It’s the first day at a new job, and the unisex bathroom door doesn’t properly shut. Tami Johnsen did what any good leader would do: she drove to a nearby hardware store, bought a new locking door knob and fixed the problem. Two decades later, Johnsen, Union Pacific’s general superintendent of the Harriman Dispatching Center, still tackles new challenges head on.
The replacement of the aging five-track Deval diamond, located in Chicago's northwest suburbs, is improving commuter and freight transit times.
With the 2017 steam season now completed, the UP Steam Team, which operated No. 844 during three week-long trips this summer, can now give its full attention to the restoration of the Big Boy No. 4014.
About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Last year, more than 2,000 people chose not to wait for a train, and about 265 paid the ultimate price – their lives. Still, every day, motorists choose to take risks at railroad crossings.
A new international ocean carrier recently entered the trans-Pacific trade, a mature industry filled with veteran shippers.
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.
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."
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.
Some exciting news about the Big Boy No. 4014 restoration: the UP Steam Team recently received several 1,000-pound forgings.
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.
Americans love shrimp. The fascination with prawn even extends to pop culture – think Bubba’s long list of shrimp options in "Forrest Gump" or Jim Carrey’s famous "Dumb and Dumber" line, “Put another shrimp on the barbie.” But to enjoy these delicacies on dinner tables nationwide, shrimp producers need a logistics plan. For decades, shrimp arrived at ports and was trucked to destination; however, an experiment with frozen shrimp in the middle of the desert is providing a new opportunity.
How do we get children excited about entering the workforce? The answer isn’t in a textbook, and it’s not often in a classroom. It’s with hands-on activities and opportunities to experience a taste of what their future may hold. With that in mind, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce recently held CAREEROCKIT, a weeklong program aimed at providing 10,000 student experiences, half tech-related, to launch future careers.
As a new administration ponders changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), one important fact cannot be overlooked: millions of American jobs depend on trade occurring along the U.S./Mexican border – the fourth largest economy in the world.
Work on restoring Union Pacific's Big Boy, locomotive No. 4014, has been progressing at a fast and furious pace. The Union Pacific Steam Team began stripping the locomotive in early November, completing the disassembly process in January. Once additional parts are fabricated, No. 4014 will be ready for reassembly.
In the pre-dawn drizzle of an early fall day, commuters in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago, watch an inbound Metra train pull into the station at precisely 6:13 a.m. They line up where they know doors will most likely open and sort themselves out, some heading to the upper deck for the tree-top view.