Union Pacific’s Little Rock Express Steam Excursion Scheduled May 29 through June 9

OMAHA, Neb. — The Little Rock Express will depart May 29 from Kansas City, Mo., and conclude June 9 in Little Rock, Ark., as part of Union Pacific’s Great Excursion Adventure – You Route the Steam contest. More than 175,000 votes were cast for four different routes, with the Little Rock Express defeating the Tuscola Turn, Baton Rouge Rambler and Boise Express. As a result, Union Pacific’s legendary No. 3985 Challenger steam locomotive will make a goodwill tour starting in Kansas City, heading east through Jefferson City, Mo., and St. Louis before turning south en route to Little Rock. Details

Union Pacific Railroad Invests $6.9 Million for Track Improvements to Its Line from Yuma to Wellton

February 14, 2011 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Union Pacific Railroad will continue improving Arizona’s transportation infrastructure with a $6.9 million investment to enhance the rail line that runs from Yuma to Wellton. The 30-mile project includes removing and installing new rail and more than 47,000 railroad ties along this premium railroad corridor through southern Arizona. Crews will spread 18,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed. Union Pacific plans to spend approximately $3.2 billion in 2011 to support America’s current and future freight transportation needs and enhance the safety and efficiency of the railroad’s 32,000-mile network. Improved and additional rail capacity benefits

Union Pacific Announces Operating Department Appointments

February 4, 2011 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

SPRING, Texas — Union Pacific Railroad has announced the following appointments, effective February 1. Brian McGavock has been appointed general superintendent – Harriman Dispatching Center, based in Omaha, Nebraska. He succeeds Mark Payne, who is retiring after 32 years of service. In his new role, McGavock is responsible for train dispatching over Union Pacific’s 5,500-mile Southern Region in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. McGavock joined Union Pacific in 1998. He has held operating positions in Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois and Louisiana; most recently serving as general superintendent – transportation services for the Houston Service Unit. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois

Union Pacific Railroad Employees Achieve Record Safety Performance

February 3, 2011 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Railroad’s 2010 employee safety performance was the best in the company’s nearly 150-year history, the railroad said. Union Pacific’s full-year employee reportable injury rate was 1.37, a 6 percent improvement over the previous best of 1.45 established in 2009. A company’s injury rate is calculated using the number of injuries per 200,000 worker hours, which is equivalent to the number of hours worked by 100 full-time employees in a year. “Employees being more aware of risk, improving and standardizing best practices and embracing Total Safety Culture were key factors in our 2010 performance,” said Bob

Union Pacific Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year

January 25, 2011 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Corporation reported 2010 fourth quarter net income of $775 million, or $1.56 per diluted share, compared to $549 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter 2009. “Our strong fourth quarter results are indicative of the great performance we’ve achieved throughout 2010, setting numerous records as we report the most profitable year in Union Pacific’s nearly 150-year history, ” said Jim Young, Union Pacific chairman and chief executive officer. “As business volumes increased during the year, we kept our customer commitments by ensuring consistent, safe and reliable service. Shareholders also were rewarded as

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