with all          who want to go after them. The sky’s the limit.”
boys,” she said.

     McGee began her career with BNSF in November 2009 as
a hostler driver. She enjoyed the active nature of the job, but
often would look up to the cranes and wonder what it would be                    I couldn’t let this
like to work 80 feet in the air.
     When the opportunity arose to operate one of the eight,
widespan, electric, rail-mounted gantry cranes, she went
                                                                                 opportunity pass me by.”
for it.                                                                                                                                 — Debra McGee

                                                                                                                                                                     Alabama State
                                                                                                                                                                    Troopers educate
                                                                                                                                                                      visitors during
                                                                                                                                                                    International Rail
                                                                                                                                                                       Safety Day.

Spreading awareness ... worldwide
    On June 9, people united worldwide in                       gathered at the Heart of Dixie Railroad                       Alabama Safe Kids, who distributed free
a shared goal to educate the public on rail                     Museum to hear the safety message from                        bicycle helmets and sunglasses to children.
safety. International Rail Safety Day began                     Operation Lifesaver presenters. The venue                     Other educational material included proper
when Operation Lifesaver groups in Europe                       drew museum supporters such as Angie                          car seat installation, poison prevention and
contacted U.S. representatives to coordinate                    Little of Hueytown, Ala. Little brought                       marine safety.
a worldwide learning opportunity in con-                        her daughter, Amanda, and grandchildren,                           Following a presentation on rail safety
junction with their Level Grade Crossing                        AnaLyn and Aaron, to learn about rail safety.                 from Operation Lifesaver presenters, attend-
events.                                                              “We knew it was dangerous to walk on                     ees received a ticket for a train ride through
    “We thought this was a great oppor-                         tracks, but we did not know it was illegal,”                  the woods of Shelby County.
tunity to emphasize all aspects of safety,                      Little said.                                                       Hundreds of children from the
with the main focus on rail safety,” said                            The Alabama event incorporated safety                    Birmingham YMCA attended the event.
Nancy Hudson, executive director, Alabama                       beyond the rails with interactive and static                  After learning about rail safety and riding
Operation Lifesaver.                                            demonstrations from the Alabama State                         the rails, they were treated to ice cream,
    In Calera, Ala., more than 500 people                       Patrol,	Alabama	Traffic	Safety	Center	and	                    cotton candy, sodas and other snacks.
                                                                                                                                   “This is by far the biggest event we have
                                                                                                                              ever taken on,” Hudson said. “Having the
                                                                                                                              Heart of Dixie Museum play host was just
                                                                                                                              perfect, and we look forward to an even
                                                                                                                              bigger event next year.”

                                                                                                                              From left, Bryan Schaffer, BNSF Police senior special
                                                                                                                              agent, and Steve Wells, BNSF Police deputy chief, man the
Heart of Dixie train crew volunteers include, from left, Glenn Walker, Walter Akridge, Tonie Schaffer, Bill Ringler, Raquel   Operation lifesaver booth during International Rail Safety
Houston, Don Reed and Bill Houston.                                                                                           Day, June 9 in Calera, Ala.

AnaLyn Casper, 2, waits patiently on her grandmother’s lap for the
train to leave the station.

                                                                                                               International Rail Safety Day in Springfield participants include, from left, Doug Hinkle,
                                                                                                               Springfield police officer; Ken Stockwell, BNSF Police; Jeff Longman, BNSF Police; Jack
                                                                                                               Wright, Missouri Department of Transportation; Cheryl Townlian, manager public
                                                                                                               projects; Andy McPherson, Springfield Police; and RD Mayes, inspection officer.

                                                                        BNSF Police spread the word
                                                                             To recognize International Rail Safety Day, BNSF Police and other employees
                                                                        participated in activities throughout the division.
                                                                        	 Three	crossings	were	targeted	in	Springfield,	Mo.,	to	provide	crossing	safety	in-
Visitors board a train following an Operation Lifesaver presentation.   formation to residents. BNSF and local authorities talked to motorists and pedestrians
                                                                        about right of way crossing regulations and the importance of maintaining constant
                                                                        vigilance around the rails. Bags with pens, key chains, rulers and informational pam-
                                                                        phlets were distributed to hundreds of people at each crossing.
                                                                                                                           “Anything we can do to educate

                                                                                                                      people on the importance of railroad safety
                                                                               Anything we can                        is worth the effort,” said Jeff Longman,
                                                                                                                      senior special agent.
                                                                                                                           Memphis participated by inviting lo-
                                                                               do to educate                          cal law enforcement to learn more about
                                                                                                                      rail safety on board a locomotive.
                                                                               people on the
                                                                               importance of
                                                                               railroad safety is
Smiles abound on the train ride courtesy of Heart of Dixie Museum.
                                                                               worth the effort.”
                                                                                                               — Jeff Longman
                                                                                                                                       Participants listen to a safety briefing at Yale Yard.

 Richard Katz, Operation Lifesaver presenter, educates students
                                                                        Officers pull over a driver for a crossing violation.
 on rail safety.

