Inside Track

2013 Archive

CT: Xmas Train

UP Powers D.C. Christmas Tree Railroad

Dec. 22, 2013 01:51 PM CDT

Union Pacific armour yellow locomotives pull simulated shipments around the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., to dazzle White House goers until Jan. 1, 2014.

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CT: Polar Express

All Aboard Kearney’s Polar Express!

Dec. 20, 2013 12:21 PM CDT

Union Pacific Foundation proudly donated to The Polar Express, a fundraiser for the Kearney Nebraska Public Schools foundation.

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CT: Driver Safety Safety

Slow Down, Drive Safely in Winter Weather

Dec. 18, 2013 09:08 AM CDT

The Department of Transportation studied accident reports over a 10-year period and found 94 percent of public grade crossing accidents were caused by risky driver behavior, such as driving around activated automatic gates.

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CT: Mesquite

Talkin' Trains in Mesquite

Dec. 17, 2013 10:44 AM CDT

Union Pacific was a guest at a special Talkin' Trains event held in Mesquite, Texas, Dec. 11.

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CT: Sunset Thanksgiving

Volunteering a Family Affair for UP El Paso Employees

Dec. 12, 2013 08:52 AM CDT

Union Pacific Sunset Service Unit employees and family members continued a community tradition, serving Thanksgiving dinner to the city's homeless and near homeless during The City of El Paso's Thanksgiving Celebration.

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CT: North Pole

It's a Wrap for Operation North Pole

Dec. 11, 2013 07:58 AM CDT

Operation North Pole is devoted to bringing the joy of the season to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and their families by providing a fun-filled day of respite, including the train ride, breakfast with Mrs. Claus and a visit with Santa at his workshop.

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CT: Propane Safety

UP Crew's Actions Prevent Propane Accident

Dec. 10, 2013 07:49 AM CDT

When a propane truck became high centered on a rail crossing in Bell City, Mo., a UP civil construction work group acted quickly to prevent a tragedy.

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CT: Harvest

UP Donation Equals a Boxcar of Meals

Dec. 5, 2013 02:42 PM CDT

Union Pacific presented a check for $10,000 to the Second Harvest Community Food Bank Dec. 4.

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CT: Iowa State

Iowa State Honors UP for Ongoing Support

Nov. 27, 2013 07:32 AM CDT

In recognition of its relationship with Iowa State University's College of Business Administration, Union Pacific received the Russ and Ann Gerdin Award in a ceremony Nov. 8, in Ames, Iowa.

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CT: Wyoming

Children’s Book Is a Whimsical Trip through Wyoming

Nov. 21, 2013 01:34 PM CDT

A new children’s book authored by Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead educates young readers about the state’s better known and lesser known historical moments.

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CT: College Station

Union Pacific Helps Celebrate College Station's 75th Birthday

Nov. 20, 2013 10:56 AM CDT

The City of College Station, Texas, marked the 75th anniversary of its incorporation Nov. 16 with a community celebration sponsored by Union Pacific at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

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CT: Tree

UP Makes Special Delivery to Omaha's Union Station

Nov. 19, 2013 08:30 AM CDT

Union Pacific began the tradition more than 75 years ago by cutting a Christmas tree from along its right of way in the Pacific Northwest and transporting it to Omaha's Union Station.

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CT: Jindal

UP Foundation Supports School Technology

Nov. 15, 2013 07:00 AM CDT

UP and Louisiana First Lady's foundation work together to provide opportunities to make a lasting and positive difference in education.

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CT: 4014 Update Steam

Big Boy No. 4014 Prepares to Leave Pomona

Nov. 14, 2013 07:40 AM CDT

Before UP No. 4014 can hit the main line once again it first must cross the facility's parking lot. The plan calls for the UP Steam Team to install second-hand track panels, which will be "leap frogged" to connect to a staging area of the nearby Metro-Link rail line.

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CT: Military

Union Pacific Named Among Top Military-Friendly Companies

Nov. 12, 2013 08:06 AM CDT

So far this year, Union Pacific has hired nearly 800 military veterans, including 91 disabled veterans.

