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									  Northern Light
October          2 010

	 A l t h o u g h 	 t h e y	

didn’t	 make	 the	 10	
o’clock	 news,	 RPO7	                                                                                                                Fargo
Machine	 Operators	
Harvey	 Burkman	 and	
Ken	 Housman	 may	 still	

be	 considered	 heroic	 for	
their	Sept.	14	actions.	
	 While	 walleye	 fishing	 on	 Farm	 Island	 Lake	 near	
Bennettville,	 Minn.,	 Burkman	 and	 Housman	 skimmed	
the	calm,	glassy	water	with	their	electric	trolling	motor-
powered	boat.
	 After	a	few	hours	of	fishing,	Burkman	and	Housman	
noticed	 a	 pontoon	 boat	 floating	 into	 their	 area.	 	 They	
acknowledged	the	fellow	fisherman,	an	older	woman,	with	a	wave	and	
returned	to	casting	their	lines.		
	 Practicing	catch	and	release	principles	with	the	lake’s	smaller-sized	
fish,	the	sportsmen	fan	cast	the	area	for	another	30	minutes	before	they	
decided	to	move	on	to	another	location.		However,	abruptly	disrupting	
the	evening’s	tranquility,	a	panicked	scream	soon	resounded.
	 “All	of	a	sudden	we	heard	a	gurgling	sound	and	a	cry	for	help,”	
Housman	said.
	 Looking	immediately	toward	the	pontoon	boat,	they	saw	
the	woman	in	the	water	struggling	to	hold	onto	her	boat	–	as	
its	gunwale	was	more	than	30	inches	above	the	waterline.	        	
	 “Its	height	made	it	difficult	to	climb	back	aboard,”	
Housman	said.	
	 Approximately	 100	 yards	 away,	 Burkman	 and	
Housman	 secured	 their	 life	 jackets,	 turned	 their	 boat,	
notched	 up	 their	 trolling	 motor	 and	 let	 the	 individual	
know	help	was	on	the	way.	
	 “I	think	we	were	just	as	scared	as	she	was,	knowing	
any	minute	she	could	go	under,”	Housman	said.
	 Arriving	on	the	scene,	they	quickly	grasped	the	woman.	           	
Making	their	way	onto	her	boat,	they	noted	an	overturned	wheel-
chair	on	the	pontoon’s	deck.	After	pulling	the	woman	aboard,	they	
encouraged	her	to	lie	on	her	side	as	she	had	inhaled	a	significant	
amount	of	water.		Burkman	also	placed	a	jacket	around	her	shoulders.	    	
As	she	was	still	short	of	breath,	they	observed	the	individual	for	30	
to	45	minutes,	before	she	wanted	to	go	ashore.
	 While	discussing	her	status,	Burkman	and	Housman	uncovered	
that	 she’d	 fallen	 overboard	 while	 attempting	 to	 untangle	 her	 line.	
Although	she	had	brought	a	life	jacket	along,	she	didn’t	wear	it.
                                                                               RPO7 Machine Operators Harvey Burkman and Ken Housman display
	 Embarrassed	by	the	incident,	the	woman	repeatedly	thanked	them	before	       their heroism Sept. 14, as they save an elderly woman who had fallen
boating	herself	toward	the	resort’s	dock	where	she	was	staying.	Burkman	and	   into Farm Island Lake near Bennettville, Minn.
Housman	watched	until	she	docked	the	boat	and	was	safely	upon	dry	land.
                                                       NORTHERN LIGHT


Knight prevents grave situation
	 It	was	the	lack	of	shining	armor	that	       between	the	North	Receiver’s	rails.	
caught	 Switchman	 Dan	 Knight’s	 atten-       	 Special	 Agent	 Gary	 Weldon	 was	
tion	Sept.	26	and	led	him	to	save	a	life.	 	   called	to	respond	to	the	situation	and	found	
While	working	as	a	foreman	on	Northtown	       the	individual	had	a	bloodied	face,	was	un-
Yard’s	Y-NTW314-25,	Knight	observed	a	         responsive	and	needed	medical	attention.	   	
man	dressed	in	a	black	coat	and	blue	jeans,	   Local	emergency	response	was	called.		
who	 was	 walking	 by	 the	 Water	 Service	    	 Signal	 Maintainer	 Tim	 Ziembo	 as-
Building	near	the	35th	Avenue	Bridge.          sisted	by	meeting	the	emergency	respond-
	 As	 it	 was	 just	 past	 midnight	 and	      ers	at	the	43rd	Avenue	NE	yard	entrance	
the	individual	was	not	wearing	a	safety	       and	guided	the	police	to	the	scene.		The	
vest,	Knight	assumed,	at	first,	it	was	an	     ambulance	 responders	 shared	 that	 the	
employee	on	his	way	home.		However,	           individual	was	not	in	good	shape.		They	
upon	further	investigation,	Knight	noted	      also	inquired	about	the	volume	of	traffic	
the	individual	seemed	disorientated	and	       on	the	North	Receiver,	and	even	as	non-
was	staggering.			                             railroaders	 understood	 how	 close	 this	
	 “I	just	wanted	to	make	sure	the	indi-        individual	 came	 to	 being	 involved	 in	 a	   Switchman Dan Knight’s situational awareness enables
                                                                                               him to save a life Sept. 25, while working Northtown
vidual	was	all	right,”	he	said.                serious	situation.	                             Yard’s Pull Out job.
	 As	he	brought	his	cut	of	cars	to	a	          		 Serving	as	the	main	point	of	entrance	
stop,	Knight	lost	sight	of	the	individual.		   into	 the	 Northtown	 Terminal	 from	 the	      not	 aware	 of	 the	 surroundings	 and	 was	
He	notified	Yardmaster	Scott	Chur	via	         east,	 the	 North	 Receiver	 and	 the	 North	   wearing	black	clothing	at	night,	a	much	
radio	 to	 have	 the	 switch	 tender	 stop	    Runner	 collectively	 see	 about	 24	 or	       graver	situation	was	surely	prevented	by	
all	traffic	on	the	North	Runner	and	the	       more	 trains	 per	 day,	 which	 means	 this	    Knight’s	observant	and	prompt	behavior,”	
North	Receiver.		Knight	walked	to	the	         individual	was	less	than	30	minutes	from	       said	Jodie	Lee,	terminal	manager.
area	 where	 he	 last	 saw	 the	 individual	   extreme	danger.		                               	 For	Knight’s	efforts,	he	recently	was	
and	 found	 the	 person	 had	 collapsed	       	 “Considering	 this	 individual	 was	          nominated	for	an	On	Guard	award.


  Ag-in-a-Box opens new doors
  	 Gavin	Yard	 TY&E	 employees	 helped	 kick	 off	 North	              	 “It	 provides	 the	 region	 with	 another	 efficient	 means	
  Dakota	Port	Services’	Ag-in-a-Box	program	–	the	hauling	of	           of	moving	its	products,”	Greg	Johnson,	North	Dakota	Port	
  grain-filled	intermodal	cars	destined	for	China	–	in	August	          Services	president.		“It	opens	up	new	business.”
  with	the	off-loading	of	empty	containers.			                          	 Intermodal	containers	are	loaded	at	local	elevators	and	
  	 The	joint	venture	between	North	Dakota	Port	Services	               trucked	to	NDPS,	where	they	are	transloaded	onto	an	inter-
  and	BNSF	adds	a	new	dynamic	to	the	Minot	operation,	ac-               modal	train	bound	for	Port	of	Seattle.
  cording	to	Daniel	Ferguson,	superintendent	of	operations.		In	        		 Currently,	Minot	employees	spot	the	intermodal	equip-
  addition	to	increased	crude	oil	traffic	from	the	Bakken	region	       ment	one	time	per	week	and	pull	the	loaded	containers	on	
  and	standard	grain	movements	in	covered	hoppers,	the	Minot	           Friday	evening.		An	inbound	intermodal	train	from	Chicago’s	
  team	 now	 handles	 intermodal-type	 shipments	 to	 and	 from	        Logistics	Park	then	arrives	in	Minot	to	set	out	empties,	pick	
  NDPS.                                                                 up	loaded	containers	and	depart.

                                                             NORTHERN LIGHT

	 Twin	Cities	Division	employees	took	pause	                 Twin Cities Division employees gather Sept. 5 at Weaver’s home to honor the roadmaster. Attendees
Sept.	 5	 and	 Sept.	 26,	 	 to	 celebrate	 the	 life	 of	
                                                             donned T-shirts with his “UNBEWEAVEABLE” logo.