Giving back
     Every other month, Memphis Intermodal employees perform a
community project. Each project is designed to reach out to those
less fortunate, through donation of time or goods.
     Recently, employees gathered food for the FedEx House.
The house opened in January 2011 as a home away from home
                                                                                         in Memphis
for families with children being treated at Le Bonheur Children’s
     Staples such as peanut butter and jelly, cereal, water and crack-
ers were donated by IMF employees in an effort to give back to
their community.
     “This project was a great success and it was inspiring to see
such a great group of people come together to help our com-
munity,” said Michael Kutcher, IMF supervisor and project                           IMF employees donate food to the FedEx House, which provides housing to families
coordinator.                                                                        with children being treated at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

    Hunt climbs down from the bridge
         After a career lasting more than                at Hunt’s knowl-
    three decades, Mike Hunt, bridge in-                 edge of steel
    spector, will pursue a life beyond the               structures.
    rails, spans and trusses.                                  “Mike did
         Hunt began his career in May 1974               not go to college
    and became a go-to guy for projects on               to be an engi-
    the Memphis Bridge.                                  neer, yet he had
         “He ran the Memphis Bridge                      knowledge that
    project, which was a huge responsi-                  surpassed many
    bility that involved many stages and a               people who did,”
    lot of manpower,” said Jeff Johnson,                 Johnson said.
    structures engineer. “He’s the type of                     Hunt al-
    person who could see it, build it, do it.            ways demanded
    He’s someone you want on your team                   the job be per-
                                                                             Bridge Inspector Mike Hunt takes 37 years experience with him into retirement.
    and who you turn to for answers.”                    formed correctly
         Johnson began working with                      and within budget, said Doug Salzman, a someone was sick or injured, he
    Hunt in the late 1980s. He marveled                  timber handler who worked with him on would check in to see how they were
                                                                           projects throughout the doing.
                                                                           division.                               “He loved his job and it showed,”
                                                                                “He didn’t mess Johnson said.
                                                                           around when it came

                                                                           to getting the job done
                                                                           right,” Salzman said.                       He’s someone
                                                                           “He was also one of the
                                                                           most patient and kindest
                                                                                                                       you want on
                                                                           men I have ever met.”                       your team and
                                                                                While Hunt is held
                                                                           in high regard, he too re-                  who you turn to
                                                                           spected his co-workers
                                                                           and the company for
                                                                                                                       for answers.”
                                                                                                                                              — Jeff Johnson
    Mike Hunt works atop the Memphis Bridge on his 61st birthday.          which he worked. If

   New hires focus on careers, safety
        Thirteen new
   hires don their
   PPE as they join
   Maintenance of Way.
   This is the second
   class taught this year Derrick Adams Chad Bellows Joseph Brooks    Kevin Bryant   Tyler Clouse  Josh Fellinger  Alvin Fitzgerald
   by Mark Essner and
   Karen Turner, safety assistants.
        New hire orientation focused
   on safety. Areas of study include
   fall	protection,	empowerment,	fire	
   extinguisher	use,	right-of-way	fires,	
   introduction to hand and power Terry Minor        Bo Ringhausen    Brandon Snyder Chuck Thomas  Kevin Wesely    Derek White

   tools, hazard recognition and pinch
   points.                                                         companies that talked about safety, but not as much as we did.
        “They were surprised by how much we focus on safety,” We told them safety would be the main focus for the rest of
   Essner said. “Many of them said they had worked for other their careers.”

Taking the message to the yards
     Memphis safety committee mem-                       in the safety process.                                  that I’m on the
bers brought their message to crews at                        “When you get the paperwork, dis-                  trains work-
Tennessee and Yale yards during June                     cuss the plan for the day, what you expect,             ing with expe-
safety marathons.                                        what you’re going to do, where you expect               rienced people,
     Greg Manley, locomotive engineer                    everyone to be and what tracks you’ll                   I’m learning so
and safety committee co-chair, instructed                be on,” Manley said. “Communication                     much more.”
veteran employees to remain vigilant for                 is extremely important and you need to                       The mara-
themselves and newer employees.                          constantly talk throughout your day.”                   thon came dur-
     “Set an example of keeping safety job                    Jacob Mackling completed classes in                ing	the	first	week	
No. 1 for yourself, and that example you                 January and marked up in May. He said                   in the field for
live by will be a demonstration for new                  working	 in	 the	 field	 with	 experienced	             Devin Jones,
employees,” he said.                                     railroaders is the best method to learn                 conductor. He
     Committee members covered each                      his craft.                                              was surprised by
shift at Yale and Tennessee yards during                      “It’s a lot different from book learn-             how quietly cars
the marathon. Manley urged crews to re-                  ing,” he said. “Before this job, I thought              can roll down the
member the importance of communication                   railroading was pounding spikes. Now                    rails.
                                                                                                                      “It has made
                                                                                                                 me see how im-
                                                                                                                 portant it is to From left, Devin Jones and Jacob
                                                                                                                                       Mackling, conductors, ride the point.
                                                                                                                 stay focused,”
                                                                                                                 Jones said.
                                                                                                                      The Memphis safety committee
                                                                                                                 meets monthly with representatives from
                                                                                                                 each craft. Manley said the goal is to cre-
                                                                                                                 ate an injury-free work environment by
                                                                                                                 recognizing each aspect of the railroad
                                                                                                                 as it relates to safety issues or concerns.
                                                                                                                      “We all want to work safely and if we
                                                                                                                 all work together, we can reach our goal,”
From left, Devin Jones, Jacob Mackling, Greg Manley, Dennis Elsken and Terry Blackwell participate in a safety
                                                                                                                 Manley said.
marathon at Yale Yard.

historic run
	 History	was	on	display	in	southern	Missouri	as	Union	Pacific’s	steam	locomotive	
No. 844 rolled along BNSF track in Cape Girardeau and Chaffee.
     Gary Bentley, road foreman of engines, helped coordinate the historic train’s
movement. He said it took some effort to accommodate the steamer.
     “We were glad to work
with Union Pacific to be a
part of this historic event,”
Bentley said. “It is very likely
that we will not see the train
come through here again.”
     Steam Locomotive
No. 844, also known as the
“Living Legend,” is the last
steam locomotive built for
UP. Delivered in 1944, the
454-ton, high-speed pas-
senger engine pulled such Standing more than 6 feet tall, Ryan Griggs is dwarfed by the 844’s
widely-known trains as the
Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger.
     Ryan Griggs’s lifelong dream of working for the railroad came to fruition when
he joined BNSF. For the locomotive engineer, boarding the historic steam engine                 From left, David Harper, conductor; Gary Bentley, RFE; and Ryan Griggs,
                                                                                                locomotive engineer, play an integral role in accommodating the 844’s
came as a highlight he won’t soon forget.                                                       movement.
     “I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “This is just unbelievable that I got to be a part
of this thing.”
     Griggs and David Harper, conductor, rode from Cape Girardeau to Chaffee. The
two learned about operation of a steam locomotive. In the cab, temperatures can reach
up to 135 degrees.
     “It was an awesome experience, but I think I’ll stick with our locomotives,”
Harper said.

