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Union Pacific Conductor Literally Living the Dream

Posted August 17, 2018 12:00 PM CDT

Eric Kuhl knew he wanted to work for the railroad since he was a child. Today, he's living his childhood dream as a conductor in North Platte, Nebrasaka.

Train Conductor Eric Kuhl still has the picture he drew in kindergarten with his dream job scribbled in crayon: “I want to drive trains.” It’s no wonder Union Pacific runs in his family. Kuhl’s father worked as a train dispatcher for 13 years before taking a management position in St. Louis.

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'Cool' Machinist Apprentice Fixing to Become a Foreman

Jul. 3, 2018 02:00 PM CST

Zach Gartrell spent a decade filling orders in a distribution center before following in his brother’s footsteps to become a locomotive machinist at Union Pacific.

In addition to the challenge, above-average benefits for his family and a regular, stable schedule drew Gartrell to the railroad.

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Train Conductor Raised On Union Pacific

Jun. 25, 2018 03:00 PM CST

Train Conductor Briar Smith calls where he grew up in -- Smithton, Missouri -- a Union Pacific town.

“I heard a lot about the railroad, how good of a job it was, and how good of a company Union Pacific is,” he said. “That’s why I wanted to work for UP.”

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Chicago Electrician Helps Start – and Stop – Mighty Locomotives

Mar. 8, 2018 07:00 AM CST

After working as an estimator’s assistant, waiting tables, working as a telephone operator and raising a family all at the same time, Deena Miller had had enough.

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Locomotive Work Brings Chicago Electrician in From the Cold

Jan. 8, 2018 02:00 PM CST

A career as a locomotive diesel electrician never was the plan for Henry Gutzwiller.

“I was an electrician on outside construction in Chicago when work got slow during the recession,” Gutzwiller said. “I had a friend who had a job at Union Pacific and enjoyed it, so I applied and was hired. I figured it would get me through until construction picked up again.”

Fast-forward seven years and construction has indeed picked back up, but Gutzwiller isn’t interested.

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