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CT: Elmhurst Safety

Elmhurst Police Conduct Rail Safety Blitz

Nov. 5, 2013 03:21 PM CDT

Elmhurst's Oct. 29 initiative reached more than 300 commuters during the busy morning rush from 5-9 a.m.

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CT: Odessa Railport

The Proof is in the Railport

Nov. 4, 2013 12:28 PM CDT

The ribbon is cut and Odessa's Chamber of Commerce issues a hearty 'thank you,' to Union Pacific Distribution Services and Union Pacific.

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CT: Tucson UP Cares Safety

Tucson Committee Targets Downtown Area with Safety Messages

Oct. 31, 2013 02:18 PM CDT

Spearheaded by the Downtown Tucson Rail Safety Committee – a local community organization – the effort combines a variety of promotional materials, all with a central theme: Stay off railroad tracks.

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CT: Billboards Safety

Safety Billboards Have New Look, Message in Six Cities

Oct. 21, 2013 02:11 PM CDT

Each new billboard includes the reminder "Always Expect a Train," along with an eye-catching visual and attention-grabbing headline.

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CT: Portraits Safety

Railroad Photo Backdrop Prompts UP Employee Action

Oct. 16, 2013 11:00 AM CDT

"The photo had ‘wrong’ written all over it," said Hammons, a Union Pacific manager of centralized train dispatching at Omaha’s Harriman Dispatching Center. "I felt it was my responsibility to make the company aware of how these portrait styles were communicating the wrong message to children about railroad tracks."

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CT: Chicago Expo

Educators Tour UP's West Chicago Training Center

Oct. 14, 2013 03:33 PM CDT

"As educators prepare the workforce of the future, it's important to understand not only the technical skills sets we hire for, but also our safety culture," said Jamie Herbert, AVP–Human Resources.

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CT: San Antonio

San Antonio UP Employees Man the Chow Line

Oct. 9, 2013 08:50 AM CDT

The volunteer crew, which consisted of UP employees from Operating, Damage Prevention, Claims and Signal departments, spent the morning and lunch hour Sept. 27 prepping TV dinners, bagging snacks, slicing vegetables, and then serving a nutritious lunch of Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes.

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UP in the Pink and in the Rain to Fight Breast Cancer

Oct. 7, 2013 03:51 PM CDT

Fourteen years and counting, UP steps up and steps out to support Komen for the Cure!

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CT: Sacramento

Actions Signal Employees' Courage

Sep. 26, 2013 04:25 PM CDT

Signal Gang 7040 sprang into action in an unexpected incident.

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CT: Kansas Recognition Safety

UP Crew Recognized for Courage to Care

Sep. 19, 2013 02:00 PM CDT

UP employees Hardey and Iverson receive recognition from Kansas communities for living the Courage to Care message.

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CT: Fann Safety

Arizona Representative Focuses on Rail Safety

Sep. 9, 2013 11:00 AM CDT

Arizona State Representative and rail safety advocate Karen Fann looks out for pedestrians who don't look out for themselves.

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CT: Colton

Colton Flyover Supports L.A.-Area Business

Sep. 5, 2013 04:52 PM CDT

In addition to lessening rail congestion, the project will reduce delays for motorists at area rail crossings, decrease noise and air emissions from idling locomotives, expedite freight movement and improve passenger train schedules.

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CT: ESGR Tracy

ESGR Certificate Honors UP Veteran Support

Aug. 28, 2013 10:53 AM CDT

UP's North Little Rock Service Unit received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Freedom Award Certificate based in part on the nomination submitted by Locomotive Engineer Frank Tracy.

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CT: Texas Fire

UP Welders, Foreman Battled Blaze that Threatened Town

Aug. 27, 2013 03:57 PM CDT

Strong winds and tall grass fueled the fire, threatening not only the man's trailer and truck, but also a handful of houses in the area.

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CT: De los Santos

Special Agent's Career Includes Serving Country

Aug. 16, 2013 03:15 PM CDT

Special Agent Luis De Los Santos, dedicated to serve - his country, and Union Pacific.

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CT: 4014 Steam

Big Wheels Not Yet Turnin'

Aug. 15, 2013 03:00 PM CDT

The deal has been struck, but a lot of work remains to be done before the first wheel turns for the move from Pomona, Calif., to Cheyenne.