          Union Pacific’s steam locomotive
         No. 844 arrives in Cape Girardeau.

n    Trained
    in claims
         The division welcomes Jeff Cooley
    as its new St. Louis claims representative
                                                        Tell us
                                                        t     your         job!
                                                       My name is Brandon Ogden and I am
    trainee. Having worked several jobs in         the director of administration for
    the industry, he is accustomed to insur-       the Springfield Division. Most of what
    ance. What he was                              I do, day in and day out, involves
    less familiar with                             working with Transportation officers and administrative
    was life on the                                associates, but there is a bit more to what I do than
    railroad.                                      that.
         “It is fas-                                   With my job, there isn’t simply one aspect that is
    cinating to step                               more important than the other. It is sort of like a
    inside the world                               mosaic of pieces that, when put together, creates the
    of railroading,”                               entire cohesive picture.
    Cooley said. “Prior                                I play a supporting role for the division. I am
    to this job, I knew          Jeff Cooley       responsible for working with the sourcing department
    what a train was and                           in Fort Worth and several contractors who perform work
    that’s about it. I enjoy learning the termi-   on the division, including van, janitorial and lawn
    nology, what each job entails and meeting      care services. I work with van drivers, review corpo-
    employees.”                                    rate lodging issues and book facilities for meetings,
         It’s just the change Cooley was look-     training sessions, etc.
    ing for when he decided it was time to             When invoices need to be paid, it is my job to review
    pursue	new	opportunities	within	his	field.     them for accuracy and decide if they will be paid or
         He and wife Jackie have sons George,      require further research. I deal with between 25-50
    8, and Henry, 4. Jackie, who previously         invoices daily, which can amount to thousands of dol-
    worked as a cardiac ICU nurse, is pursu-        lars. That figure can move into hundreds of thousands
    ing an advanced degree to become a nurse        in the winter with heavy propane usage.
    anesthetist.                                        Any leave of absence requests from Transportation
         Cooley is a native Missourian and          employees are submitted to me. I work with each person
    graduate of Central Missouri State in           individually as well as their direct supervisor. I am
    Warrensburg with a degree in psychology.        responsible for overseeing much of the investigation
    His primary territory will be the St. Louis     letter writing and discipline assessment across the
    area.                                           division for the Transportation team.
                                                        There is not one thing in particular that occu-
                                                    pies the bulk of my day. It depends on many factors.
                                                    There are days I may spend several hours working on
                                                    corporate lodging and days I may not deal with it at
                                                    all. Another aspect of my job involves monitoring the
        VIDEO tOPIC                                 office budget.
                                                        In the most simplistic terms, I have a problem-
          Check out the latest video on the         solving job. I have processes in place to handle each
            Springfield Division website!           situation, but I get involved the moment there is an
        The July DVD topic is titled “Back to       exception to the process. When that happens, I have
         the Basics: Beat the Heat.” In the         to go back to the drawing board, determine corrective
          video, we discuss the challenges           action and the best solution.
         of working during the hot summer                Something train crews may find interesting is that
         months, and provide some tips for           the general orders and notices all come from my office.
                  doing so safely.                   The process normally begins with a request from a field
         Look for the videos at your terminal        officer, and I take it through the approval process and
                     or log on to                    get them issued from there.

   The tornado that hit Joplin May 22 affected
employees in many ways. Some were directly
impacted by loss and others, indirectly. The fol-
lowing employees share their experiences on a
night few people in Joplin will forget.

                                                                         wet blankets.
                                                                              The Garcias
                                                                         learned the 86-year-old
  “We found out he was OK and                                            man, Geoffrey Hilton,
                                                                         was a native of New
                                                                         Zealand with no close
  had left the hospital after the                                        friends or family in
                                                                         Joplin. He had been
                                                                         working as a chiroprac-
   tornado hit, so then we were                                          tor, but his office and
                                                                         home were destroyed by

