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The BN RR was the product of a March 2nd, 1970 merger that involved four railroads; The Great Northern Rwy, The Northern Pacific, The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Rwy, The Spokane, Portland and Seattle Rwy,as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four. The merged railroad was initially going to be called Great Northern Pacific & Burlington Lines
On Dec 31st 1996 the BNSF was official created as a result of merging with the Santa Fe Rwy.

On Dec 1996 the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Rwy were officially merged and became the BNSF.

The BN through Mendota crossed with the IC and Milwaukee Railroad between 5th and 6th St. crossing. The BN has always had local jobs. The main one was the Zearing to La Salle branch. At one time when the CB&Q was operating they went to Streator. I imagine the BN also did into the late 1970's before the bridge was taken out in 1980 over the Illinois river. There also was a branch from Mendota that went to Denrock IL. I will find out more info on this line soon. Another CBQ branch off from Earlville  was one that went to Sterling IL. Not sure if it was in around 1970. Another branch that passed through Ottawa and  Streator was the BN branch from Montgomery. Anyone with info on the BN can contact me and I'll update this  page.

BN Mendota 1994 ist avenue

BN Mendota 1994

BN 1994 Ottawa

BN Local at Peru IL

BN Mendota Local at Ladd 1994

BN Local at Ladd mid 1990s
Photos by Ray Tutaj Jr

BN at Mendota Oct 1994

BN at Ladd working wye track 2000

Mendota BN Local working Motor wheel
After the IC was gone in 1985 the BN serviced Motor wheel until 1997 when plant closed

A BNSF loco at Zearing
Sept 2001

BN local in Peru IL 1998

BN at Mendota 1999

BN mendota 1994

COnductor Pat Reed on BN caboose Mendota Il 1998

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