Sparks, Nev., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Roseville, Calif., September 26, 2012 Sparks, Nev., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration. The city received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young today in a special presentation during a stop by the UP 150 Express at Union Pacific's Sparks yard.
"We are proud to recognize Sparks as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Liisa Stark, Union Pacific Director - Public Affairs. "The bond between our railroad and early settlements continues to strengthen and grow. Today, Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities where we live, where our children grow up together and where we recruit our employees.
"Our shared heritage with Sparks is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The first rail yard in Sparks was built in 1904. From that point, Sparks was an important stop for trains serving Nevada businesses and residents. Today, the Union Pacific yard in Sparks is an integral part of the railroad's 32,000-mile operation. Playing a major role in the application of distributed power, the Sparks yard has been a focal point for the safe and efficient operation of freight trains over Donner Summit. With nearly 1,200 miles of track and 600 employees in the state, the Sparks yard plays a critical role in the efficient movement of goods in and around Nevada.
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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