 just trying to get out of Joplin.”                                      the tornado and he had
                                                                         nowhere to go.
                                                                              The Garcias provid-
                                                                         ed Hilton with food and
Steven Garcia                                                            clothing and arranged for
	 Steven,	Springfield	lowboy	driver,	and	his	wife,	Stephanie,	           him to use a camper be-
traveled six miles from their home to Joplin that evening to             hind Stephanie’s parents’ Geoffrey Hilton returns to what is left of his Joplin
check on Stephanie’s father, Harold Boyd, who had checked into
the hospital. As they entered town, both were awestruck by the                For the next two weeks, Stephanie and her sons, Brent and
devastation.                                                             Brandon, drove 16 miles round-trip — sometimes three times a
     “We found out he was OK and had left the hospital after             day — to help salvage what they could from the Hilton’s house.
the tornado hit, so then we were just trying to get out of Joplin,”      Among his recovered belongings was a laptop computer found at
Steven said.                                                             a restaurant a block from his home.
     The couple came upon a young girl in a graduation gown
walking along the road, crying. The girl said she was inside her
car when the tornado picked it up and put it back down, and she
was now looking for her family. The Garcias gave her a ride and
wished her well in her search.                                              “The nurse was crying and
     Later, they drove past a group of men walking down the
road. Stephanie’s intuition told her something was wrong and
she asked Steven to turn around. One man was draped in soaking            couldn’t give any information.”
                                                                         Chris Ramsay
                                                                               Sitting in his Neosho, Mo., home, Chris, lowboy driver, and
                                                                         his wife, Kim, were glued to the television as news of the tornado
                                                                              Chris’s mom, Judy, was in the Brady Building of St. John’s
                                                                         Regional Medical Center recovering from surgery at the time of
                                                                         the tornado. When Kim saw footage of the shelled-out hospital,
                                                                         she immediately called the hospital to check on Judy’s welfare.
   Joined through forces of nature were, from left, Brandon Garcia,           “ T h e n u r s e w a s c r y i n g a n d c o u l d n ’t g i v e a n y
   Geoffrey Hilton, Stephanie and Steven Garcia. Not pictured is Brent
10 Garcia.
                                                                                 Barb and Berle’s home was the only one on their block to have
                                                                            a safe room.
                                                                                 “I believe that’s what saved them,” Bradley said.
                                                                                 He said after the initial shock wore off, residents are now
                                                                            working through the day-to-day grind of getting the community
                                                                            and their lives back to a new form of normalcy.
                                                                                 Support from BNSF and colleagues poured in almost
                                                                                 “I received calls from colleagues as far away as Fort Worth’s
      Clockwise from left, Chris Ramsay with children Matthew and Amanda,
      and parents Hugh and Judy
                                                                            dispatching center and I’ve had many co-workers offer help if we
information,” Chris said.                                                   need anything,” Bradley said. “It means a lot to me and my family
    His father, Dr. Hugh Ramsay, was at the hospital visiting his           to know so many people care, and to have a company that actually
wife when the tornado hit. A retired physician from St. John’s,             cares about its employees. It makes me feel proud to be a part
he immediately began triage to assist people and personnel.                 of it.”
    After 2 a.m. the following morning, Chris and Kim were                       Joplin still needs support. To donate or offer other assistance,
able to get Chris’s parents out of Joplin and to their home. Both           please visit
survived the event without injury, but their car was destroyed.

  “When I look around and see                                                An image of devastation
                                                                              at St. John’s Regional

 all the devastation, I think how                                            Medical Center, captured
                                                                              by Kim, wife of Chris

 lucky they are to still be here.”
Bob Bradley
     Bob, surfacing gang foreman, grew up in Joplin. He had never
seen a storm like the one May 22. His home was spared, but his                                                                      Joplin begins
in-laws, Barb and Berle, were not so fortunate. Their home was                                                                          cleanup
destroyed.                                                                                                                             following
                                                                                                                                     the May 22
     The displaced couple now live with Bradley and his wife,                                                                          tornado.
Sheri, and son, Zachary, in their two-bedroom home in Joplin.
Sheri’s grandmother, Norma, is also staying with them.
     “When I look around and see all the devastation, I think how
lucky they are to still be here,” Bradley said.

Employees and guests gather June 18 at Canale Farms
for the 2011 Memphis Engineering Family Day.

          A day for the families
            Canale Farms in Oakland, Tenn., served as backdrop for a day of fellowship June 18 as Memphis
       Engineering employees and guests enjoyed a day of family fun.
       	 Activities	included	fishing,	boating,	volleyball,	horseshoes,	wagon	and	pony	rides,	and	competi-                                              Guests recite the Pledge of Allegiance before
       tive events such as a frisbee toss and bouncy-horse races.                                                                                      beginning festivities.

Ally Rickard, 3, grandaughter of Ricky Stewart, truck driver, prepares to exit   Guests get festive with face painting by local
the bouncy house.                                                                artist, Miss Patches.

                                                                                                                                  Joey Mitchell, section foreman, and his wife, Candi, with daughters
                                                                                                                                  Taylor, 15, and Peyton, 7

                                                                                                  Tamecia Matthews, 4,
                                                                                                  and Kendra Smith, 9,
                                                                                                  grandchildren of Eddie
                                                                                                  Smith, retired locomotive
                                                                                                  engineer, enjoy a day in
                                                                                                  the sun.

                                                                                                   Mike Schroeder, machine
From left, Tremera Berry, Tangela Hearns, Track Inspector Charles Pryor, Brandy Hunt and           operator, right, and Terri     From left, Memphis Signal Supervisor Larry Williams and his family,
Chrishun Carter pause after shooting hoops.                                                        Holland appreciate the         grandson Calvyn, 2; daughter Natasha; son Larry II; and grandson
                                                                                                   picnic.                        Camiryn, 7

From left, Michael Austin, hump yard inspector, celebrates a ringer
as Calvin Bray, roadmaster, disputes whether game rules were
properly followed.

                                                                        New faces in Springfield
                                                                        Springfield’s new hire conductor class includes, from left, James Carter, Christopher Dickens, Jason Dixon,
                                                                        Jason Cunningham, Michael Tatum, Bradley Mullins, Philip Short, Zach Spradling, Lukas Roberts, Jeff Barnett,
                                                                        Kelley Pendergraph and Bobby Parnell. The class was instructed by Scott Perryman.

