Union Pacific Railroad Makes Improvements to Its Tracks Between Fremont and Central City, Neb.

Omaha, Neb., June 01, 2006 – Union Pacific Railroad is spending $22.2 million this year on track improvements between Fremont and Central City, Neb.

Upon completion of the project, crews will have removed and installed 64,460 concrete ties; 15,000 wooden ties; spread 81,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; replaced the surfaces at eight road crossings; replaced 16 turnouts that guide a train from one track to another; replaced 24 miles of straight rail and replaced 19,324 feet of rail in various curves on the line. Work began on these projects in January and is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.

A portion of these projects will be completed by Union Pacific’s new track renewal train, the TRT 909. Between Fremont and near Schuyler, Neb., the TRT 909 will install rail and concrete ties in one pass, and can install up to 5,000 ties in a twelve-hour day. About 30 cars – each carrying 168 concrete ties – are part of the TRT. Three sets of gantry cranes move the concrete ties forward for the TRT to drop into place and the machine then threads the new rail onto the ties. The wooden ties are picked up and the discarded rail threaded out as the machine works its way down the track. A conveyor moves the removed ties into position for the gantry cranes to load them onto the cars for movement to a facility for sorting. The TRT 909 can install concrete, composite and wooden ties.

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."

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