Tracks are Receiving Improvements on the Union Pacific Line Between Blairstown and Nevada, Iowa

Omaha, Neb., May 25, 2006 – Union Pacific Railroad is spending $6.1 million this year on track improvements between Blairstown and Nevada, Iowa, about five miles east of Ames.

Upon completion of the project, crews will have removed and installed 31,200 ties; spread 9,300 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; replaced the surfaces at 27 road crossings, and replaced 53,400 ft. of rail in various curves on the line. Work began on these projects in May and is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.

These improvements are part of the $1.5 billion Union Pacific is planning to spend in 2006 to maintain its track across its more than 32,400-mile system.

Jobs at Union Pacific

Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system. Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.up.com and click on "Jobs at UP."

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

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