Zemauria and Nygela Donnerson, grandchildren of James Pegues,
signal maintainer                                                     Erwine joins Birmingham team
                                                                           Aaron Erwine is welcomed as the new Birmingham Subdivision
                                                                      roadmaster. He arrives from Washington where he worked as
                                                                      steel gang roadmaster for RP12.
                                                                           He began his career with BNSF through the management
                                                                      trainee program and served as assistant roadmaster in Pasco,
                                                                      Wash. He later transitioned to roadmaster for RP12, a job he
                                                                      held three years.
                                                                           Erwine, an Osceola, Mo., native, graduated from the
                                                                      University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg with a degree in
                                                                      civil design and a minor in earth science. He worked as a designer      Aaron Erwine
                                                                      for	a	civil	engineering	firm	in	Arkansas	before	joining	the	railroad.	
                                                                      He also once owned a bicycle shop in

                                                                      Kansas City, Mo., where he sold and
                                                                      maintained high-end mountain and road
                                                                                                                                     I took this job
                                                                           In his free time, the avid out-
                                                                      doorsman competes in bass fishing                              because I want
Ready for a wagon ride are, from left, Kathy Casey, Jimmy Casey,
                                                                           Erwine said he is fortunate to                            my boots on the
                                                                      replace longtime roadmaster Gerald
                                                                                                                                     ground. That
B&B foreman; Autumn Canale, McKenzie White, Cameron
Cigalina, trackman, Chris White, SEO; and Melissa White.              Buzbee, who retired in the spring.
                                                                           “He left things in good shape,”
                                                                      Erwine said. “It’s a good group of
                                                                      people with a great attitude of team-
                                                                                                                                     is where the
                                                                      work. I got lucky coming into this great
                                                                      environment.”                                                  vast majority of
                                                                           He plans to travel throughout the
                                                                      subdivision to familiarize himself with                        knowledge can
                                                                      the territory and employees.
                                                                           “I took this job because I want my
                                                                      boots on the ground,” he said. “That is
                                                                                                                                     be found.”
                                                                      where the vast majority of knowledge                                   — Aaron Erwine
James and Gwen Pegues spend time with their grandchildren.            can be found.”

 Wanted: Employee Club members
     A club with a long history in Birmingham may soon become       member dies.
history without increased participation.                                 Previously, clubs were funded with matching donations and
     May Miller, crew hauler and Birmingham Employee Club           proceeds from vending machine purchases, but that is no longer
secretary, is working to increase membership to keep the club       the case. Membership dues are the lone means of funding.
alive.                                                                   Birmingham dues are $10 per year and membership is open
     “Many people don’t know how the club operates,” she said.      to all local employees.
“It’s not a group where you have to attend meetings.”                    To join the club and keep the tradition alive, contact Miller
     The club offers assistance and support behind the scenes.      or Curtis Steve.
For example, if an employee is marked off on medical leave for           “The club belongs to BNSF employees and if they don’t
more than 30 days, the club delivers a check for $100. The club     support it, it will cease to exist,” Miller said. “I hope that
also	offers	flowers	as	a	token	of	remembrance	when	a	family	        doesn’t happen.”

 I saw where my parent works!
      Memphis employees cel-
 ebrated work and family May
 14 during the annual Bring
 Your Child to Work Day. The
 event was sponsored by the
 Memphis Diversity Council
 and open to employees and
 their families.

                         Taking pride
                             Successful children and a good job are two               He graduated summa cum laude, earning a
                         things for which Keith Buterbaugh, locomotive           degree in business administration in accounting
                         engineer, is grateful. In May, he and his wife, Jana,   with a minor in global studies.
                         celebrated the college graduation of their youngest          Older brother Joseph was a recipient of the
                         child, Thomas.                                          BNSF Foundation Scholarship in 2004.
                             Recognized as an outstanding student by Drury            Keith appreciates having a job that allows him
                         University’s Breech School of Business, Thomas          to put his children through school.
                         earned the Senior Academic Excellence Award                  “We are very pleased to be part of BNSF and
                         and the Charles R. Mercer Outstanding Student in        to have had this opportunity to provide very well
 Thomas Buterbaugh
                         Accounting Award.                                       for our children,” Keith said.

Springfield Division                    DIVISION SAFETY STANDINGS
  Safety Hotline                         1. Gulf .79
                                         2. California .83
                                                                        6. Springfield 1.40
                                                                        7. Twin Cities 1.49
                                                                                                       11. Montana 2.14
                                                                                                       12. Colorado 2.19
 Company line: 8-433-7315                3. Powder River .92            8. Chicago 1.61                13. Texas 2.68
    or 800-447-7005                      4. Southwest 1.17              9. Kansas 1.63                 As of July 5
                                         5. Nebraska 1.27               10. Northwest 2.02

    the Southern rails
          Riding the rails between Carbon Hill and
    Birmingham, Ala., offers Keith Gober and
    Sherwin Lee, Jasper track inspectors, a lot of ter-
    ritory and rail with which to become familiar.
          “You travel it enough, you get to know every
    rock on the rails. If something is out of place, you
    notice it,” Gober said.
          Summertime inspections entail watching for
    snaky rail, tight rail and churned ballast. Their pa-
    trol times depend on the weather and temperature.
    Inspections continue until the ambient temperature
    drops below 90 degrees.
          Lee has worked with Jasper MOW more than
    17 years and has witnessed many changes. He has Jasper Track Inspectors Keith Gober, left, and Sherwin Lee inspect rails to keep crews and the
    worked	as	an	inspector	for	the	past	five	years	and	 public safe.
    enjoys the daily challenge.
          After April tornadoes moved through their area, Gober something,” Gober said.
    and Lee discovered downed trees and branches across the              Caring about people comes naturally to the two men.
    rails. Six hours later, a second storm added to the debris Their job involves watching out for the public at grade
    the men were removing.                                           crossings. Their hy-rail does not set off lights or bring down
          “Sherwin climbed up on a stump and saw a mile of trees cross bucks.
    covering the track,” Gober said. “It was too dark to keep            “People see us and try to beat us,” Lee said. “We worry
    moving, so we waited until daylight.”                            about people trying to beat trains.”
          Daytime hours revealed more than they expected.                They are also mindful of why the motivation for in-
    Tornadoes had spared Jasper, but damaged many commu- specting rail exists: TY&E crews. For that reason, both
    nities along their territory. Jasper MOW donated cases of men appreciate time they spend riding in the locomotive.
    water to Pratt City and Cordova, Ala.                                “It helps us get an actual, working perspective of what
          “We all felt so bad for the people, we wanted to do it feels like when crews ride the rails,” Gober said.