Andrew	 Kim	 Weaver,	 a	 53-year-old	 terminal	

roadmaster,	 who	 died	 Sept.	 1	 in	 the	 northern	         Luke Babler | supervisor of engineering support, Minneapolis
Twin	Cities	suburb	of	Coon	Rapids.		
	 Born	 Oct.	 2,	 1956,	 Weaver	 spent	 most	                   	    Babler	worked	with	Weaver	since	December	2006,	as	they	became	assistant	road-
                                                                master	supports	within	two	weeks	of	each	other.		
of	 his	 childhood	 in	 Hawaii.	 	 He	 moved	 to	               	    The	duo	frequently	trained	together	and	gleaned	information	from	one	another.	             	
Boulder,	Colo.,	in	1974	when	he	entered	the	                    Babler	 learned	 from	 Weaver’s	 railroading	 experience	 and,	 in	 turn,	 helped	 Weaver	
University	of	Colorado,	where	he	graduated	                     further	develop	his	computer	skills.
from	its	business	school.		Weaver	had	planned	                  	    “We	learned	the	job	together,”	Babler	said.
to	return	to	Colorado	when	he	retired.                          	    Babler	described	Weaver	as	“rough	around	the	edges”	but	noted	he	had	a	“heart	
	 Weaver	is	survived	by	his	father,	Charles	                    of	gold.”		
                                                                	    “He	took	a	lot	of	pride	in	what	he	did	and	went	above	and	beyond,	whether	it	was	
Weaver	of	Honolulu,	his	sister	and	brother-in-                  for	work	or	for	friendship,”	he	said.		“He’d	drop	anything	in	his	own	life	to	help	others.”
law,	Sarah	and	John	Kobara	of	California,	his	                  	    Unbeknownst	to	many,	Babler	noted	Weaver	regularly	had	money	deducted	from	
nieces	 Jenna	 and	 Malia	 Kobara,	 his	 nephew	                his	paycheck	to	send	a	U.S.	Savings	Bond	to	a	list	of	children,	including	Babler’s.		He	
Bobby	 Kobara,	 aunts,	 uncles,	 cousins,	 step-                personally	signed	and	mailed	them	to	each	child.		The	avid	automobile	and	motorcycle	
mother,	and	his	girlfriend,	Helene	Mueller.	                    enthusiast	also	was	known	for	helping	his	nieces	obtain	their	first	cars	at	age	16.		Every	
	 Celebrations	 of	 Weaver’s	 life	 were	 held	                 year,	Weaver	also	traveled	to	Wisconsin	to	be	with	a	college	friend	and	his	“second”	
                                                                family	for	Thanksgiving	–	a	pastime	he’d	done	for	more	than	20	years.
Sept.	5	at	Weaver’s	home	and	Sept.	26	at	the	                   	    “I	miss	the	jingling	of	his	keys	or	the	way	he’d	answer	his	phone,	‘Weaver!,”	Babler	said.
Koenig	Alumni	 Center	 on	 the	 University	 of	
Colorado’s	campus,	as	Weaver	was	a	lifetime	

                                                             Craig Rasmussen | Twin Cities East division engineer
member.		Eight	employees	from	Northtown	at-
tended	the	CU	ceremony	including	Luke	Babler,	                  	     As	Weaver’s	direct	supervisor,	Rasmussen	knew	Weaver	for	nearly	five	years	and	
                                                                felt	privileged	to	have	him	working	on	his	team	for	two	months.		
John	 Cech,	 Craig	 Rasmussen,	 Troy	 Shereck,	
                                                                	     “One	of	the	many	nice	things	about	Andrew	was	if	he	had	a	grievance	with	you	he’d	
Dan	Peltier,	Chris	Golding,	Jodie	Lee,	and	Rob	                 tell	you	right	up	front,”	Rasmussen	said.		“He	let	you	know	where	he	stood	and	that	was	
Skuza.		Other	employees	came	from	various	lo-                   exactly	the	way	it	was	and	then	he’d	move	on.	He	wouldn’t	hold	grudges.”		
cations	across	the	system	including	Fort	Worth.                 	     The	day	Weaver	died,	Rasmussen	recalled	being	consoled	by	his	family	and	recounted	
	 Sarah	 Kobara	 said	 her	 brother’s	 love	 af-                the	way	Weaver	always	answered	his	phone.
fair	 with	 the	 railroad	 began	 in	 college	 when	            	     “’Weaver!’	was	his	hello,”	he	said.		
                                                                	     In	addition	to	his	unique	sense	of	humor,	Weaver	was	renowned	for	the	way	he	cared	
he	got	his	first	job	doing	repairs,	according	to	
                                                                for	his	co-workers	as	well	as	others.		
the	 Minnesota	 Public	 Radio	 News	 interview.	         	      	     “He	was	always	giving	to	somebody	else	first,”	Rasmussen	said.		“He	truly	cared.	 	
Weaver	joined	the	railroad	in	June	1979	and	held	               He	will	be	sorely	missed.”
a	variety	of	responsibilities	including	foreman.	        	
	 While	 Weaver	 left	 BNSF	 for	 a	 time,	 he	

returned	when	an	administrative	responsibility	              John Cech | Twin Cities Division general director of maintenance
opened	in	Minnesota.	Weaver	then	worked	his	                    	                                                                                         	
                                                                     Cech	 recalls	 meeting	Weaver	 in	 2004	 during	 a	 Powder	 River	 Division	 project.	
way	up	to	a	supervisory	role.		BNSF	officials	                  While	Cech	initially	viewed	Weaver	simply	as	blunt	and	rough	around	the	edges,	he	
valued	 Weaver’s	 work	 and	 acknowledge	 his	                  soon	learned	that	Weaver	was	committed	to	the	company	and	his	co-workers.
contributions	earlier	this	year	at	an	Employees	                	    “Andrew	was	a	go-to,	make-it-happen	employee,”	Cech	said.		“His	dedication	was	
of	the	Year	event	in	Fort	Worth.                                incredible.”
                                                                	    Describing	a	terminal	roadmaster’s	responsibilities	as	tough,	Cech	noted	Weaver	
	 Weaver’s	 family	 asks	 that	 donations	 in	
                                                                was	passionate	about	his	work	and	wanted	to	keep	everyone	safe	and	happy.
Andrew’s	 memory	 be	 made	 to	 the:	                           	    “Andrew	was	always	going	above	and	beyond,”	Cech	said.		“He	did	a	great	job	
CU	 Foundation,	Andrew	 Weaver	                                 intermingling	with	the	other	crafts.		He’ll	be	remembered	in	Northtown	for	a	long	time.	  	
Memorial	 Fund,	 c/o	 University	                               He	can’t	be	replaced.”
of	 Colorado,	 UCB	 369,	 Boulder,	                             	    According	to	Cech,	Weaver’s	co-workers	described	him	as	“one	of	them.”	
CO	 80309.	 	 Weaver’s	 body	 will	                             	    	“Weaver	was	well	liked	and	had	his	co-workers’	best	interest	in	mind,	at	work	
                                                                and	at	home,”	he	said.
be	returned	to	Hawaii	to	be	laid	
                                                                    	But	his	favorite	memories	are	simply	of	“Andrew	being	Andrew.”		
to	 rest	 alongside	 his	 mother,	                                      	 “It	was	hearing	him	on	a	conference	call,”	he	said.	“You	knew	the	voice,	the	
Young	Sook	Kim	Harvey.                                                     tone	never	changed	and	he	bluntly	stated	it	like	it	is.		That	was	Weaver.”

             Andrew Weaver                                                 3
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                                                                                                                                         KO Sub

Making the most of their labor days
	 As	Fargo	and	Moorhead	residents	made	their	post	Labor	Day	                                                                               proximity of
                                                                                                                                           condos and
commute,	approximately	45	Structures,	MOW	and	Signal	employees	                                                                            apartment
began	a	five-day	continuous-window	project	on	Bridge	6.9’s	Main	                                                                           buildings
Track	No.	2.		Construction	began	Sept.	7	at	6	a.m.	to	replace	the	                                                                         to the
250-foot-long	easterly	timber	approach	bridge	over	the	Red	River.		                                                                        site provided
	 Due	to	the	unique	nature	and	location	of	the	work,	local	law	en-                                                                         challenges,
forcement,	city	officials	and	area	residents	were	contacted	in	regard	                                                                     but
to	the	project	–	as	pile	driving	operations	were	ongoing	during	the	
                                                                                                                                           were up to
window	and	lighting	was	brought	in	to	illuminate	the	area.                                                                                 the task.
	 During	the	120-hour	window,	the	KO	Subdivision’s	Main	No.	2	was	                    Employees face 3.3
placed	out	of	service	between	the	West	Absolute	Signal	at	Moorhead	
                                                                                                          6 inches of rain du
                                                                                      course of the 120-h                     ring the
                                                                                                          our construction pro
Junction	and	Eighth	Street	in	Fargo.                                                                                            ject.

