Arlington Heights, Ill., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Omaha, Neb., July 11, 2012 Arlington Heights, Ill., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Arlington Heights received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Arlington Heights' historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Arlington Heights as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Adrian Guerrero, 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 Arlington Heights is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The railroad was the lifeline that started the Village of Arlington Heights. The community's founders, in the 1800s, sold land that would ensure that the railroad ran through the heart of the Village.
The local economy boomed along with the growth of the railroad. Downtown Arlington Heights, the center of the community, still serves as a community gathering place much as it did in the 1800s. The train depot that is a proud landmark of Arlington Heights is located near where the original depot was built.
Train service began through Arlington Heights with the completion of the rail line in 1854 by the Illinois & Wisconsin Railway, predecessor of the Chicago & North Western Railway (C&NW). A second main line was constructed in 1898 – 1899. Union Pacific merged with the C&NW 1995.
About Union Pacific
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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