Salem, Ill., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Omaha, Neb., January 17, 2013 Salem, Ill., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of Union Pacific's ongoing efforts to highlight cities with a historical connection to the railroad. The city received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young in a special presentation to Mayor John Raymer during the Salem Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Elks Lodge. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's 150th anniversary celebration in 2012.
"We are proud to recognize Salem as we celebrate our growing up together," said Adrian Guerrero, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Illinois "Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west. Our shared heritage with Salem is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day."
The main line through Salem was constructed by the Chicago, Paducah and Memphis Railroad in 1897. That same year, the railroad was obtained by the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad. In 1964, the C&EI was acquired by Missouri Pacific Railroad. Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific merged in 1982.
Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities in 23 states west of Illinois, covering 32,000 miles.
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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, 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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