	 As	crews	installed	a	new	237-foot	approach	on	Main	No.	2,	Lee	
Maske,	Jerry	Johnson	and	Travis	Roma	supervised	the	project	and	
issued	 daily	 updates.	 	 During	 the	 project’s	 final	 day,	 updates	 were	
issued	every	four	hours.
	 Gary	Karnowski,	bridge	inspector,	and	Madlyn	Guarino,	manager	
of	structures	design,	also	aided	the	project	by	devising	a	cross	cap	
design,	which	prevented	taking	both	mains	out	of	service	for	10	hours	
due	to	the	unique	configuration	of	existing	Pier	18.		The	32-foot	long,	
26-ton	pre-stressed	concrete	beam	took	approximately	15	minutes	to	                           t double
                                                                                 Employees se
place	under	the	Main	No.	1	structure	despite	having	less	than	1	inch	            box beams in plac
of	clearance.
	 “It	was	a	big	part	of	our	success,”	said	Erik	Frohberg,	manager	
	 Frohberg	 also	 lauds	 Sheldon	 Guss,	 Minot	 structures	 foreman,	
and	Rick	Randall,	carpenter,	for	their	efforts	to	layout	the	bridge;	Bob	
Hamel,	safety	trainer;	Jason	Randash,	roadmaster,	and	his	team;	and	
Randy	Utgaard,	supervisor	signals,	and	his	team.	
	 “All	of	the	crews	played	a	piece	in	the	project’s	success,”	he	said.	                                                                  Track panel
“It	took	a	collective	effort	and	everyone	making	the	right	decisions.	       	                                                           progression
Everyone	was	very	professional.”                                                                                                         followed the
	 The	subdivision	maintained	traffic	flow	on	Main	No.	1	through-                                                                         span sets.

out	the	project,	safely	passing	176	trains.	Rerouting	of	trains	on	the	
Prosper	Subdivision	also	helped	ease	traffic	flow.
	 “The	 Operating	 folks	 should	 receive	 an	 ‘attaboy’	 too,”	
Frohberg	said.	
	 Despite	facing	3.36	inches	of	rain,	crews	completed	the	project	
without	injury	or	incident,	and	work	was	completed	five	hours	ahead	
of	schedule,	as	crews	released	Main	No.	2	at	12:30	a.m.,	on	Sept.	12.
	 In	order	to	enhance	safety	and	communication,	the	project	coor-
dinators	emphasized	inter-shift	and	inter-department	communication,	                                                                         Employees
according	to	Frohberg.                                                                                                                      install the first
	 “It	provided	a	smooth	handoff	during	the	course	of	the	construc-                                                                          track panel,
tion,”	he	said.
                                                                                                                                            which helped
                                                                                                                                           replace the
	 The	division	thanks	everyone	who	participated	in	this	incident-                                                                          250- foot -
free	 project.	 	 The	 Structures,	 Track	 and	 Signal	 teams	 consisted	 of	                                                             long easterly
employees	from	the	Twin	Cities,	Carlton,	Brainerd,	Sioux	Falls,	Minot,	
Dilworth	and	Grand	Forks.                                                                                                                bridge over
                                                                                                                                         the Red
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   Sioux Falls
                                                                                                                                          Jeff Dolge,
                                                                                                                                           and Steve
                                                                                                                                               work in
                                                                                                                                          Sioux Falls
                                                                                                                                            to initiate
                                                                                                                                           rail grade
                                                                                                                                           closure on
                                                                                                                                        the network.

	 Sioux	 Falls	 and	 South	 Dakota	 offi-         safety	is	to	reduce	the	number	of	at-grade	         crossing	 closure	 program	 began	 in	 2000.	 	
cials	 joined	 BNSF	 Sept.	 9	 in	 celebrating	   crossings.	To	the	great	credit	of	Sioux	Falls	      According	 to	 Tom	 Neeser,	 retired	 Sioux	
its	 5,000th	 highway-rail	 grade	 crossing	      city	leaders,	they	recognized	that	the	ideal	       Falls	 district	 roadmaster,	 Spencer	Arndt	
closure	on	its	network,	setting	a	national	       solution	between	trains	and	motorists	was	          played	an	instrumental	role	in	BNSF’s	ef-
record	 for	 grade	 crossing	 closures	 and	      to	 close	 this	 crossing	 and	 build	 the	 69th	   forts	during	his	career	as	an	assistant	direc-
safety	enhancements.	                             Street	overpass.”                                   tor	of	public	projects.	Arndt	received	three	
	 At	a	ceremony	near	the	crossing	and	in	         	 Sioux	Falls	Mayor	Mike	Huether	said,	             BNSF	Achievement	Awards	for	his	work	in	
view	of	the	new	69th	Street	overpass	cur-         “We	 are	 a	 forward-thinking	 city	 in	 Sioux	     this	area.	
rently	under	construction,	officials	watched	     Falls	 always	 looking	 for	 opportunities	         	 Combined	with	other	safety	initiatives,	
as	BNSF’s	crews	pulled	out	the	crossing	sur-      to	 grow.	 	 However,	 public	 safety	 always	      the	 grade	 crossing	 closure	 program	 has	
face	on	69th	Street	in	Sioux	Falls.	Removing	     remains	 as	 our	 primary	 goal	 in	 our	 quest	    helped	reduce	grade	crossing	collisions	on	
the	surface	was	the	last	step	to	permanently	     to	have	the	highest	quality	of	life	possible.	  	   BNSF’s	32,000	mile	network	by	70	percent	
closing	the	69th	Street	crossing.	                This	provides	us	a	safer,	more	efficient	way	       since	1995.		BNSF	has	one	of	the	lowest	
		 “Safety	 is	 a	 top	 priority	 at	 BNSF,”	     for	vehicles	to	cross	the	tracks.”                  highway-rail	grade	crossing	collision	rates	
said	Lyn	Hartley,	BNSF	director	of	public	        	 BNSF	cooperatively	has	worked	with	               in	the	rail	industry	and	continues	to	work	
projects.	 	 “We	 have	 learned	 that	 one	 of	   states	and	communities	across	its	28-state	         with	the	states	and	communities	it	serves	to	
the	 best	 ways	 to	 address	 grade	 crossing	    network	to	close	5,000	crossings	since	its	         further	improve	grade	crossing	safety.
                                                              Division                                                                 St. Paul

Employees recognized
	 The	Twin	Cities	Division	commends	its	12	senior	injury-free	
employees.	Thank	you	for	your	dedication	and	efforts	toward	safety	                 	 Starting	Nov.	29,	employees	can	support	the	Toys	for	
during	your	careers.                                                                Tots	program	by	bring	a	new	unwrapped	gift	to	the	St.	Paul	
Dale	Fonder	                 44	years        Jerry	Norman	        40	years          General	Office	Building	and	placing	it	under	the	Christmas	
Jim	Lanier	                  42	years        Francis	Sauer	       40	years          tree	outside	of	Tom	Packer's	office	on	the	11th	floor	SW.
Leonard	Brandenberg	         40	years		      Donald	Steen	        40	years	         	 Gifts	will	be	collected	till	Dec.	17.		If	an	employee	
Steven	Engle	                40	years	       Thomas	Ethen	        39	years	         prefers	to	make	a	cash	donation,	there	will	be	a	donation	
Gus	Hageman	                 40	years	       George	Feist	Jr.	    39	years	         box	on	Patti	Hoffmann's	desk.	The	money	will	be	used	to	
Mike	Lunak	                  40	years	       Robert	Jackson	      39	years          purchase	additional	toys.
                                                        NORTHERN LIGHT


  Engineering tracks it, reports it and supports it
  	 The	 Engineering	 team	 revised	 Engineering	 Instructions,	 Section	 25	 (EI-25)	
  “Asset	 Tracking.”	 	 Engineering	 employees	 are	 responsible	 for	 maintaining	 the	
  company’s	assets,	particularly	nine	assets	that	the	Federal	Railroad	Administration	             Register at the
  defines	as	“critical”	to	positive	train	control.	
  	 Engineering	employees	need	to	make	sure	they	are	familiar	with	the	revised	
                                                                                                   NCS CMP website
  instruction,	especially	the	change-management	process	(EI-25.2),	which	requires	                 1.	 Access	the	NCS	CMP	website	at:	
  employees	to	report	all	changes	in	signal	and	track	critical	assets,	including:            
  •	 Locating	a	new	critical	asset                                                                 2.	 Click	the	NCS	Database	Change	
  •	 Moving	a	critical	asset                                                                           Request	Form	link.
  •	 Replacing	a	critical	asset                                                                    3.	 Click	 the	 link	 “click	 here	 to	
  	 To	report	these	changes,	employees	should	access	the	Network	Control	System	                       register.”
  (NCS)	 change-management	 process	 (CMP)	 website	 at:	                 4.	 Click	“Register	Your	Username.”	
  (EI-25.2.2).                                                                                         You	will	need	to	use	your	7-dig-
  	 Once	at	the	site,	employees	will	need	to	register	before	they	can	report	any	                      it	 BNSF	 logon	 ID	 to	 register.	
  changes	to	critical	assets.		“In	EI-25	training	sessions	that	I	have	facilitated,	I	ask	             Example:	B123456	or	C123456.
  attendees	to	register,”	said	Rick	Sutherland,	supervisor,	maintenance	planning.		“And	           5.	 Create	your	account	by	supplying	
  I	encourage	all	Engineering	employees	to	take	time	to	enroll	at	the	CMP	site	as	a	                   your:
  first	step	to	this	new	process.”	                                                                	        a.		Name
  	 Registration	is	straightforward	and	simple	to	do,	according	to	Kevin	Ruud,	signal	             	        b.		Title
  supervisor,	Willmar,	Minn.		“You	can	access	the	site	from	the	FLS	‘start’	page,	and	             	        c.		Work	location
  it	takes	very	little	time	to	create	your	profile,”	Ruud	said.                                             d.	 	 Department	 (Note:	 You	
  	 Who	is	responsible	for	reporting	changes	to	critical	assets?		Usually,	the	employee	                         can	be	specific	by	choos-
  making	the	change	is	responsible	for	submitting	a	change	record;	however,	if	a	crew	                           ing	“Signal”	or	“Track,”	or	
  changes	a	critical	asset,	then	the	senior	employee	is	responsible	for	submitting	the	                          you	can	select	your	work	
                              change	record.		If	several	crews	are	involved	in	changing	                         group,	“Engineering.”)
                                  one	or	more	critical	assets,	the	employee-in-charge	is	          	        e.		Work	and	cell	phone	
                                    responsible	for	submitting	the	change	record.	                 	        					numbers
                                      	 Employees	should	report	changes	to	new	critical	           	        f.		E-mail	address
                                       assets	or	planned	event	changes	30	days	in	advance	         6.	 After	 you	 have	 filled	 in	 the	
                                       (25.2.5.A).                                                     information,	 click	 the	 “Back	 to	
                                      	 For	more	information	on	EI-25,	visit	the	EI-25	                Database	Change	Form”	to	save	
                                     Knowledge	Base	site	at:               your	account	information	before	
                                   ei25/kb/default.aspx                                                exiting	the	application.

