Community Ties

Overcoming Natural Disasters to Keep America Moving

Posted October 1, 2015 03:16 PM CDT

Heavy spring rains caused the Little Blue River in Central Nebraska to flood on May 6, 2015. The flood washed out several stretches of track on Union Pacific's Marysville Subdivision, which runs more than 100 miles between Gibbon and Fairbury, Nebraska.

Few natural disasters are more devastating than a flood.

Case in point: May 6, 2015, Fairbury, Nebraska. The tiny railroad town of fewer than 4,000 sits quietly on the banks of the Little Blue River. Heavy spring rains are nothing new, but no one expected the monsoon that settled into the southeastern corner of the state for several days. The storm dumped more than 10 inches of rain in a matter of hours.

Flood stage for the Little Blue is 17 feet. By the time it crested, the river stood at more than 25 feet, devastating the entire southern half of the little community. Businesses were flooded; homes were under water, half the town was evacuated and one elderly woman lost her life.

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Machinist Uses Basketball to Teach Children Financial Literacy

Sep. 24, 2015 12:00 AM CST

On a warm and sunny Saturday in late July, the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove, California, is humming with the sound of basketballs – dozens and dozens of them – bouncing off the polished hardwood floors. There’s a tournament here today, and teams of young boys and girls from all over the state have come to compete in this weekend’s event. Among them: Trinity basketball, a team of 7- to 11-year-olds coached by Darrell Henry, a Union Pacific machinist at the Dolores Locomotive Shop in Carson, California. After a series of stretches and warm-ups, Henry calls the team over.

They quickly assemble around him and quiet down as he goes over the plays for today’s game. The kids are attentive and respectful. When Henry finishes a sentence, they respond loudly and in unison “Yes, coach.”

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UP Steam Update: No. 844 Boiler Work Entering Final Stages

Sep. 18, 2015 09:55 AM CST

At the heart of every steam locomotive is the boiler.

It's where the steam is made to push the cylinders, rods and wheels. The boiler is where the power is generated to make a mammoth, 455-ton piece of steel come to life.

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Camp Provides Picture of Railroad for Visually Impaired Children

Sep. 4, 2015 12:00 AM CST

With the help of his aide, seven -year-old Rocco inches closer to the edge of the tracks at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

He smells a faint whiff of diesel fuel from the train that arrived moments ago. He reaches out – the tips of his fingers make contact with a cold, massive expanse of gritty steel. He carefully brushes his fingers across the surface to feel the bolts, rivets and welding seams that hold the monster together.

Rocco is experiencing a train for the first time thanks to the summer camp program at the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation.

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The Heat Is On in California

Aug. 20, 2015 12:00 AM CST

With more than 3,200 miles of track in the state, Union Pacific works with hundreds of local, municipal and volunteer fire departments to prevent fires along railroad right-of-way. It's a daunting task, especially now when California is suffering one of the worst droughts in the state's history.

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