New Shipper Gives Trans-Pacific Intermodal Market, West Coast Ports a Boost

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:58:00 CDT Insights Yes Yes

A new international ocean carrier recently entered the trans-Pacific trade, a mature industry filled with veteran shippers.

Heavy Metal No Match for New Tech Harnessing Steel Vibrations

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:58:00 CDT Innovation Yes Yes

What do rock ‘n' roll and bridge inspectors have in common? Just as the strings' vibrations tell a guitarist his instrument is properly tuned and ready to jam, the same kind of vibration or movement can give an engineer insight into a bridge's durability. It's called “smart monitoring" and it has the potential to revolutionize how the nation's more than 614,000 bridges are inspected.

Skilled Labor a Critical Option for Millennial Workforce

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:01:00 CDT Community Yes Yes

When Nick Peterson talks about welding, his eyes light up. "A lot of people see welding as just fusing metal together," he said. "I don't. You have to have that little touch to make it look great. It brings out my creative side."

From Napkin to Prototype: 3-D Printing Revolutionizes Railroading

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 15:00:00 CDT Innovation Yes Yes

While NASA is finding ways to use 3-D printing to provide necessities for colonizing Mars, Union Pacific is applying the same technology to make locomotive operations safer and more efficient.

Steam Update: Forging Ahead with Big Boy's Restoration

Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 CDT Heritage Yes Yes

Some exciting news about the Big Boy No. 4014 restoration: the UP Steam Team recently received several 1,000-pound forgings.

Move Over, Sir: Women Working on the Railroad

Fri, 5 May 2017 00:00:00 CDT Heritage Yes Yes

Google “female trailblazers" and dozens of names come up: Marie Currie, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Sandra Day O'Connor and the list goes on. But two names are noticeably absent – Bonnie Leake and Edwina Justus – women who stepped into a man's world to become Union Pacific's first female and first black female locomotive engineer, respectively.