                                                                                 Willmar and Sioux City
Health Fairs keep employees geared up
	 During	 a	 Sept.	 25	 and	 Oct.	 5-6	 health	 fair,	      performed	more	than	20	health	screenings.		Sioux	City’s	
Connie	John	Swanson,	field	manager-medical	and	             Oct.	 5-6	 events	 recorded	 nearly	 double	 the	 previous	
environmental	health,	discussed	the	value	of	caring	        year’s	participants	in	its	flu	shot	clinic	and	had	several	
for	one’s	body	as	if	it	were	a	Bugatti	Veyron	16.4	–	       employees	participate	in	its	health	screenings	through	
the	fastest	road-legal	automobile	in	the	world.             Mercy	Medical,	which	included	comprehensive	survey.
	 “It	is	much	easier	to	maintain	a	vehicle	than	to	         	 A	 “15-point	 maintenance	 check”	 was	 offered	
perform	engine	repairs	or	bodywork	after	the	fact,”	        with	 employee’s	 health	 screening,	 which	 let	 them	
Swanson	said.		“With	a	car,	you	can	trade	it	in	for	        know	when	they’re	due	for	a	“vehicle”	treatment,	
a	newer	model.		That’s	not	true	with	your	‘personal	        Swanson	said.
vehicle.’	It	has	to	last	a	lifetime!”                       	 Swanson	 encourages	 employees	 to	 maintain	
	 According	to	Swanson,	Willmar’s	Sept.	25	Health	          their	body	with	good	fuel	and	perform	regular	main-
Fair	was	a	success	as	they	administered	65	flu	shots	and	   tenance	check	ups.
                                                                  NORTHERN LIGHT

                                                         Grand Forks

                                                                                        Take control of your health:

 From left, Todd Olson, Grand Forks Public Schools athletic director, Mike Lunak,
 Steve and Tammie Burris, and Matt Malm stand next to a BNSF-donated bell, which
 has become a part of the Cushman Classic tradition.

 Locomotive bell still part
 of Cliff Cushman Classic                                                               	 The	first	step	in	taking	charge	of	your	health	is	easy:	
                                                                                        Get	to	know	the	most	revealing	controllable	health	factors.	
                                                                                        These	include:	
  	 Thousands	gathered	Sept.	10	for	the	Cliff	Cushman	Classic	at	
  Cushman	Field	in	Grand	Forks,	N.D.		The	annual	football	game	                         •	 Blood	pressure	
  features	an	intercity	match	between	the	Grand	Forks	Central	High	                     •	 Cholesterol	
  School’s	Knights	and	the	Red	River	High	School’s	Roughriders.                         •	 Body	Mass	Index
  	 The	Cushman	Classic	is	named	after	Cliff	Cushman,	a	former	                         •	 Tobacco	Use	
  Central	High	athlete	and	Olympic	silver	medalist	who	was	killed	                      	 These	quick	indicators	of	your	condition	can	point	you	
  in	Vietnam.		Shortly	after	his	attempt	to	qualify	for	a	second	shot	at	               to	actions	that	help	you	stay	on	track	or	get	on	track	to	good	
  the	Olympics,	he	wrote	a	letter	to	the	youth	of	Grand	Forks,	which	                   health	when	it’s	easier	and	less	expensive	to	do	so.
  is	inscribed	at	the	football	stadium.                                                 	 Blood	pressure,	cholesterol	and	BMI	can	be	measured	
  	 The	Cushman	Classic	promotes	Cushman’s	ideals	of	athleti-                           at	your	annual	preventive	exams.	Then,	follow	your	prog-
  cism	and	courage.                                                                     ress	through	periodic	checks.	
  	 In	the	spring	of	1997,	Craig	Perry,	Grand	Forks	Public	Schools	                     	 Blood	 Pressure:	 	 High	 blood	 pressure	 can	 increase	
  district	athletic	director,	contacted	BNSF	representatives	in	Grand	                  your	risk	of	heart	attack	and	stroke.	One	should	have	their	
  Forks	about	obtaining	a	bell	for	the	event.		Thanks	to	the	work	of	                   blood	pressure	checked	at	least	once	every	two	years.	
  Frank	Truhlicka,	mechanical	foreman,	BNSF	obtained	and	donated	                       		 BMI:		Body	Mass	Index	is	a	reliable	predictor	of	body	
  a	bell	to	the	school	district.	Plans	were	then	made	for	the	Cushman	                  fat.	Too	much	fat	and	you	can	be	at	greater	risk	for	heart	
  Classic	beginning	that	fall.	BNSF	is	now	an	annual	participant	in	                    disease,	diabetes	and	cancer.	
  this	important	community	event.		                                                     	 Cholesterol:		Your	risk	of	heart	disease	and	stroke	is	
  	 Prior	to	kickoff,	the	bell	is	rung	by	an	honoree.		It’s	also	rung	                  greater	if	you	have	high	LDL	(or	bad)	cholesterol	or	low	
  by	the	game’s	victors,	who	keep	the	bell	until	next	year’s	match	up.                  HDL	(or	good)	cholesterol.		One	should	get	a	routine	lipo-
  	 This	year’s	bell	ringer	was	Matt	Malm,	longtime	Grand	Forks	                        protein	screening	that	provides	readings	for	LDL,	HDL,	
  Public	School	staff	member	and	former	Roughrider	Varsity	Hockey	                      total	cholesterol	and	triglycerides.	
                               coach.		Honorary	bell	ringers	and	BNSF	                  	 Don’t	know	your	numbers,	then	have	them	checked	at	
                               representatives	 included	 Locomotive	                   an	upcoming	Health	and	Fitness	Fair.		The	fair	will	be	held	
                               Engineer	 Mike	 Lunak	 and	 Switchman	                   at:	
                               Steve	Burris	and	his	wife,	Tammie.		Malm	                 •	 Minot	Terminal	on	Nov.	9	between	noon	and	5	p.m.,	
                               and	 Burris	 are	 former	 Central	 Knights	                   and	Nov.	10	from	7	a.m.	to	10	a.m.
                               athletes.		In	fact,	Malm	coached	Burris.                  •	 Mandan	Terminal	on	Nov.	10	from	noon	to	5	p.m.,	and	
                               	 Following	 the	 game,	 the	 Burris’	 pre-                   Nov.	11	from	7	a.m.	to	noon.
                               sented	most	valuable	player	trophies	to	the	             	 Vendors	will	provide	health	screenings	to	check	indi-
                               selected	athletes	from	each	team.		Despite	              vidual	numbers	regarding	cholesterol,	glucose,	high	blood	
                               a	breezy,	drizzly	evening,	more	than	4,000	              and	body	mass	index.
Steve Burris presents MVP watched	Red	River	Roughriders	hold	its	                       	 Flu	shots	also	will	be	available.
Awards to the selected players
during the 14th Cliff Cushman crosstown	rivalry	Central	Knights	score-
Classic in Grand Forks.        less	with	final	score	of	13	-	0.
                                                        NORTHERN LIGHT


Angel Tree will be ready in November
	 Northtown	Employees	can	once	again	sponsor	a	child	by	                   be	set	up	in	November.		Once	an	individual	removes	an	angel	
selecting	 an	 angel	 from	 the	 Salvation	Army’s	Angel	 Tree	 at	         from	the	tree,	the	employee	has	the	joy	of	purchasing	age	and	
Northtown’s	 General	 Office	 Building.	 	 This	 year’s	 tree	 will	       gender	appropriate	gifts,	as	outlined	on	the	angel.		If	you	select	
contain	30	angels,	which	each	represent	the	gift	wishes	of	a	child	        an	angel,	please	contact	Dolly	Hudak	at	763-782-3237	or	Roxann	
in	need	from	the	Minneapolis	area.                                         Depee		218-291-2402	and	advise	them	of	your	name.	Hudak	will	
	 The	tree	will	be	displayed	in	the	GOB	lunch	room	and	will	               collect	the	gifts	for	pickup	by	the	Salvation	Army.

