Union Pacific Sets Monthly Record Moving Loaded Agricultural Unit Trains

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Railroad announced it set a monthly record for moving loaded agricultural unit trains from facilities across its network.

In November, the railroad moved 400 agricultural unit trains, breaking the previous record of 381 trains during October 2006. Of the 400 trains, 338 of them were grain and soybean unit trains and 62 were grain product trains.

“With record crop production levels, we knew this would be a busy year.  Every area, from operating to engineering to our dispatch center, was ready for the challenge and provided peak service levels for our customers,” said Paul Hammes, Union Pacific vice president and general manager – Agricultural.

Union Pacific also announced the following agriculture loading records:

  • During November, Union Pacific moved 35,588 carloads of grain and soybeans.  This was the best November since 2007 when the railroad moved 33,797 cars.  The previous best November was in 2002 with 32,897 carloads.
  • Union Pacific moved 12,399 carloads of soybeans in November, the second largest month ever behind October 2009 when the company moved 16,490 carloads of soybeans.