BNSF to begin rail operations in Otoe County in January

Nebraska City News-Press

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, BNSF Railway will begin operating trains on the tracks that run along Highway 2 from Lincoln through Bennet, Palmyra, Unadilla, Syracuse and Dunbar to Nebraska City. On average, you can expect to see two trains a day on these tracks. With rail service resuming, it is critical to remember trains can run at any time and in any direction.

Nebraska Operation Lifesaver, a group dedicated to promoting rail safety and preventing grade crossing accidents, offers the following tips to ensure safety near the tracks:

Always expect a train; freight trains don't follow published schedules

A typical freight train can take more than a mile to stop

The train you see is likely closer and faster-moving than you think

The only safe place to cross the tracks is at a designated crossing

Being on railroad tracks and property is not only dangerous - it is illegal

Please visit for more information about rail safety. For information about trains operating through Syracuse, please contact BNSF Public Affairs Director Jeff Davis at