Union Pacific Railroad Makes Improvements to Its Tracks Between Newport, Ark. and Harviell, Mo.

Omaha, Neb., February 15, 2005 – Union Pacific Railroad is spending $19.4 million this year on track improvements between Newport, Ark. and Harviell, Mo.

Crews are removing and installing 189,700 ties; spreading 52,934 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; surface and lining 102 miles of track to provide a smooth ride for trains and replacing the surfaces at 164 road crossings. Work began February 1 and is scheduled to be completed by May.

These improvements are part of more than $1 billion Union Pacific is planning to spend in 2005 to maintain its track across the 33,000-mile system.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.

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