Harbor                               	 Autumn	is	here	and	the	cold	Minnesota	                of	these	item	helps	people	in	need	stay	warm	
                                     winter	is	just	around	the	corner.		That’s	why	          during	the	winter	months.		BNSF	employees	
Light                                the	 Minneapolis	 Harbor	 Light	 Center,	 the	
                                     city’s	 largest	 homeless	 shelter,	 needs	 our	
                                                                                             can	 donate	 these	 items	 between	 Nov.	 1-30.	
                                                                                             Donation	boxes	will	be	set	up	at	Northtown’s	
                                     help	–	as	it	provides	services	for	upwards	of	          General	 Office	 Building,	 Diesel	 Shop,	 Car	
welcomes                             1,800	adults	per	day.		
                                     	 Through	the	years,	BNSF	employees	have	
                                                                                             Shop	and	Hump	Tower.	
                                                                                             	 Your	support	is	appreciated.		If	you	have	
                                     supported	the	Harbor	Light	Center	by	donat-             questions	contact	Carlos	Canchola	at	782-3372	
donations                            ing	winter	coats,	gloves,	hats	and	boots.			Each	       or	Bob	Johnson	at	782-3171.


Exercise facility to open in Northtown
	 Northtown	 employees	 will	 soon	 be	          BNSF	employees	are	on	the	premise.               When	 you	 finally	 retire,	 you’re	 going	 to	
pumping	iron,	in	addition	to	riding	on	or	       	 The	 safety	 assistant	 anticipates	 em-       enjoy	your	retirement	longer	because	you’re	
repairing	it,	as	construction	of	Northtown’s	    ployees	of	all	crafts	will	take	advantage	                                                        	
                                                                                                  going	 to	 be	 healthier	 and	 in	 better	 shape.	
fitness	center	nears	completion.                 of	the	new	center.		By	staying	healthy	and	      That’s	what	the	center	is	all	about.”
	 The	 renovation	 and	 transfer	 project	       fit,	employees	can	continue	safe	careers	
will	move	the	workout	facility	to	a	new	         on	 the	 rail-
and	 improved	 center	 that	 offers	 a	 range	   road	all	the	
of	features,	including	new	equipment.            way	 up	 to	
	 “Everyone	 is	 excited	 about	 the	            retirement.
change,”	 said	 Bob	 Johnson,	 safety	 as-       	 “ T h e	
sistant.	 	 “We’ve	 learned	 from	 what	 we	     bottom	 line	
had	 and	 this	 will	 definitely	 be	 a	 more	   is	 everyone	
functional	facility.”                            wants	 to	
	 The	fitness	center	will	feature	free	          be	 fit	 and	
weights,	 aerobic	 machines,	 punching	          in	 shape,”	
bags,	a	Ping-Pong	table	and	other	equip-         Johnson	 said.		
ment.		A	designated	area	with	television	        “If	you’re	healthy,	
monitors	 and	 rubber	 flooring	 will	 be	       then	you	feel	better	and	
used	for	group	exercises.		While	the	new	        you’re	more	productive.	   	
facility	 will	 give	 access	 to	 locker	 and	   Plus,	you’re	less	likely	to	
shower	facilities,	it	will	not	give	access	      sustain	an	injury,	and	if	
to	 any	 unauthorized	 people.	 	 A	 con-        you	do	get	injured,	you’re	
trolled	access	feature	ensures	that	only	        going	to	recover	quicker.	   	
                                                        NORTHERN LIGHT

                                                     Sioux City

  Moyer happy to be
    part of team
  	 Sioux	City	employees	welcomed	Matt	Moyer	Aug.	2	as	
  the	trainmaster	transferred	from	the	Powder	River	Division	
  in	Ravenna,	Neb.
  	 Moyer	welcomes	the	new	opportunity	to	gain	a	greater	
  understanding	of	BNSF	operations	and	plans	to	continue	to	
  build	his	leadership	skills.		                                             Mat t Moyer joins
                                                                                                 the Sioux City tea
                                                                                                                      m Aug. 2 as a tra
  	 “I	look	forward	to	the	change	—	new	people,	new	places,	                                                                              inmaster.
  new	relationships,	new	challenges,”	Moyer	said.
  	 Moyer	joined	the	railroad	in	May	2003	as	a	train	dis-                    September	 2007	 when	 he	 relocated	 to	 Ravenna	 as	
  patcher	 in	 Fort	 Worth.	 	 In	 May	 2006,	 he	 began	 as	 an	 as-        trainmaster.		
  sistant	chief	dispatcher.		He	then	became	manager	corridor	                	 He	 and	 his	 wife	 of	 12	 years,	 Jennifer,	 are	 the	 proud	
  operations	on	the	Montana	Division	out	of	Fort	Worth	until	                parents	of	Bailey,	9;	Spencer,	6;	and	Madison,	20	months.

 United Way working toward goals
    Rolling	 out	 its	 United	 Way	 cam-       10-year	program	designed	to	achieve	the	
paign	 in	 October,	 Twin	 Cities	 Division	   following	goals	by	2018:                                         lower-income	 families	 who	 are	
employees	 continue	 to	 give	 generously.		   •	 Improve	education	and	cut	the	number	                         financially	unstable	–	on	the	road	to	
The	 organization	 aims	 to	 improve	 lives	        of	high	school	dropouts	–	1.2	million	                      economic	independence.
by	mobilizing	the	caring	power	of	com-              students,	every	year	–	in	half.          •	                 Promote	 healthy	 lives	 and	 increase	
munities	around	the	world	to	advance	the	      •	 Help	 people	 achieve	 financial	 sta-                        by	one-third	the	number	of	youth	and	
common	good.                                        bility,	 and	 get	 1.9	 million	 work-                      adults	who	are	healthy	and	avoid	risky	
	 In	 2008,	 United	 Way	 initiated	 a	             ing	 families	 –	 half	 the	 number	 of	                    behaviors.

                                                                                                                                                      Sioux Falls

  Berghorst takes on new territory
  	   Following	in	Tom	Neeser’s	footsteps,	Randy	Berghorst	                  	 Berghorst	joined	the	railroad	Sept.	10,	1992,	as	a	steel	
                    has	 big	 shoes	 to	 fill	 as	 he	 began	 re-            gang	laborer.		He	took	his	first	exempt	responsibility	in	2000.
                       sponsibility	Sept.	29	as	Sioux	Falls’	                	 Prior	 to	 joining	 the	 railroad,	 Berghorst	 served	 in	 the	
                          roadmaster.                                        Army	 National	 Guard	 artillery	 division.	 	 He	 enlisted	 after	
                              	      “Tom	 Neeser	 was	 a	 proven	           high	school.		
                              leader,”	Berghorst	said.		“He	was	a	           	 “It	was	an	easy	transition	to	the	railroad,”	he	said.
                              Sioux	Falls’	staple.		I’m	going	to	try	        	 Berghorst	was	born	in	Pipestone,	Minn.,	and	attend	school	
                              to	continue	what	Tom	has	started.”             in	Garretson,	S.D.		He	and	his	children,	Brandon,	6;	Zoey,	5;	
                             	       In	 order	 to	 maintain	 focus	         and	Ethan,	7	months,	currently	reside	in	Luverne,	Minn.		
                                 on	 safety,	 Berghorst	 aims	 to	           	 In	addition	to	camping	with	the	children,	the	Berghorsts	
                                  emphasize	communication.                   enjoy	movie	night.		Berghorst	also	participates	in	taekwondo	
                           	       “Communication	 is	 one	 of	              classes	with	his	son	and	takes	his	daughter	to	dance	class.	
                                the	important	elements	of	safe-              	 During	the	upcoming	months,	he	looks	forward	to	meeting	
                                        ty,”	 he	 said.	 “It’s	 times	       his	co-workers	and	learning	his	territory.
                                            of	 uncertainty	 that	           	 “I	want	to	make	my	co-workers’	job	as	easy	and	safe	as	
                                               increase	risk.”	 	            possible,”	he	said.