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CT: Back to School

Houston Students Head Back to School with Safety Message

Aug. 12, 2013 01:33 PM CDT

Every student leaves with a backpack filled with supplies, which this year included a zipper-pull bearing the safety message "Always Expect a Train."

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CT: Water Phoenix

Watering Down a Heat Wave

Aug. 2, 2013 08:42 AM CDT

UP employee Troy Morris helps out with Phoenix's "Operation Hydration," to keep local residents hydrated.

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CT: Transfer Truck Safety

UP Leads Industry with Transfer Trucks Acquisition

Jul. 31, 2013 01:57 PM CDT

UP is the only Class I railroad with the internal capability to transfer liquids or compressed gases between two rail cars in the field, ensuring continuous freight movement to customers' destinations.

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CT: Gavin School

Early Morning Action Helps Save Kansas Middle School

Jul. 30, 2013 02:45 PM CDT

See something, say something, help save something! That's what these UP employees did one early July morning.

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CT: Safety Safety

UP Talks Safety to Oil & Gas Industry

Jul. 24, 2013 02:54 PM CDT

"We're working together – the San Antonio Service Unit, Public Safety, Special Agents, Public Projects, Claims and Transportation – to educate oil and gas industry professionals on how they can prevent rail accidents."

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CT: Tunnel

UP's 2nd Largest Tunnel Gets Overhaul

Jul. 15, 2013 09:30 AM CDT

UP Track Renewal Train (TRT) Gang 909 replaced more than 10,000 feet of track in the tunnel and completed 59 boutet welds, while local section gangs installed 397 ties by hand.

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CT: Hunting Safety Safety

Live to Hunt Another Day

Jul. 8, 2013 01:23 PM CDT

Hunting, fishing or just enjoying the great outdoors, stay safe, and stay off the railroad right of way.

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CT: Damage Prevention

UP Co-Hosts AAR Damage Prevention Conference

Jul. 2, 2013 04:33 PM CDT

The conference brought together railroad, shipper, supplier and other industry professionals for an in-depth look at strategies and tools to ensure safe and damage-free delivery of freight via the North American rail network.

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CT: License

UP License Plate Voted Best in Nation

Jul. 1, 2013 04:21 PM CDT

Nebraska introduced the plate to increase support for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum while coinciding with the railroad's 150th anniversary.

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CT: Modellers

Modelers Tour UP Fort Worth Facilities

Jun. 26, 2013 08:56 AM CDT

Model Railroaders get up close with the real deal at Davidson Yard in Fort Worth.

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CT: Sparks

iPhone App Presents Rich History of Sparks, Nev.

Jun. 24, 2013 08:36 AM CDT

Features include a GPS-based walking tour focused on the city's original business district, with vintage photos that provide a glimpse into its past.

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CT: Billboard

Houston Billboard Campaign Targets Railroad Crossing Safety

Jun. 21, 2013 08:36 AM CDT

More than 4 million drivers will see the 16 billboards located in Houston, Sugar Land and Missouri City, Texas. The messages: "Always expect a train," and "Look Again. Trains travel 41 feet in the blink of an eye."

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CT: No Text

Take the Pledge: Don't Text While Driving

Jun. 12, 2013 04:37 PM CDT

Today UP launched a campaign asking all its employees and their families to take a pledge: No texting while driving – both on and off the job. And now we're asking you, too.

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CT: Rail Runners

UP Group Helps Runners Go the Extra Mile

May. 31, 2013 09:16 AM CDT

The run benefited the Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders. Each year more than 2,200 registered runners take part.

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CT: Green River

UP Hosts Wyoming Dignitaries at Green River Depot

May. 28, 2013 10:54 AM CDT

UP was honored that the City of Green River chose to highlight its operation as a community centerpiece as part of Capital for the Day.

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CT: Firebox Steam

Hot Times in Cheyenne

May. 17, 2013 08:58 AM CDT

Firebox repair for No. 844 means re-tooling at 1900 F.

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CT: Lost Child

UP Signal Maintainer Rescues Lost Boy

May. 16, 2013 02:55 PM CDT

"He was lost and very excited to see me," Cook said. "And he was not shy about asking for help."

