A pair of Union Pacific locomotives idle in Atlanta on June 11, 2011. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)
A pair of Union Pacific locomotives idle in Atlanta on June 11, 2011. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

Omaha, Neb-based Union Pacific Corporation is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets.

Incorporated on July 1, 1862, following the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862, the Union Pacific Railroad was one of the two railroads that met at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in North America.

Today, Union Pacific is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. The Corporation’s trucking operations include Overnite Corporation, which owns less-than-truckload carriers Overnite Transportation and Motor Cargo.

Union Pacific’s rail facilities include Bailey Yard in North Platte, Neb., the world’s largest railroad classification yard.

Facts & Figures about Union Pacific

Here are some facts and figures about Union Pacific (numbers are estimated):

  • Route Miles: 32,000
  • Number of Employees: 47,200
  • Locomotives: 8,500
  • Freight Cars on System: 90,800

Union Pacific Reporting Marks

Railroads have many reporting marks, identification assigned by the American Association of Railroads. Union Pacific reporting marks include:

  • UP
  • UPP
  • UPY
  • MP
  • DRGW
  • SP
  • MKT
  • CNW
  • SSW
  • WP
  • CHTT
  • CMO
  • CGW
  • MSTL
  • ARMN
  • CAGX

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