                                                    Randy Berghorst, Sioux Falls roadmaster

                                                      NORTHERN LIGHT

                                                     Mandan                                                                    Division

                                                                               of the
                                                                        	 John	Geleneau,	Twin	Cities	Division-South	BMWE	safety	
                                                                        assistant,	does	more	than	tip	his	hat	to	his	co-workers	who	ex-
                                                                        ercise	Safety	Excellence	Leadership	principles.		He	gives	them	
                                                                        a	“Safety	Leader”	embroidered	hat.
                                                                        	 “The	 hats	 are	 an	 outward	 sign	 to	 show	 that	 this	 indi-
                                                                        vidual	did	something	extraordinary	in	the	field	of	safety,”	
                                                                        Geleneau	said.
                                                                        	 The	recognition	program	is	based	upon	the	American	Red	
                                                                        Cross’	“I	gave	blood	today”	stickers.
                                                                        	 “It’s	basically	a	badge	that	says	I	did	the	right	thing,”	
                                                                        he	said.		“We	want	these	employees	to	know	we	appreciate	
                                                                        their	efforts.”
                                                                        	 For	the	past	year,	Geleneau	has	awarded	hats	based	upon	
Lending a helping hand                                                  co-worker	and	supervisor’s	recommendations,	plus	his	own	
                                                                        observations	 of	 employees	 taking	 safety	 leadership	 to	 the	
	 On	Oct.	1,	Mandan	Terminal	employees	began	a	month-                   next	level.
long	food	drive	for	the	Ruth	Meiers	Hospitality	House,	which	           	 The	award	recently	was	adopted	as	part	of	the	department’s	
provides	 housing	 and	 supportive	 services	 to	 assist	 homeless	     safety	leadership	program,	and	now	includes	a	letter	of	recogni-
and	low	income	people	in	achieving	self-sufficiency	within	the	         tion	from	the	individual’s	frontline	supervisor.
Bismarck	and	Mandan	area.                                               	 While	speaking	out	for	safety	isn’t	always	easy,	Geleneau	
	 Due	to	its	diverse	services,	Mandan	employees	felt	it	was	            knows	employees	appreciate	each	other’s	efforts.
a	good	organization	to	support,	according	to	Marsha	Boehm,	             	 “We	all	want	each	other	to	go	home	safe	and	sound,”	he	said.	   	
Mandan	administrative	assistant.                                        “So,	if	your	co-worker	approaches	you,	know	that	they	care	for	
	 Items	needed	include	but	are	not	limited	to:                          you	as	a	person	and	are	stopping	you	for	the	right	reason.”
                                                                        	 If	an	employee	is	approached	by	their	co-worker,	Geleneau	
   Women and children shelters                                          advises	them	to	simply	take	a	step	back	from	the	situation	and	
                                                                        see	how	to	proceed	differently.		
   toys	                            gloves	and	winter	hats              	 “It’s	an	opportunity	for	dialogue	and	enables	employees	to	
   board	games	                     diapers,	baby	wipes,	lotion	        discuss	a	safer	way	of	completing	the	task,”	he	said.
   children’s	puzzles               and	powder
   children’s	mittens	
                                                                                                                “Safety Leader” embroidered
                                                                                                                   hats are presented by John
   Food pantry                                                                                                        Geleneau, Twin Cities
                                                                                                                        Division-South BMWE
   canned	meats                     spaghetti	sauce                                                                       safety assistant, to
   canned	or	bottled	fruit	juices   stuffing	mix                                                                           individuals who
   coffee	and	coffee	creamer        tuna	helper                                                                              are observed
   cereal                           Velveeta
                                                                                                                              practicing Safety
   instant	rice	and	potato	mixes    powdered	milk                                                                                Leadership
   mayonnaise	or	Miracle	Whip       chili                                                                                         principles.
   jelly                            sloppy	joe	mix	
   healthy	snacks                   tuna
   powdered	drink	mixes             peanut	butter
   snack	size	puddings

   Hygiene products
   shampoo	              soap	                 toothpaste	
   conditioner	          shaving	lotion	       floss
   body	wash	            razors	                                   10
                                                                     NORTHERN LIGHT

                                                                                         the word
                                                                                           	 Operation	Lifesaver	was	on	hand	at	the	Brown	County	Fair	
                                                                                           Aug.	17-22	in	Aberdeen,	S.D.,	to	educate	the	public	on	railroad	
                                                                                           crossing	safety.		The	venue	was	a	perfect	forum	to	stress	the	
                                                                                           importance	of	railroad	safety,	according	to	Cheri	Bonebrake,	
                                                                                           locomotive	engineer	and	Operation	Lifesaver	presenter.
                                                                                           	 	 “It	 brings	 some	 interest	 and	 attention	 to	 just	 how	
                                                                                           important	this	issue	is	for	the	general	public,”	she	said	of	
                                                                                           the	organization’s	involvement	in	public	events.
                                                                                           	 Bonebrake	helped	bring	the	Operation	Lifesaver	crash	car	
                                                                                           and	trailer	to	the	fair,	courtesy	of	the	North	Dakota	Operation	
                                                                                           Lifesaver	Board.		Promotional	items	also	were	distributed	to	
                                                                                           the	exhibit’s	patrons	as	a	means	to	promote	awareness.

Ashton and Jackson Holzer, sons of Joey Holzer, conductor, visit the Operation
Lifesaver booth at this year’s Brown County Fair.

   Saving lives since 1972
      Since it’s inception in 1972, Operation Lifesaver has dramatically impacted
   the way motorists react when approaching a railroad crossing. In the 38
   years of the program’s existence, grade crossing accidents have decreased
   almost three-fourths, according to one Operation Lifesaver presenter.                 Brown County Fair attendees take pause to view an Operation Lifesaver display,
       “One collision is too many,” said Cheri Bonebrake, locomotive engineer.           which was on exhibition Aug. 17-22 in Aberdeen, S.D.
   “Collisions across the U.S. have been reduced by nearly 76 percent since
   1972, and one of the ways is through education.”
      The first step to eliminating these accidents is a constant focus on new
   ways to use technology. These advances have helped create grade crossing
   surveillance, quiet zones, and even more enhanced gate and lighting systems.
      Once these items are put in place, it is up to Operation Lifesaver to
   reach out to the community through educational programs. Whether it be a
   presentation to a school or local business, the more people reached means
   a safer experience for not only motorists, but for train crews as well.
      “If this information can help one life out there, then that’s worth my
   time and efforts,” said Bonebrake, a presenter since 1989. “It truly is an
   excellent program.”
      She encouraged train crews to be on the lookout for grade crossing
   violations, and urges those to be reported in the proper fashion. One such
   incident reported by a crew resulted in Bonebrake being asked to educate
   a local business that had a truck driver narrowly escape running through a
   crossing gate.
      By reporting the incident, law enforcement monitored the area and cited
   those that violated the crossing. This helped steer public perception and kept        From left, John Wright, superintendent of operations-South, and Jason Hearn, Aberdeen
   the traveling public and the railroad industry running smoothly.                      trainmaster, serve as Operation Lifesaver representatives during the festivities.

                                                                    NORTHERN LIGHT

Uncovering exceptional employees
         	 Twin	 Cities	 train	 crews	 are	 being	                  launched	the	Fuel	MVP	Program	to	rec-                     Jamestown Subdivision:
         honored	for	their	nearly	flawless	applica-                 ognize	 locomotive	 engineers	 who	 use	                  Victor	Kopp
         tion	of	train	handling	technique	and	safe	                 best	practices	in	operating	trains	for	fuel	              Darwin	Wilson
         operating	practices	through	the	Fuel	MVP	                  conservation.
         Program	and	the	Autoscan	program.                          	 Superintendent	 Operating	 Practices	                   KO Subdivision:
         	 Autoscan	 captures	 data	 related	 to	                   Mike	Lund	was	one	of	three	remote	road	                   Craig	Burgess
         train	 handling	 exceptions,	 pinpointing	                 foremen	 in	 Fort	 Worth	 to	 accept	 and	                Rodger	Donegan
         methods	 of	 operation	 not	 conducive	 to	                analyze	 the	 data.	 Lund	 helped	 institute	             Guy	Galliger
         fuel	conservation.                                         a	 rewards	 program,	 the	Autoscan	Ace	                   Jeff	Greenheck
         	 Radio	 towers	 located	 at	 strategic	                   Award,	to	recognize	conductor/engineer	                   Jeffrey	Hedges
         terminals	 download	 locomotive	 event	                    teams	who	exhibit	safety	and	efficiency	                  James	Hesch
         recorder	data	and	send	it	to	Fort	Worth.                   while	performing	their	duties.                            Joel	Kletsch
         	 In	line	with	Autoscan,	BNSF	                                                                                       Rodney		Knorr
         Operating	Practices	Department	                            Recent	Autoscan	Ace	Award	 winners	                       Michael	Mihalek
                                                                    include:                                                  Thomas	Neihart
                                                                    Chris	Martinez,	conductor
                                                                                                                              Marshall Subdivision:
                                                                              	Recent	 Fuel	 MVP	 honorees	                   David	Ransford
                                                                                include:                                      Michael	Sheffield
                                                                                  Appleton Subdivision:
                                                                                   Kenneth	Hofmann                            Wayzata Subdivision:
                                                                                   Jon	Steinbach                              Lowell	Myers
                                                                                                                              Randell	Olson
                                                                                     Hinckley Subdivision:                    Mark	Strohbeen
                                                                                     Gary	Van	Overmeiren
                                                                                    James	Peterson

From left, Bill Barrington, director of train handling, presents an Autoscan Ace Award to Chris Martinez, conductor. “Bill has been a huge proponent of identifying people
who are doing it right,”said Mike Lund, superintendent of operating practices.