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CT: Rochelle

UP Shows Off New Training Car and Foam Trailer During Drill

May. 14, 2013 09:11 AM CDT

More than 100 first responders took part in the multi-agency disaster drill in Rochelle, Ill.

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CT: Ainsworth

Trucking Leader Advocates Crossing Safety

May. 9, 2013 03:06 PM CDT

Ainsworth Trucking has become an advocate for rail safety, hauling a wrecked semi on a flatbed trailer throughout the Lone Star State so other truck drivers can see firsthand the damage that results from a collision with a train.

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CT: Santa Teresa

Show and Tell at Santa Teresa

May. 1, 2013 02:21 PM CDT

UP hosted special guests from local businesses as well as the Mexican states of Juarez and Chihuahua.

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CT: Roseville Earth Day

Roseville Students Plant Trees for Earth Day

Apr. 30, 2013 02:51 PM CDT

The 4th graders got a lesson about the environment from UP employees before getting their hands dirty.

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CT: Tennison

UP's Tennison Named 'Technology Leader of the Year'

Apr. 29, 2013 08:49 AM CDT

Tennison, senior vice president and chief information officer, was selected based on his national reputation as a visionary information technology thought leader.

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CT: Long Beach

Building America, Building a Home

Apr. 26, 2013 02:00 PM CDT

Western region UP employees helping out Habitat for Humanity in Long Beach, Calif.

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CT: Pantano Bridge

UP Bridge Removal Saves Route Miles in Arizona

Apr. 25, 2013 08:07 AM CDT

The old bridge required trucks higher than 15 feet to make a 67 mile detour using state routes off Interstate 10.

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CT: Como Elementary

Earth Day Beautification at Como Elementary

Apr. 24, 2013 03:36 PM CDT

UP's Davidson Yard employees work with neighborhood school Como Elementary in Ft. Worth, on Earth Day project.

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CT: Sacramento Green

UP Recognized for "Green Leadership"

Apr. 22, 2013 09:22 AM CDT

The award recognizes companies, agencies and individuals demonstrating a strong commitment to making the Sacramento region a thriving hub for clean technology.

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CT: Roseville Tour

Roseville, CA, Leaders Tour Largest Rail Yard in the West

Apr. 19, 2013 10:42 AM CDT

Attendees were surprised to learn 98 percent of all rail traffic in the region flows through J.R. Davis Yard.

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CT: SLC Scouts

Cub Scouts Tour Salt Lake City Rail Yard

Apr. 17, 2013 01:59 PM CDT

Several scouts climbed aboard a locomotive and looked inside for a firsthand view of what it takes to be an engineer at America's premier freight railroad.

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CT: Lincoln

Union Pacific Aids Lincoln Presidential Library

Apr. 16, 2013 10:30 AM CDT

The company's $500,000 donation to the library foundation celebrates Lincoln's role in creating the railroad.

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CT: Banjo

Dog's Rescue Captures International Attention

Apr. 15, 2013 01:25 PM CDT

Riverside County Animal Services has received more than 200 emails inquiring about adopting Banjo, in part due to hundreds of articles written about the UP crew's efforts.

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CT: Trails

Former UP Iowa Rail Corridors Donated for Trails

Apr. 12, 2013 01:34 PM CDT

Rail corridors contributed by Union Pacific rank among Iowa's premiere biking and hiking trails.

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UP Headlines Los Angeles Transportation Club Luncheon

Apr. 11, 2013 08:41 AM CDT

More than 200 transportation professionals got an overview of Union Pacific and its operations from Kate Betsworth, UP vice president-Intermodal Operations.

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UP Employees Help Establish Afghan Railroad

Apr. 8, 2013 09:17 AM CDT

The joint effort is helping Afghanistan develop a cost-efficient transportation system with rail at its core.

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CT: Steam Steam

UP Living Legend No. 844 Prepping for 2013

Apr. 4, 2013 02:30 PM CDT

Work is under way in Cheyenne readying the Living Legend No. 844 for this year's Steam trips.

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CT: UP Cares

UP Helping to Protect and Serve in Sauget, Ill.

