Winfield, Ill., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Omaha, Neb., April 19, 2012 Winfield, Ill., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Winfield received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Winfield's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Winfield as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Wes Lujan, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Illinois. "Union Pacific has been part of the country's fabric throughout the railroad's 150-year history. That bond between us and the nearly 7,300 communities we serve continues to strengthen.
"Our shared heritage with Winfield is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
In 1849 the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad company completed construction of track as far as Winfield. A second main line was built through the community in 1857. The first DuPage County train station was built in 1859 in Winfield and was the first building in the Village. Today the Winfield station is the oldest remaining depot in the State of Illinois. The Chicago & North Western Railway constructed a third main line track in 1923-24. Union Pacific merged with the C&NW in 1995.
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It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, today, Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.
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