MAKING THE GRADE                                                                                                                   St. Paul and Midway

	 In	order	to	enhance	safety	and	efficiency,	Minneapolis-area	 their	work	environment,”	Barrington	said.
Operating	 and	 Engineering	 department	 employees	 recently	 	 As	a	result	of	the	assessments,	BNSF	looks	to	enhance	rear-
participated	in	a	Heavy	Grade	Assessment	on	the	St.	Paul	and	 end	device	communication	at	the	Mississippi	Street	station	and	
Midway	subdivisions.                                                  create	 Operation-focused	 track	 charts,	 which	 highlight	 signal	
	 The	annual	assessments	are	performed	at	approximately	one	 locations,	distances	between	signals,	crossings	and	grades.		The	
dozen	heavy	grade	locations	on	the	BNSF	system	and	aim	to	assess	 team	also	captured	video	of	the	Midway	and	St.	Paul	subdivi-
crews’	operating	practices	as	well	as	track	and	signal	conditions.	 sions,	which	will	be	used	as	an	additional	training	tool	for	loco-
	 Individuals	such	as	Mike	Lund,	superintendent	of	operating	 motive	engineers.		
practices;	Bill	Barrington,	director	of	train	handling;	and	Chris	 	 As	a	result	of	past	Heavy	Grade	Assessments,	Lund	noted	
Golding,	 roadmaster,	 participated	 in	 the	 four-day	 evaluation.	 BNSF	and	Canadian	Pacific	altered	their	milepost	indicators	to	
While	the	St.	Paul	and	Midway	subdivisions’	grades	top	out	at	 distinguish	the	markers	and	enhance	situational	awareness.
1.75,	slightly	less	than	Federal	Railroad	Administration’s	heavy	 	 	The	Heavy	Grade	Assessments	have	been	in	place	for	ap-
grade	designation	of	2	percent,	the	BNSF	team	members	stated	 proximately	15	years.		The	program	has	had	a	dramatic	impact	
they	would	rather	be	safe	than	sorry	in	this	regard.                  on	operations,	according	to	Barrington.	Between	1988	and	1998,	
	 “We	 are	 more	 restrictive	 in	 the	 way	 we	 deal	 with	 heavy	 there	were	11	runaway	or	loss-of-control	incidents	on	the	BNSF	
grades,”	Barrington	said.		“We	simply	don’t	want	crews	to	get	 system.		There	have	been	none	since	1998.
into	an	over-speed	situation.”                                        	 “We	feel	our	knowledgeable	and	professional	crews,	as	well	
	 In	addition	to	a	bird’s	eye	view,	the	ride-a-longs	provide	man- as	our	procedures,	have	done	a	lot	to	eliminate	those	incidents,”	
agers	an	opportunity	to	discuss	the	subdivisions	with	the	crews. Barrington	said.		“We’ve	achieved	12	years	without	a	single	run-
	 “You’ll	 get	 better	 feedback	 from	 crews	 when	 you’re	 in	 away	incident	and	we’d	like	to	keep	it	that	way.”
                                                                     NORTHERN LIGHT


                                                                                                                           orming healthy habits is beneficial to everyone.
                                                                                                                           Each year, BNSF provides numerous rewarding
                                                                                                                           opportunities for employees to fulfill their health-
                                                                                                                      related goals.
                                                                                                                            Several locations inspire individuals to participate
                                                                                                                      in events such as weight-loss and recipe competitions.
Minot North Engineering employees including Randy Axtman, Larry Bellew, Ernie Boser, Bob Christianson, David          The combination of competitive spirits and lifestyle-
Dahm, Joe Dosch, Rod Engleson, Terry Hanson, Tom Haider, Tim Kuhnhenn, Leo Marcy Jr.,David Meier, Blaine
Miller, Gerald Mitzel, Archie Nelson, Jay Nelson, Bryant Schmidt, Steve Selfors, Darrell Thibert, Tim Tranby, David   changing contests appeals to employees in unique
Wald, and David Zodrow, celebrate 1,000 days injury free during a summertime event at a Rugby, N.D., city park.       ways. For example, James Stevenson, machinist, con-

3 YearS
                                                                                                                      cocted his version of the Biggest Loser challenge for
                                                                                                                      Barstow LMIT. Employees in Chicago Division created
                                                                                                                      a similar challenge, teaming with a local LA Fitness®
                                                                                                                      gym, encouraging increased exercise. Individuals in the
                                                                                                                      Twin Cities and Montana divisions seized the opportu-

inJUrY Free
                                                                                                                      nity to learn about nutrition and exercise in the Lose to
                                                                                                                      Win Weight Loss Challenge where together, over 1 ton
                                                                                                                      of weight was lost.
                                                                                                                            BNSF employees also benefited from the “Win
                                                                                                                      with your best beans” recipe contest. Cooks submitted
                                                                                                                      their healthiest meals for a professional nutritionist to
                                                                                                                      evaluate. Employees voted on their favorite healthy
   » Minot North celebrates                                                                                           recipe to decide the winners. You and your fam-
                                                                                                                      ily can now access many of these recipes in the Rail-
         Engineering excellence                                                                                       roader’s Guide to Healthy Workday Eating online at the

                                                                                                                      Online Wellness Center. Groups also may request
                                                                                                                      printed copies of the guide by contacting Your HEALTH
                                                                                                                      Matters at
            he	 Minot	 North	 Engineering	                 Devil’s	 Lake	 Subdivision,	 where	 heavy	
                                                                                                                                                  Planning and promoting
            team	continues	to	make	safety	                 train	traffic	forces	employees	to	maintain	
                                                                                                                                            weight-management and other
            and	 quality	 its	 top	 priorities.	           heightened	awareness	at	all	times.
                                                                                                                                            contests can increase employee
            As	 of	 Sept.	 27,	 employees	                 	 Mother	Nature	also	plays	a	role	in	the	
                                                                                                                                            participation in healthy ac-
            surpassed	three	years	without	                 team’s	safety	efforts,	as	conditions	can	be	
                                                                                                                                            tivities, which benefits both
            an	FRA	reportable	injury.                      extreme	throughout	the	year.
	 According	 to	 Roadmaster	 Destrey	                      	 “It’s	a	challenge,	but	these	employees	                                        the individual and the BNSF
Gibson,	 his	 employees	 take	 the	 time	 to	              are	 extremely	 tough	 to	 weather	 through	                                     community. To get a healthy
identify	 potential	 hazards	 before	 begin-               the	 various	 conditions	 year	 round,	 and	                                     initiative started in your area,
ning	work,	and	make	the	extra	effort	to	                   most	 importantly,	 do	 it	 safely,”	 Gibson	                                    contact Your HEALTH Matters at
eliminate	those	risks.		                                   said.		“It	says	a	lot	for	the	kind	of	people	                          
	 Throughout	the	day,	the	team’s	strong	                   we	have	here.”                                              to request help in setting up a local employee wellness
communication	is	put	to	work	through	re-                   	 Employees	recently	took	part	in	the	                     program. YHM will work with a Field Medical Manager
briefings	when	job	conditions	change.		He	                 Safety	Excellence	classes	held	in	Minot,	                  at BNSF to help you promote and conduct a successful
reports	that	employees	stop	to	talk	about	                 helping	to	given	them	new	ideas	for	ways	                  program.
new	concerns	regularly,	and	everyone	re-                   to	 work	 safely	 and	 keep	 each	 other	 fo-
mains	in	the	loop	about	local	traffic	in	the	              cused	on	going	home	the	same	way	they	           
area.		This	is	especially	important	on	the	                came	to	work.
                                                        NORTHERN LIGHT

                                                                                                                            Sioux Falls

Neeser — a sioux Falls staple — retires
	 While	Tom	Neeser	won’t	miss	the	late	night	calls	or	work	during	wintertime	
conditions,	he	will	miss	his	co-workers,	as	he	retired	Sept.	29.
	 “I’m	proud	that	I	had	a	great	work	force,”	said	the	retired	Sioux	Falls	district	
roadmaster.		“We	were	a	close-knit	bunch.		We’ve	had	a	lot	of	great	accomplish-
ments.		I	couldn’t	even	begin	to	list	them	all.”	
	 Joining	the	railroad	May	11,	1970,	Neeser	worked	31	of	his	40	years	as	
Sioux	Falls	roadmaster.
	 During	retirement,	he	looks	forward	to	spending	time	with	family,	never	get-
ting	up	at	5	a.m.,	again,	and	making	plans	without	looking	at	a	calendar	first	–	as	
he	plans	to	get	rid	of	his	BlackBerry.		The	Neesers	intend	to	travel	to	Florida	for	
Christmas	and	visit	their	daughter	in	Washington,	D.C.
	 In	addition	to	golfing	and	fishing,	Neeser	plans	to	perform	a	number	of	home	
improvement	projects.
	 “My	honey-do	list	is	extremely	long,”	he	joked.
	 During	 Neeser’s	 retirement	 celebration,	 congratula-                                                                        Tom Neeser,
tory	excerpts	were	read	from	Michael	Armstrong,	general	
                                                                                                                                 Sioux Falls
director	of	maintenance	planning.                                                                                                roadmaster,
	 Working	on	the	railroad	for	more	than	40	years	is	in	                                                                          serves his
itself	a	great	accomplishment.
                                                                                                                                 Jack a slice
	 John	 Cech,	Twin	 Cities	 Division	 general	 director	 of	                                                                     of retirement
maintenance,	noted	that	he	and	others	had	been	mentored	                                                                         cake, which
by	Neeser	throughout	the	years.		                                                                                                celebrated
	 “Tom	Neeser	is	the	best	roadmaster	I’ve	ever	worked	                                                                           40 years of
with,”	he	said.		“Thanks	for	all	you’ve	done.”                                                                                   service.

