The smartest way to ship wind turbine components is also the greenest.

Comparing Rail to Trucks

  • Effective: Most rail cars can haul 3-5 truck loads in a single unit.
  • Efficient: In most cases we are the most cost-efficient shipping option.
  • Environmentally Friendly: A Union Pacific train can move one ton 830 miles on just one gallon of diesel fuel

Sometimes, the most important breakthroughs come from realizing the potential of something that already exists.

At Union Pacific, we're committed in the wind industry like no other railroad. Engineering new cars and equipment. Enhancing track. Even building distribution centers along our network.

As it is, shipping by rail is inherently safer, greener and less expensive than shipping by truck. With our 32,000 miles of track and in-house logistics services, we offer wind customers unparalleled efficiency:

  • One contact.
  • One rate.
  • Door-to-door shipping.
  • Door-to-door monitoring.

And we're dedicated to evolving our services as the industry itself evolves. We see every new challenge as an opportunity for innovation.

Progress has always been at the heart of our mission. Our railroad was founded to support and connect Americans, to help communities truly thrive and grow. For us, serving the wind industry is another way to help our country move forward.

To find out how we can help you, please fill out the form below or call (402) 544-4904 or (402) 544-4805.


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Get on track

At Union Pacific, we’re prepared to ship just about anything – safely and on time – and we relish new challenges. After 150 years of connecting and supplying America, our customer satisfaction has never been higher. We’re offering our customers greater value all the time by developing more efficient ways to work with technology and with each other.

Round-the-clock shipping, round-the-clock service.

Once you decide to ship with Union Pacific, you can keep track of your shipments yourself, using cutting-edge, Web-based monitoring systems. Shipping information, shipment tracking and other reports are all available from a secure Web browser.

We also have representatives at our National Customer Service Center that are available 24 hours a day for guidance, support and project management.

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Beyond our tracks.

Our shipping capabilities are not limited to our extensive system map. Our subsidiary, Union Pacific Distribution Services (UPDS), provides complete logistical support. We will coordinate your shipment through our network, through other railroads and over the road, providing complete, door-to-door service.

Click here to watch a short video that highlights our door-to-door capabilities.



Ship green

America's greenest fleet of locomotives.

  • Since 2000, more than 3,300 new fuel-efficient, long-haul, high-horsepower locomotives have been added to Union Pacific’s fleet.
  • More than two-thirds of our 8,400 locomotives are certified under existing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tier 0, Tier 1 and Tier 2 emissions standards.

Shipping with Union Pacific is a refreshing option for environmentally conscious companies. We’re usually the greenest choice – and the most affordable choice, too.

Compared to shipping by truck, rail is extremely fuel-efficient. A Union Pacific train can move one ton 830 miles on just one gallon of diesel fuel, and one double-stack train of containers can take nearly 300 trucks off the highway.

At Union Pacific, we build on that efficiency every day, constantly looking for ways to use less fuel and reduce emissions. That’s led to fuel-savings practices – in 2008, we saved 58 million gallons of diesel fuel by encouraging and rewarding engineers to be more efficient – and breakthrough technology, like our hybrid switching locomotive, which is estimated to reduce emissions up to 80 percent.

To learn more about our environmental practices and shipping capabilities, give us a call at (800) 877-0513. If you tell us a little more about your shipping needs , we’ll put you in touch with the person most familiar with your line of business.


Emerging Markets

Products handled by UP's Emerging Markets Group include wind turbines, Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste, Machinery, Government Shipments and Appliances.  See a complete listing of all Emerging Markets Products and the corresponding Standard Transportation Commodity Codes (STCC), or learn more about our experience in transporting wind turbine components.