Rail Operations Update

Announcement Number: CN2023-5
Categories: General Announcements
Posted Date: January 26, 2023

To Our Customers,

We have cancelled Embargo #UP130022 that was related to the severe weather events that impacted our operations across Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. We appreciate your patience while we worked to safely mitigate the impact the severe snow, ice and cold temperatures had on our network operations over the past several weeks.

Bridge Repair Updates

  • The bridge repairs in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, are proceeding ahead of schedule, with completion expected by Friday, January 27, 2023. Customers with rail shipments moving through the impacted area should continue to anticipate a delay of 48-72 hours as we work off the backlog of rail shipments.
  • The La Honda Canyon bridge repairs between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, California, are scheduled to be completed in early February, with Embargo #UP003823 remaining in effect while the bridge remains out of service.

Weather Forecast
We are monitoring weather forecasted to move quickly through Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, northern Illinois as well as the southern portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin. This storm is projected to bring cold temperatures and additional snowfall. The heaviest band of snow (6-12 inches) is expected in Iowa, between Sioux City and Des Moines. For customers with rail-served facilities located in the affected area, please be sure to continually clear all walkways and switches of snow and ice prior to the crew arriving. To get more winter weather preparedness tips, visit Winter Weather Action Plan for Rail Shippers.

We appreciate your patience as we work to restore service to these critical areas safely. If you have any questions, please contact Customer Care & Support at 800-272-8777 or your Union Pacific representative.