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BNSF Celebrates 175 Years of Rail Service

175 years ago today, on February 12, 1849, the Illinois General Assembly issued a charter for the Aurora Branch Railroad. The diminutive, six-mile line between West Chicago and Batavia, IL was the seed from which today's 32,500-route mile BNSF system grew. Check out the article in today's Railway Age on BNSF's history and present.

Below: Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy E9A #9913 at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Homestead, FL. The CB&Q was the ultimate successor to the Aurora Branch Railroad, and operated for much of the 20th Century under the control of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railroads, serving as their connection to eastern railroads through the Chicago gateway, as well as the agricultural and mineral-rich regions of Colorado and Texas. (Phil Bell Photo)

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