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Retiree Information

Retirees may not work at BNSF any longer, but many are active in their communities and play an important role as unofficial ambassadors for BNSF.

Check this site for information about benefits and retirement plans.

Want Railway?

If you are retired and would like to receive Railway, the quarterly magazine for Team BNSF, please send a request (with your home address and former employee ID number) to: or to:
Railway Editor
BNSF Corporate Relations
P.O. Box 961057, Fort Worth, Texas 76161-0057

Convention Alert!

The 40th Annual BNSF Veterans Association will hold the Chicago-Denver Region and System Director Convention Oct. 13-15 at the Hotel Ottumwa in Ottumwa, Iowa. For information, contact John F. Elliott, president, BNSF Vets System Directors, at 641-937-5172.

Are you in a BNSF veterans' or retirees' group?

BNSF plans to post information about any BNSF veteran or retiree groups throughout the network on this site. Make sure your group is included by sending contact information to . Your information will be added to the list.

BNSF Employee and Retiree Amtrak Travel Privileges Explained

If you are a current BNSF employee, or retiree of BNSF or one of its legacy railroads, and you were hired on or before April 27, 1981, you may be eligible for Amtrak travel privileges.

Amtrak travel privileges explained

For the information outlined below:

  • Scheduled retirees must be age 60 and have 30 years of continuous service at retirement to qualify for Amtrak benefits

  • Exempt retirees must be age 55 and have 25 years of continuous service at retirement to qualify for Amtrak travel benefits
If you are a (below) With continuous service prior to April 30, 1962 With continuous service May 1, 1962 through April 30, 1971 With continuous service May 1, 1971 through April 27, 1981 April 28, 1981 to present
Current Employee
  • Unlimited, free transportation on Amtrak, when Amtrak trains are traveling on rail lines owned by your home road*
  • Unlimited, 50 percent fare discounts on any other rail line on which Amtrak travels
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • 12 free trips per year
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • Once 12 free trips are used, employee gets 50 percent off trips on home rail
  • Trips on rail lines not on employee's home line are 50 percent off
25 percent off all Amtrak travel, systemwide No Amtrak travel privileges
Spouse of employee
  • Unlimited, free transportation on Amtrak, when it travels on spouse's home road of record as of April 30, 1971
  • Unlimited, 50 percent fare discounts on any other rail line on which Amtrak travels
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • 50 percent off the fare
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • Trips on rail lines not on the employee's home line are 50 percent off
25 percent off all Amtrak travel, systemwide No Amtrak travel privileges
Retiree
  • Unlimited, free transportation on Amtrak, when you travel on your home road of record as of April 30, 1971
  • Unlimited, 50 percent fare discounts on any other rail line on which Amtrak travels
  • Other accommodations - 50 percent off
  • 12 free round trips per year on home roads
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • Once 12 free trips are used, spouse of retiree gets 50 percent off trips on home rail
  • Trips on rail lines not on the retirees home line are 50 percent off
25 percent off all Amtrak travel, systemwide No Amtrak travel privileges
Spouse of retiree
  • Unlimited, free transportation on Amtrak, when it travels on retired spouse's home road of record as of April 30, 1971
  • Unlimited, 50 percent fare discounts on any other rail line on which Amtrak travels
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • 12 free round trips per year on home roads
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • Once 12 free trips are used, spouse of retiree gets 50 percent off trips on home rail
  • Trips on rail lines not on the retirees home line are 50 percent off
25 percent off all Amtrak travel, systemwide No Amtrak travel privileges
Dependant of employee or retiree
(must be younger than 18, or up to the age of 25 if he/she is a full-time student)
  • 12 free trips on Amtrak, when it travels on parent's home road of record on April 30, 1971
  • 50 percent discounts on any other rail line on which Amtrak travels
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • 12 free round trips per year on home roads
  • 50 percent off sleeping accommodations
  • Once 12 free trips are used, dependents of retirees get 50 percent off trips on home rail
  • Trips on rail lines not on the retirees home line are 50 percent off
25 percent off all Amtrak travel, systemwide No Amtrak travel privileges
Widow(er)
  • Widows(ers) of employees hired prior to April 30, 1952, with 19 years of continuous service on April 30, 1971, may be entitled to unlimited free transportation on the home road
  • Widows' dependents are not eligible for travel privileges
  • If the widow(er) remarries, he/she is no longer eligible for Amtrak travel privileges

* The employee's 'home road' means the railroad the employee worked for April 30, 1971, the date Amtrak began its service.

Do you qualify? Here's how to get your Amtrak travel card

  • Click here to download the application packet 
  • Call 817-352-4983 to request an application.
  • Complete the application, and mail it to the address provided.
  • Within four to six weeks, Amtrak will send the travel card to the address provided by the employee, retiree or spouse.

Only one card will be issued per eligible employee.

Other questions? Please call 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245).


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