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FOBNR Frequently Asked Questions

What do we do?

We publish a quarterly newsletter, The BN Expediter. It is usually 20 pages in length and provides pictures and articles about the BN and the BNSF railroads - the October issue contains color photos. Contributions from members are encouraged and welcomed. We also hold an annual convention at a city somewhere along the BN system lines.

How do I join?

You can join on-line or via regular mail. For detailed instructions, click here.

What are the dues?

Annual Regular membership dues are $25, Youth (16 and under) are $10. For those wishing to provide additional support, a Sustaining membership is available at $50 per year. Sustaining members get a free BN color calendar.

Can I get back issues of The BN Expediter?

Your annual membership entitles you to all issues for that calendar year, no matter when you join during the year. Issues from years past are available for purchase from Back Issues.

Are there other materials I can obtain?

We have a limited number if items available. Nameplates and copies of the book, The Burlington Northern-An Operational Chronology, by John Strauss are available for purchase from the Company Store. Other materials regarding maps, equipment, business, history, and other topics may be available through the Secretary. In addition, we maintain the BN archives-a small collection of materials available to researchers.

What can I learn?

The BN Expediter has presented articles about equipment, history, locations, operations, infrastructure, videos, current events, modeling, business, and other writings on the BN, just to name a few topics. It also has a question and answer section. In addition, the annual convention offers the opportunity to share information and experiences with fellow BN enthusiasts and to learn about and experience the specific location of the convention.

Can I get help with my questions?

You can contact the Secretary or the Editor of The BN Expediter with specific questions.

Can I donate to the Friends of the Burlington Northern Railroad?

We are a 501-(c) (3) non-profit organization under the regulations and definitions of the IRS. We accept your donations, which may be tax-deductible. Contact the Secretary or the President with questions and/or instructions.

Does your archive have records of railroad employees?

No. We do not have access to employee information of any company associated with BN or BNSF. See the following link to search for genealogy information.

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