Alton Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Historical connection to Union Pacific featured at www.up150.com as part of railroad’s 150th anniversary celebration
Omaha, Neb., August 8, 2012 Alton, Ill., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Alton will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young, and Alton's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Alton 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 Alton is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The rail line through Alton was built in 1881 by the St. Louis, Joliet and Chicago Railroad. A track used to serve industries in the Alton area was built by the Chicago, Alton and St. Louis Railroad in 1856. These lines became part of Union Pacific Railroad following the merger with Southern Pacific in 1996.
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, Coal, 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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