Operation stop: Keeping an eye out for one another
	 See	signs	of	drug	or	alcohol	abuse?	      	   	 To	be	successful,	OpStop	interactions	         verbally	or	via	other	methods.	Team	mem-
Then	Operation	Stop	is	here	to	help.            with	the	employee	often	occur	off	duty	and	      bers	 create	 a	 proactive,	 non-threatening	
	 Operation	Stop	is	designed	to	be	an	          off	site.                                        environment	for	employees	to	receive	help	
intervention	that	is	focused	on	confiden-       	 “The	essence	of	the	program	is	em-             with	substance	abuse	challenges.
tially	resolving	an	issue	without	discipline	   ployees	helping	each	other,”	said	George	        	 Anyone	can	help:	If	someone	shows	
or	investigation,	according	to	Rick	Olson,	     Kane,	 Employee	 Assistance	 Program	            signs	 of	 alcohol	 or	 drug	 abuse	 on	 the	
BLET	safety	coordinator.			The	sole	pur-        manager.		“The	hope	is	to	get	one’s	co-          job,	 best	 way	 to	 help	 them	 face	 their	
pose	of	this	intervention	is	the	safety	and	    worker	the	help	they	need.”                      problem	is	to	make	sure	their	behaviors	
well-being	of	the	employee,	their	family	       	 Operation	 Stop’s	 mission	 is	 to	 pro-       or	mistakes	that	result	from	the	abuse	or	
and	their	co-workers.	                                    mote	 a	 work	 environment	 free	      addiction	are	not	covered	up.		Also,	tell	
	 “The	key	is	communicating	a	                            from	 the	 problems	 associated	       an	OpStop	member.
straightforward	message	that	we	                          with	the	use	of	alcohol	and	oth-       	 The	Employee	Assistance	Program	is	
are	concerned	and	there	are	ways	                         er	 drugs,	 thereby	 promoting	 a	     a	company-sponsored	program	designed	
to	get	help,”	Olson	said.	                                healthier	lifestyle	for	employees	     to	provide	immediate	professional	assis-
                                                          and	 reducing	 the	 incidence	 of	     tance	for	personal	or	emotional	problems.	
                                                          workplace	injuries,	Kane	said.         These	 services	 are	 provided	 as	 an	 em-
                                                               The	confidential	nature	of	the	   ployee/	dependent	benefit	and	include	as-
                                                          program	 forbids	 OpStop	 mem-         sistance	with	marital	and	family	problems,	
                                                          bers	from	revealing	any	informa-       work-related	 conflicts,	 job	 performance	
                                                          tion	about	an	individual,	whether	     issues,	emotional	distress,	mental	health	
                                                          that	 information	 was	 received	      problems,	and	alcohol	or	drug	abuse.
                                                                       NORTHERN LIGHT

                                                 Seeing                               	 In	 the	 upcoming	 months,	 the	 Twin	 Cities	 Division	 Diversity	
                                                                                      Council	wants	employees	to	be	on	the	lookout	for	RED	–	Respect	

                                                  RED                                 Every	Day	–		a	new	initiative	developed	between	human	resources,	
                                                                                      union	leadership	and	management	to	give	employees	a	non-confronta-
                                                                                      tional	way	to	stop	offensive	or	disrespectful	behavior	in	the	workplace.

                                                                                                                                       Mandan and Dilworth

CPs: Entertaining, effective
	 Providing	a	fun	yet	effective	learning	                   Questions	are	then	openly	examined.	
experience,	 Tessa	 Burkle,	 UTU	 safety	                   	 “It	inspires	discussion,”		Burkle	said.
coordinator,	and	Rick	Olson,	BLET	safety	                   	 Olson	concurred.
coordinator,	work	to	expand	the	Classroom	                  	 “There	is	always	a	discussion	after	
Performance	System	across	the	division.		                   the	results	are	revealed,”	he	said.
	 According	 to	 Burkle,	 CPS	 is	 similar	                 	 The	 safety	 committee	 uses	 the	 re-
to	Buffalo	Wild	Wings’	trivia.		Employees	                  sulting	measurements	to	pinpoint	areas	
watch	presentations	and	answer	multiple-                    of	 concern	 for	 enhanced	 on-the-job	
choice	 questions	 based	 on	 various	 sce-                 training	and	education.		The	information	 Dilworth TY&E crews engage in an interactive way of
narios.		CPS’	modules	currently	are	based	                  obtained	 and	 associated	 rules	 are	 then	 learning railroad rules and regulations called Classroom
on	requests	and	synopsis	of	calls	made	to	                  discussed	with	the	work	force	at	future	 Participation System.
BNSF’s	Operating	Rules	Hot	Line.                            safety	marathons.
	 “It	enables	crews	to	discuss	the	practi-                  	 “It	 shows	 you	 where	 you	 need	 to	         Burkle	said.
cal	applications	of	the	rules,”	Burkle	said.                focus	your	attention,”	Olson	said.               	 Burkle	and	Olson	plan	to	use	CPS	dur-
	 Answers	 are	 anonymously	 submit-                        	 In	September,	Burkle	hosted	a	variety	 ing	Enhanced	Safety	Training	and	safety	
ted	 with	 interactive,	 individual	 handheld	              of	 CPS	 classes	 with	 Dilworth’s	 switch,	 marathons.	 	 Burkle	 recently	 attended	 a	
devices	and	anonymously	displayed	to	pro-                   inbound	and	outbound	crews.		                    Kansas	 City-area	 workshop	 in	 order	 to	
mote	greater	participation	with	less	stress.		              	 “Everyone	was	excited	to	participate,”	 diversify	the	program’s	use.	

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                                                                                                                    BN  SFvideos             vertis ements	on
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     address and phone number for verification and              or objectionable material such as profane
     contact purposes.                                          language, violence, nudity, or personal attacks
4.   Only BNSF employees from the Twin Cities Division          on people/public entities or companies. Any
     and their family members are eligible to participate       submissions deemed inappropriate will be removed                 for or against candidates for office, political/union
     in this contest. One entry per household.                  from the contest.                                                issues or commercial products.
5.   A winner will be chosen at random from all entries.    11. Videos may not contain any endorsements,                   12.   Videos must avoid violating any copyright laws or
6.   Winner will receive an Apple iPod Touch®, which has        solicitations, commercial, or similar content advocating         using brand names or logos other than BNSF.

                                                               NORTHERN LIGHT

             either	snow,	rain,	heat	or	dark-     Northern Light appears under direction of the general manager. For news coverage, contact Larisa at the newsletter office 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 e-mail This
             ness	 keeps	 RP07	 employees	        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

             from	 safely	 accomplishing	
                                                  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

             their	appointed	course.	             type of employment guarantee.
                                                  Any photo submitted may be used. Anyone who submits a photo retains all rights to the image. However, by submission you give the newsletter
     As	 a	 result	 of	 their	 safety-focused	    permission to use your photo(s) in all related media. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue of the newsletter, including but not limited
                                                  to, Herb Beam, Randy Berghorst, Marsha Boehm, Tessa Burkle, Matt Dela Vega, Tim Dingmann, Dick Ebel, Dan Ferguson, Laura Ferguson, Destrey
efforts,	employees	approach	seven	years	          Gibson, Robert Hansen, Breanne Holzer, Connie John-Swanson, Mike Lunak, Mike Lund, Amy McBeth, Phillip Mullen, Richard Olson and Allison Terrell.

without	an	FRA	reportable	incident	and	           		
recorded	2,534	days	on	Sept.	22.                       BNsF Railway
	 Guy	 Weatherly,	 RP07	 production	                   Twin Cities Division                                                                                                        PRSRT STD
roadmaster,	 praises	 his	 team	 for	 their	           80 44TH AVE NE                                                                                                            U.S. POSTAGE

dedication	to	safety.		
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                                                                                                                                                                                  MAIL U.S.A.
	 “They	are	the	one’s	safely	performing	
the	work,”	he	said.	
	 If	the	crew	faces	unfavorable	weather	
conditions,	Weatherly	noted	they	simply	
discuss	how	they	are	going	to	handle	them	
and	work	off	of	the	plan.		When	conditions	
change,	the	crew	briefs.
	 Prior	 to	 any	 task,	 potential	 hazards	
are	pinpointed	and	mitigated,	if	possible.	   	
During	 operations,	 newfound	 risks	 are	
communicated	and	visually	marked	with	
a	cone	or	paint.	
	 Weatherly	also	commends	his	team-
mates	 for	 watching	 out	 for	 their	 co-
workers	and	adhering	to	the	rules.


RP07 Crews work safely to repair a
Northtown departure track.

Standing the

TEsT OF TIME                                                                        16

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