Apr. 3, 2013 12:12 PM CDT

Union Pacific Railroad Police participated in a UPCARES event with Alton & Southern Railway, a subsidiary of Union Pacific, on March 27 in Sauget, Ill.

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CT: Car Fire

UP Employee Extinguishes Car Fire

Mar. 28, 2013 01:53 PM CDT

"I thought, 'somebody's got to do something.'"

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CT: Alcatraz

Alcatraz Comes to Yuma, and UP Helps with the Prison Break

Mar. 25, 2013 08:54 AM CDT

The reception for the traveling exhibit was a fun night out for volunteers.

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CT: NP Telegraph

A Salute to North Platte and to UP's Bailey Yard

Mar. 22, 2013 10:02 AM CDT

Each year, the North Platte Telegraph salutes Bailey Yard and its ties to the community with its supplement, "Railroad Ties."

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CT: Museum BEN

Employee Group Leads Museum Tours During Black History Month

Mar. 21, 2013 11:37 AM CDT

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum partnered with members of UP's Black Employee Network (BEN) in February to celebrate Black History Month, offering a new in-school educational program and guided museum tours.

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CT: Laverne Shirley

UP Dispatching Director's Book Teaches Rail Safety

Mar. 20, 2013 11:12 AM CDT

A book written by UP's Deb Ashworth and her daughter aims to teach young Nebraskans not only about the Cornhusker State's rich history, but also railroad safety.

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CT: Community Ties

Welcome to Community Ties

Mar. 18, 2013 01:59 PM CDT

Today we launched our new Community Ties website. The site contains news, photos and videos about Union Pacific, its employees and the communities where we live and work.

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CT: Centennial Mall

Donation Helps Fund Centennial Mall Revitalization

Mar. 18, 2013 11:45 AM CDT

Union Pacific donated $500,000 toward the Nebraska Centennial Mall revitalization project during a ceremony held at the State Capitol Rotunda March 1 – Nebraska's Statehood Day.

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CT: TRT Arlington

TRT Rolls Smoothly Through Arlington

Mar. 18, 2013 11:28 AM CDT

When the Track Renewal Train (TRT 909) and other large track gangs roll through major cities, the attention of several UP departments is needed to keep employees and the public safe, reduce traffic congestion and enhance the railroad's reputation as a good neighbor.

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CT: Bridge

UP Gives Historic Bridge to Boonville, Missouri

Mar. 18, 2013 10:56 AM CDT

Union Pacific transferred control of the MKT Bridge to the City of Boonville, Mo., during a Jan. 8 ceremony.

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CT: Purple Heart

Union Pacific Engineer Honored With Purple Heart

Mar. 18, 2013 10:46 AM CDT

Pedro Villa, Roseville Service Unit locomotive engineer and Air Force Reserve electrical superintendent, was publically honored for receiving a Purple Heart during a Sacramento Kings' basketball game on Military Appreciation Night, Nov. 9.

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CT: North Food Banks

Union Pacific Contributes to Northern Region Food Banks

Mar. 18, 2013 10:39 AM CDT

Union Pacific recently contributed $80,000, distributed in $10,000 increments, to eight food banks in its northern region states to purchase 1.6 million pounds of food, or enough to fill eight boxcars.

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CT: Erv Sandy

Emergency Vehicles Delivered Home After Sandy

Mar. 18, 2013 10:30 AM CDT

Dozens of Red Cross emergency response vehicles used in Hurricane Sandy recovery were returned to their native locations, thanks to Union Pacific.

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CT: Hazmat Prep

UP Builds Responders' Rail Safety Awareness

Mar. 18, 2013 10:04 AM CDT

Union Pacific's communities continue benefitting from cooperation between the railroad and various emergency response organizations, with a goal of preventing and preparing for hazardous materials incidents.

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CT: Special Agent Heroes

Special Agents Craft Shadow Box for Ill Child

Mar. 18, 2013 09:39 AM CDT

Special agents from Union Pacific and BNSF teamed up to build a shadow box for a terminally ill, 7-year-old boy in Rustburg, Virginia, responding to his final wish to receive holiday cards from law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics.

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