Chaffee mentors rise to the occasion
    When water rises along the River                            The challenges of coordinating BNSF           Mahlandt, who has mentored for
Sub, mentors Mike Blyzes and Robert                       and foreign freight can make for inter-        two years, enjoys the change of pace
Mahlandt swing into action to help co-                    esting days. Blyzes and Mahlandt are           from his normal duties
ordinate train movement.                                  responsible for ensuring crews are quali-      as a locomotive
                                                                                    fied, know the       engineer.
                                                                                    rules and have            “It is in-
                                                                                    track warrants.      teresting to
                                                                                         “They also      look at things
                                                                                    have to coordi-      from this per-
                                                                                    nate with the ter-   spective,” he
                                                                                    minal railroad,      said. “It’s like
                                                                                    our railroad and     puzzle solving on       Mike Blyzes,
                                                                                    the foreign rail-    a really big scale.”      mentor
                                                                                    road, which is            Bentley ap-
                                                                                    usually Union        preciates both men’s efforts and Blyzes’
                                                                                    Pacific,” said       extensive knowledge.
                                                                                    Gary Bentley,             “With more than 40 years experience,
                                                                                    road foreman of      Mike has provided invaluable service to
From left, Gary Bentley, RFE; Robert Mahlandt, mentor; and John Neel, trainmaster   engines.             us when needed,” he said.

                                              From barbecue to baking, Springfield Division employees have some of the best recipes
                                          around. Why not share some of your favorites with co-workers and their families? Email
                                 to help get things cookin’.

                                                                        Mabrey’s Chicken
                                                                            & Rice
                                                                                    From May Miller
                                                                                  Cu t up wh ole chicke n (or
                                                                                                               buy    1 dic ed sweet yel low on
                                                                                chicke n pie ces – you r cho                                        ion
                                                                                                              ice ) & 1 can mushroom
                                                                                           remove ski n.                                   s (drained)
                                                                                                                      1 can cre am of mushroom
     Preheat oven to 425 to 450 degrees.                                          Bo il chicke n un til done. Pul
                                                                                                                                                       sou p
                                                                                                                      1 can cre am of chicke n
     Mix all ingredients together and place on middle rack in oven.               me at from bones. Re ser
                                                                                                                                                   sou p
                                                                                                                      1 can cre am of celery sou
Use seasonings according to taste. Ensure rice has enough liquid                              bro th.                                               p (this
                                                                                                                        is opt ion al)
to absorb so it doesn’t dry out. You may not have enough broth                                                          Ch ick en pie ces
from cooking your chicken, so use a can of chicken broth if the                 In large cas serole dish put
                                                                                                                in      Sa lt
rice begins to dry out in the oven. Cook about 45 minutes to an                   the fol low ing ing redien ts:
hour until rice has absorbed liquids and the top has browned and                                                        Ga rlic powder
is pulling away from the sides.                                                   Bro wn ric e (a goo d coveri
                                                                                                                 ng    C hic k e n br o t h (t h at
                                                                                 of the bo ttom of the dish)                                          yo u
     Note: You can use whole pieces of uncooked chicken on the                                                         coo ke d you r chicke n in)
                                                                              2 pk gs Lip ton On ion So
top of the rice mixture if you do not want to cook the chicken                                             up M ix *1 c a n o f ch ic
                                                                                                                                       k e n br o t h (i f
                                                                                 (I lik e Mushroom On ion M
beforehand. You will need more than one can of chicken broth if                                                 ix)    nee ded)
this is the case.

Loucks adjusts to life as a retiree
     Working four decades without a           join the railroad. He
reportable injury takes caution, communi-     interview, was hired
cation and commitment. Danny Loucks,          and began work all in
locomotive engineer, retired June 1 after     the same day.
41 years of upholding these values.                 He became a
     To ensure his safety each day, Loucks    conductor in 1974
said he was extremely careful and double      and a locomotive en-
checked everything. He gives that same        gineer in 1992. The
advice to new hires.                          test to become a loco-
     “Be careful and watch every step you     motive engineer was
take,” he said.
                                                                       Danny Loucks, center, is congratulated upon his retirement by John Neel, trainmaster,
                                              one of Loucks’ big- left, and Gary Bentley, road foreman of engines.
     Loucks began his railroad career         gest challenges. Not
Jan. 30, 1970, as a brakeman in Chaffee.      only	did	he	need	to	pass	a	difficult	test,	but	 he is adjusting to it. He will miss his
After high school, he worked on a farm        he also had to learn how to study again. co-workers, with whom he developed a
until his brother, Steve, suggested he        The studying paid off and he thoroughly good working relationship.
                                              enjoyed his new role.

                                                                                                          While it may be an adjustment,
        I enjoyed feeling the                       “I enjoyed feeling the power of run- Loucks has plenty to keep him busy.
                                              ning the train,” he said. “There’s a lot of He plans to spend time with wife Joyce,
        power of running the                  responsibility to it and I always had to daughters Brandi and Courtney and two
        train.”                               think ahead.”                                         grandchildren. He also owns two antique
                                                    After a long career, Loucks’ retire- tractors he takes to parades, fairs and
                        — Danny Loucks        ment hasn’t fully soaked in, but he said displays.

