SOURCE: BNSF Railway Company

May 10, 2006 15:35 ET

BNSF Railway Historic Photos Now Available Through Index Stock

FORT WORTH, TX and NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 10, 2006 -- Selections from the BNSF Railway archival photo collection are now available online for the first time, at photos.bnsf.com.

More than 170 historic images are available now, and new images are being added continually. Photos include such subjects as Northern Pacific trains of the 1870s, Great Northern steam engines of the 1920s, and the famous Santa Fe Super Chief.

Collectors can purchase everything from prints and mouse pads to coffee mugs featuring images of classic locomotives, trains and railroad scenes. The images also are available for editorial or commercial publication through Index Stock Imagery at www.indexstock.com/store/search.asp?SearchStr=///direct4118%3CIN%3EPHOTOGCODE.

The BNSF archival photo gallery is organized by predecessor railroad, era, and type of train or locomotive. Among the available photos are images of all major BNSF predecessor railroads, along with all types of trains and other aspects of railroading, including people and stations.

Please see BNSF Railway Company History section of this news release for more information on BNSF Railway's history and the predecessor railroads represented in the historic photo collection.

About BNSF Railway Company

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE: BNI), BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America, with about 32,000-route-miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. The railway is among the world's top transporters of intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other North American railroad, transports the components of many of the products we depend on daily, and hauls enough low-sulphur coal to generate about ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States. BNSF Railway is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at www.bnsf.com.

About Index Stock

Index Stock Imagery, Inc.™ The Independent Choice For Your Imagination, is an award winning and innovative supplier of photographs, illustrations, and digital images. It represents over 1,700 professional photographers and 80 independent still image providers and has agents in 70 foreign countries. It represents dozens of domestic collections and has 1,000,000 images available online. Index was the first stock agency to begin storing and distributing images electronically. It started scanning its collection in 1992 and launched its first e-commerce site in 1994. Index's million-image library is one of the largest and most complete collections of commercially available images in the world. Its four major Web sites, http://www.indexstock.com, http://www.indexopen.com, http://www.photostogo.com, and www.photostogounlimited.com, support emailable lightboxes, e-commerce shopping, prints, posters, postcards, cell phone wallpapers, and customized price grids and high-res comps, for qualified customers in the high end design, Web marketing, small business and consumer marketplaces. Index Open and Photostogo Unlimited are subscription services offering access to over 80,000 high-quality images for a set monthly price.

Index Stock Imagery, Inc. is a registered trademark. For more information on the Company, please visit its corporate Web site at www.indexstockimagery.com.

BNSF Railway Company History

Today's BNSF Railway is a product of 390 different merged lines. The oldest and largest predecessor was the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q), founded in 1849. The first train went from Batavia to Turner Junction (now West Chicago). This line operated the first printing telegraph in 1910. It also introduced the first diesel-powered streamlined passenger train.

The Burlington Northern Railroad was created in1970, with the merger of four primary lines: CB&Q, the Northern Pacific (NP), the Great Northern (GN), and the Spokane, Portland & Seattle (SP&S). Each played an important role in developing America's west. The NP was created by an Act of Congress, signed into law by President Lincoln in 1864. It followed much of the Lewis & Clark route, opening up the uncharted West.

In 1901 the NP and the GN purchased the CB&Q, providing access to Chicago, the Midwest and South. By 1905 the SP&S was built to serve as a GN and NP link. The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company, known as the Frisco, suffered everything from the Civil War to the Great Depression, adding to its rich history before it became part of Burlington Northern in 1980.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (AT&SF) name stayed intact from 1863 to 1995, when it merged with Burlington Northern to create BNSF Railway. It played a key role in promoting art and culture in the southwest.

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