Washington state

BNSF treats employees to train ride in vintage cars

Ryder Raymond, 8, of West Richland, looks out the window on the observation deck of a 1950s-era train car while riding Thursday with his mom Katie, dad Dustin, and sister Kylie Raymond, 4, during a BNSF Railway employee appreciation train ride. His dad, along with other BNSF employees, were able to bring their families and friends on a two-hour train ride in the vintage cars.

Each year since 1996, BNSF Railway has chosen various locations across its network through 28 states and three Canadian provinces and provided train rides to employees.

BNSF Railways also gave its first Community Heritage Award to the city of Pasco on Thursday evening. The company’s busiest terminal area in the Pacific Northwest is in Pasco and it has about 500 employees in Pasco and surrounding communities. The award recognizes Pasco’s history as a railroad town and the community’s partnership with BNSF.

In addition, the city of Pasco will be receiving the first ever BNSF Community Heritage award for the city’s history with the railroad and because it is the busiest terminal operation in the Pacific Northwest. Watch a video and see more photos at www.tricityherald.com.