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BNSF Railway to Host Special Train Excursions in 2012 For American Indians and Veterans

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BNSF Railway has announced their participation in New Mexico's Statehood Centennial commemoration. BNSF's Platinum Level Sponsorship will include a contribution to the Centennial Children's Legacy Fund, in addition to special rides in their vintage business cars for American Indian Tribes and Pueblos in July and August of 2012, and the BNSF Holiday Express for military veterans in December.

"We are pleased to work with BNSF to honor the children, native peoples and veterans of the state of New Mexico at this unique moment in our state's history," said Stephen L. Elliott, New Mexico Centennial Foundation president to the Wall Street Journal. "This is an important time to honor New Mexico's past, while looking to a bright future."

The first rail line owned and operated by BNSF in New Mexico dates back to 1880. It's first rail line was located in Albuquerque, and today there more than 1,300 miles of operational tracks which employs more than 1,100 New Mexico residents.