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Union Pacific Wins Brunel Award for Heritage Locomotive Fleet


Omaha, Neb. – Union Pacific’s Heritage Locomotive Fleet Program was selected as a winner of the 2011 Brunel Awards International Railway Design Competition. The fleet represented the United States in the category of “Industrial Design, Corporate Branding, Graphics, and Furnishings.”

“Receiving international acclaim for the Heritage Locomotive Fleet Program is a great honor,” said Robert W. Turner, senior vice president – Corporate Relations. “As we approach our 150th anniversary, it is important to be aware of our storied heritage and the many lines that contributed to making Union Pacific North America’s iconic railroad. Our investment in the Heritage Locomotive Program is an effort to recognize this legacy and maintain employee pride in these railroads.”

Union Pacific unveiled the Heritage Locomotive Fleet Program in 2005. The locomotives in the fleet each feature a distinctive paint scheme that incorporates elements of one of the six major railroads that merged with Union Pacific over the company’s history.

Union Pacific’s commitment to maintaining awareness and pride in these railroads impressed the Brunel selection committee. Cesar Vergara, a member of the Brunel Awards Committee, commented on the Heritage Locomotive Fleet’s unique ability to “project the U.S. freight industry’s uninterrupted heritage and project the future while celebrating the past.”

The Brunel Awards International Railway Design Competition is a prestigious contest in which a jury of internationally renowned leaders in the area of rail design and engineering evaluate the applicants. They received nearly 150 entries worldwide, which were narrowed to 19 award recipients in five categories.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

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