Tuesday, May 1, 2012

BNSF Launches Online Interactive Map

BNSF Railway has launched a new interactive map that highlights some of the activities along its 32,000-mile rail network, including the 155-mile Scenic Subdivision in western Washington State.

Visitors to a special website can select markers containing links to news updates, community projects and photos, as well as videos of BNSF trains in action and historical information.

The interactive map, which is powered by Google technology, can give users a bird’s-eye view of the entire network at once, or can zoom in to focus on a particular area of interest.

Users also can filter the selection of map markers using categories such as news, community, history and landmarks and photos.

The site’s collection of video clips includes two videos shot from a train’s perspective. During the making, high-definition cameras were attached to the outside of two BNSF locomotives to capture the scenery along two picturesque routes along the network.

One video depicts BNSF’s Scenic Subdivision in western Washington between Everett and Baring; the second shows the landscape of eastern Wyoming along the Canyon Subdivision.

The map is available at http://map.friendsofbnsf.com.