                                                                                                          Meet the dispatcher
     Meet John Thomas, the voice of authority and reason heard                 daily basis.
along Thayer North and South.                                                  Q:	 How	does	teamwork	with	employees	in	the	field	enhance	
Q: Which desk(s) do you work?                                                  your experience on the job?
A: Thayer North and Thayer South.                                              A:	 Being	patient	is	the	No.	1	thing	field	employees	can	do	to	
Q: Have you worked                                                             enhance teamwork. Also, understanding that we are all on the
on any other desks in                                                          same team and the railroad runs much more smoothly when we
the past?                                                                      cooperate and work together.
A: Yes, I have worked                                                          Q: What do you like to do outside work (hobbies)?
Cuba, River, Memphis                                                           A:	 Outside	of	work	I	enjoy	hunting,	camping,	fishing	and	time	
Terminal and Red Rock.                                                         with my family. I am also a coach for my son’s Little League
Q: What makes the                                                              baseball team.
territory for which you                                                        Q: Brag a little. Tell us about your family.
dispatch unique? What                                                          A: I have been married to my wife, Sherri, for 14 years and
are some challenges                                                            we have three

to dispatching in this                                                         children. My
territory?                                                                     oldest daughter,                 Safety is the most
A: The numerous chal-                                                          Brooke, is 16 and
lenges faced on a daily                                                        she enjoys mu-
                                                                                                                important thing to
basis are what makes                                                           sic and art. She                 me. It is my goal
my job unique, such as                                                         will be a junior in
prioritizing trains, stag-                                                     high school this                 to get everyone
ing trains for other subs, John Thomas                                         year. My young-
accounting for crew is-                                                        e s t d a u g h t e r,           home safely to their
sues, Maintenance of Way windows, and environmental issues                     Allison, is 11 and
such	as	steep	grades,	winds,	floods,	snow	and	ice.		The	major	                 does very well in                families and loved
challenge is the sheer volume of trains on the Thayer Sub.                     school. She per-
Q: How long have you been a dispatcher and how long have                       forms in her school
                                                                                                                ones on a daily
you worked for the railroad?                                                   choir and has a true             basis.”
A: I have worked six years for the railroad, all as a dispatcher.              passion for animals.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?                                      She plans to pursue                                  — John Thomas
A: I enjoy a new challenge each day as a dispatcher. It’s never                a career as a vet-
the same. Some days there are weather issues to contend with;                  erinarian. My son,
others it’s service interruptions such as stalls, crew shortages,              John, is 10 and an accomplished baseball player. He led his
terminals not being able to process trains, and maintenance                    team with a .740 batting average and four home runs this season.
windows to plan for. I also enjoy meeting new people, both in                  He is currently playing for our local all-star team. My mother,
the	NOC	and	employees	in	the	field.                                            Shirley, is a true life inspiration and is currently battling breast
Q: Why is your work important?                                                 cancer. She has responded extremely well to chemo treatments
A: Safety is the most important thing to me. It is my goal to                  so	far	and	she	is	definitely	a	fighter.		She	is	the	most	courageous	
get everyone home safely to their families and loved ones on a                 person I know.

   POCKEtS OF EXCELLENCE                                                                                                               As of July 4
  Centralia Clerical                          13,489 Cuba MOW                                    2,547   Springfield Facilities (Electricians &       971
  Beardstown Clerical                         11,854 Springfield Rail Complex                    2,370   Water service)
  Tulsa Transportation (clerical/yardmasters) 6,437 Structures West Territory                    2,160   Birmingham Terminal (Clerical/Yardmasters)   928
  Memphis Resource Protection                  5,761 Springfield Mechanical (car & locomotive)   2,104   River South TY&E                             923
  Jonesboro Signal                             5,348 River North TY&E                            1,939   Memphis MOW                                  852
  Springfield Clerical                         4,189 Enid MOW                                    1,748   Fort Scott Sub South TY&E                    803
  Memphis Clerical                             4,099 Afton Sub TY&E                              1,630   Birmingham Sub South MOW                     746
  Keokuk TY&E                                  3,950 Memphis Mechanical (locomotive)             1,575   Cuba Sub TY&E                                735
  Muskogee TY&E                                3,649 Structures Northeast Territory              1,435   Thayer South MOW                             728
  Springfield MOW                              3,520 Amory (Birmingham Sub north) MOW            1,329   Fort Scott Signal                            718
  Tulsa Signal                                 3,400 Springfield Signal Shops                    1,133   Blytheville TY&E                             693
  St. Louis Mechanical (car and locomotive)    3,181 Springfield Division Telecommunications     1,124   Springfield East Mechanics                   672
  including West Quincy                              Neosho MOW                                  1,098   Amory Signal                                 654
  St. Louis Signals                            2,601 Fort Scott Sub North TY&E                   1,071   Signal Construction                          644

    Friendship on the green

                                                                         Chaffee golfers hit the links June 1 at Bent Creek Golf
                                                                   Course. The event was hosted by Gary Bentley, road fore-
                                                                   man of engines, and John Neel, trainmaster.
                                                                         “We wanted to get the tournament going again because
                                                                   it’s something employees enjoy and it provides a great op-
                                                                   portunity to build relationships,” Bentley said.
                                                                   	 Prizes	 were	 awarded	 for	 first	 through	 fourth	 place,	
                                                                   longest drive and closest to the pin on all par 3s.

Committee audits reinforce safety efforts
     Forty miles of the Amory Sub were                               identified	debris	in	the	plant	to	
the recent focus of a safety audit con-                              be addressed by Tronox.
ducted by members of the Amory Safety                                    “By performing industry
Committee.                                                           audits, we help ensure the
     Committee members Alan Clay, car-                               environment is safe for our
man; Joyce Hannah, conductor; Mike                                   employees as well as our cli-
Holloway, conductor and committee                                    ents,” Hauber said. “It’s a
chair, were joined by Brian Hauber,                                  win-win situation because it
                                                                                                          Industry audits, such as the one performed at Tronox in June, help ensure
trainmaster, to examine approximately                                benefits	BNSF	employees,	and	 a safe environment for employees and clients alike.
15 switches for safety issues.                                       enhances our customer service
     An audit also was performed at                                  capabilities by performing a value-
Tronox. Hauber said the group picked up                              added task.”                                         possibilities of biannual industry audits
trash, painted clearance marks on rails and                              T h e c o m m i t t e e i s e x p l o r i n g in conjunction with safety audits.

