Columbus, Neb., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific’s Train Town USA Registry


WEBWIRE – Monday, December 17, 2012

Omaha, Neb., – Columbus, Neb., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific’s Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad’s year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

Columbus received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Columbus’ historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.

“We are proud to recognize Columbus as we commemorate our railroad’s sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together,” said Diane Duren, Union Pacific executive vice president. "Union Pacific has been part of the country’s fabric throughout the railroad’s 150-year history. That bond between us and the nearly 7,300 communities we serve continues to strengthen.

“Our shared heritage with Columbus is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come.”

The main line through Columbus was constructed by Union Pacific in 1866. The second main line track in the downtown area was built in 1910.

Today, more than 50 trains per day travel on the rail line through Columbus. Virtually every commodity crosses Union Pacific’s Nebraska rails, with low-sulfur Wyoming coal and transcontinental import containers being the dominant freight. The primary freight originating in Nebraska is grain.

About Union Pacific

It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America’s iconic companies, today, Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America’s infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.

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