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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Payments To Widow By Private Pension Plan

(Posted January 19, 2004)

Question 365: My mother was receiving a widow's pension from the Santa Fe Railroad for many years. She stopped receiving it in 2000 or 2001, but she was never sure why. Can you help?

Answer: As you are probably aware, the Santa Fe merged with the Burlington Northern in 1995; it is now called the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway.

Since you said the Santa Fe Railroad (not the Railroad Retirement Board) was paying your mother's benefit, you should contact that railroad to find out why her payments have been discontinued.

Their headquarters address is: 2650 Lou Menk Drive, P.O. Box 961057, Fort Worth TX 76161-0057. The phone number is (817) 352-1000.

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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