This newslett er appears under direction of the general manager. For news coverage, contact Kathy at the newsletter of fice by phone at BNSF 458-7342,
402-475-6397, fax 402-475-6398, mail information to 1845 S. 11th St, Lincoln, NE 68502-2211, or email This material is intended to be an overview of the news of the division.
If there are any discrepancies between this newsletter and any collective bargaining process, insurance contracts or other official documents, those documents will govern. BNSF continues to maintain
and reserves the right, at any time, to alter, suspend, discontinue or terminate all plans and programs described in this newsletter. This newsletter is not an employment contract or any type of employment
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Thanks to everyone on the Springfield Division for taking the time to contribute to this newsletter, including, but not limited to, Gary Bentley, Denise Gauthier, Jeff Longman, Dustin Padilla, Kim Ramsay
and Ray Tucker.

                                                                                  Fuel MVPs
                                                                       Congratulations to the following Springfield Division locomotive engineers for being
                                                                     Fuel MVPs:
                                                                     Afton Subdivision            Cherokee Subdivision           Fort Scott South Subdivision
                                                                     James Davidson               Michael Bandy                  Chris McCollum
                                                                     Bill Erdman                  Stephen Bradley                Ryan Mellies
                                                                                                  Leon McCall                    Frank Oropeza
                                                                     Avard Subdivision            Martin Petty                   Martin Thimesch
                                                                     Rex Benell                   William Rhodes                 Clinton Windmeyer
                                                                     Douglas Bentley              Nicholas Thimesch              Timothy Woicke
                                                                     Travis Buller
                                                                     David Claypole               Cuba Subdivision               Thayer North Subdivision
                                                                     Robert Dunlap                Leslie Lewis                   Russ Alford
                                                                     Johnnie Gaskill Jr.          Clay Zbaren                    Michael Allen
                                                                     Roy Hildebrand                                              Eric Bailey
                                                                     William McDonald             Fort Scott North Subdivision   Scott Garrison
                                                                     Zacarias Rodriquez           Donald Arnold                  Mark Henderson
                                                                     Terry Schulenberg            Kyle Baucum                    Roberta Hillenburg
                                                                     Rick Snodgrass               Shane Cordova                  James Hughes
                                                                     Matthew Winbolt              Steven Davis                   Michael Jefferis
                                                                                                  Elbert Farr                    Dustin Johnson
                                                                                                  Michael Hancock                Scotty Lance
                                                                                                  Daniel Holdcroft
                                                                                                     Allen Hovenga               Thayer South Subdivision
                                                                                                         Leron Hudson            Tracy Lowther
                                                                                                             Jeremy Lawrence     Frank Price
                                                                                                                                 Warren Raymond
                                                                                                                                 Brian Stiles
                                                                                                                                 Steven Underwood
                                                                                                                                 Steve Wait
Jacob Hyatt brings more than 10 years experience to the Beardstown
                                                                                                                                 Jeremy Young
                                                                                                                                 Jody Young

Hyatt rolls with the changes
     Centralia and the Beardstown Subdivision wel-
come Jacob Hyatt, electronic technician.
     Prior to the railroad, Hyatt worked as technical
director for GE at Bailey Yard in North Platte, Neb.
He switched to the railroad 10 years ago in Guernsey,
     “I was ready for a change from managing 125
people, and wanted to return to Wyoming to be closer
to family,” he said.
	 His	recent	move	to	Springfield	Division	was	also	
prompted by family. His wife, Hannah, has relatives
in Kentucky.
     Hyatt is responsible for a large territory and enjoys
challenges it brings.
     “I am grateful for the independence of my job,”
he said. “I get to report to a job that I really enjoy.               Crews are reminded to avoid the following items that contribute
No day is ever the same and I learn something new                     to fuel waste:
each day.”                                                            Power braking:
     Despite working on his own, Hyatt does not feel                  •	 Throttle	5	and	above	with	air	brakes	set.
isolated or alone. He has regular communication with                  •	 A	rule	violation	subject	to	discipline.
other technicians and his supervisor in Galesburg, Ill.               Stretch braking:
He said communication is necessary to work safely and                 •	 Throttle	1-4	with	air	brakes	set.
maintain velocity.                                                    •	 May	be	a	rule	violation	if	more	fuel	efficient	method	will	
     “When you look at it, each department plays a key                     provide necessary control of train speed.
role in velocity,” he said. “We all do our part and come              Revving:
together as a team to make things work and keep trains                •	 Throttle	position	above	1	while	train	is	stopped.	
moving.”                                                              •	 May	be	a	rule	violation	subject	to	discipline.

             If you have a story you would like to share about hobbies or work-related items, we’d like to hear about it. Call Kathy
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the beauty over there
     Just beyond the north end of Birmingham Yard, a section of track kisses
the edge of a 400-foot drop into the bright blue water of Wade Sand and
Gravel, a BNSF customer.
     It is a trip Monte Matthews, locomotive engineer, has made many times
during his 17 years with the railroad. When working a yard job, he may make
the trip several times in a day.
	 “It’s	cool	the	first	time	you	see	it,	but	then,	you	get	used	to	it,”	he	said.
     When things become routine, Matthews evaluates the situation and per-
forms	a	mental	adjustment	to	keep	himself	alert.		Safety	briefings	help	him	
avoid becoming complacent.

From left, Brian Humphries and Monte Matthews pause to view the scenery at Wade Sand and Gravel.


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