Feb. 2, 2016 10:18 AM CST
They call them citizen soldiers. The term goes back to when the National Guard was first formed as an essential element of the U.S. military, to protect families and towns from hostile attacks. Today, the National Guard plays an even broader role in protecting our country. But what helps make the Guard work is the ability for these citizen soldiers to live and work in our communities until service calls.
Citizen soldiers like National Guard Sgt. Mark Mateo, whose primary job is as a general clerk in UP's Los Angeles Commerce Yard. Since joining UP in 2014, Mateo has been required to complete regular training as part of his commitment to serve in the Guard -- including special activation due to the recent California wildfires.Read More
Jan. 19, 2016 11:58 AM CST
Have you ever held a cast iron skillet? It’s hard to imagine repairing or replacing something made out of such heavy, durable material. However, after over 70 years of wear and tear on locomotive No. 844’s turret valves, made of an even stronger metal – cast steel -- the Union Pacific steam team is doing just that.
“We’ve started working through all the valves and piping – basically everything steam and water flow through,” said Austin Barker, foreman general – Heritage Fleet Operations. “We're replacing bolts, studs, re-machining and lapping the lower portion of the valves, called the valve seating surfaces, and replacing many old worn internal components. We’re making sure everything is still sound metal and repairing anything that isn’t.”Read More
Jan. 7, 2016 02:47 PM CST
For Jim Levy, the Sacramento Railyard is like a piece of gum that’s been stuck to the bottom of his shoe for 26 years. That’s how the Union Pacific director of environmental management characterized working on remediating the 240-acre section of land just north of downtown Sacramento
Today, the location that once served as the terminus for the Transcontinental Railroad stands as a symbol of one of the country’s most successful Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brownfield remediation projects ever. More importantly, it represents a tremendous economic revitalization opportunity for the core of California’s capitol city.Read More
Dec. 23, 2015 11:44 AM CST
The crowd inside New York City’s famous Carnegie Hall sits in hushed anticipation. Inside the jewel box of a performance space, two dozen musicians wait their turn to step onto the stage, sit at a gleaming black grand piano, and dazzle the audience with a piece of original music. Among the performers is someone you may not expect to see: Attila Gibson, a Union Pacific foreman general in the West Colton, California, locomotive shop.Read More
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