Moving Military Equipment by Rail from Camp Ripley
This summer BNSF worked with the National Guard to load 400 railcars of military equipment for a major training exercise in the Mojave Desert. Humvees, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Abrams tanks and other equipment were loaded at Camp Ripley. In all, 8 trains made the nearly 2,000 mile trip to the Mojave Desert for the soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.
For generations, railroads have assisted the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) with the movement of military equipment. The DOD established the Strategic Rail Corridor Network (STRACNET), initially designed to mobilize military units during wartime. Today, the STRACNET maintains its use as an economically and environmentally responsible method of moving heavy military equipment. STRACNET consists of 38,800 miles of rail lines important to national defense and provides service to 193 defense installations.
BNSF Celebrates First Responders with Special Train Trips in St Paul and Dilworth
To provide an update on BNSF training resources and thank first responders for everything they do for the community, BNSF invited area firefighters, police, other first responders, and their families for a two-hour train ride in Dilworth, and another in St Paul earlier this summer. In total, 400 passengers were treated to snacks and beverages and children were given wooden train whistles on the rides called the “First Responder Express.”
At the Dilworth stop, the BNSF Railway Foundation donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross Dakota Region, which covers western Minnesota, and in St Paul, a $5,000 donation was given to the St. Paul Fire Foundation.