Schedule Announced for Union Pacific's Big Red Express with University of Nebraska Coaches Onboard the Special Train
The special train will celebrate the historical connection between the railroad and University with Nebraska communities
Omaha, Neb., May 21, 2014
Union Pacific Railroad will operate a special passenger train from Omaha to North Platte, Nebraska, with whistle stops in Columbus, Grand Island and Kearney, on Saturday, June 28, to celebrate the historical connection between the railroad and University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Nebraska communities. Husker coaches, along with other UNL representatives, will be on board to participate in this special Big Red Express tour.
"We are proud to support the University of Nebraska by operating our historic Heritage passenger equipment for the Big Red Express from Omaha — home of our headquarters — to North Platte — home of the world's largest classification rail yard. The Express demonstrates our pride and commitment to communities across the state of Nebraska where 8,000 of our employees live and work every day," said Donna Kush, Union Pacific's vice president - Public Affairs, Northern Region.
|The Big Red Express Schedule
Saturday, June 28, 2014
801 S. 10th St.
(Note: no program)
North side of 26th Ave. crossing
(Note: 45 minute program)
South side of Oak St. crossing
(Note: 45 minute program)
| 2:20 p.m.
North side of Central Ave. crossing
(Note: 45 minute program)
|Arrive:||5:20 p.m..||North Platte - Bailey Yard
Event held in the parking lot of the
Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center
1249 N Homestead Rd. in North Platte
5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Whistle-stop tours were popular in the 19th century when long distance travel by passenger train was the norm. At each stop, speeches would be given from the train.
"Historically, a whistle-stop tour brought Presidents to cities where they could communicate directly with the people they served," said Nebraska's Associate Athletic Director Paul Meyers. "That's exactly what we're doing, meeting people and thanking them for all the support they've shown to University of Nebraska Athletics, year after year and decade after decade. We thought it was a great idea to ride Union Pacific's tradition to help support our own."
During the whistle stops of the Big Red Express, there will be a few short speeches, a proclamation presented to each city, and coaches representing various Husker varsity sports will mingle throughout the crowd thanking the fans that support UNL athletic programs.
University of Nebraska coaches planning to take part in the Big Red Express tour include: Chuck Chmelka (men's gymnastics); Darin Erstad (baseball); David Harris (cross country); Scott Jacobson (women's tennis); Dan Kendig (women's gymnastics); Robin Krapfl (women's golf); Kerry McDermott (men's tennis); Tim Miles (men's basketball); Pablo Morales (women's swimming); Bo Pelini (football); Gary Pepin (track & field); Rhonda Revelle (softball); Bill Spangler (men's golf); Bill Straub (bowling); John Walker (women's soccer) and Connie Yori (women's basketball).
Other University of Nebraska representatives scheduled to ride the Big Red Express include: Brian Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Nebraska Foundation; Donde Plowman, Dean of the College of Business Administration; Diane Mendenhall, Executive Director of the Nebraska Alumni Association; Prem Paul, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development; Michelle Waite, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Relations; Tim Wei, Dean of the College of Engineering and Ellen Weissinger, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2004-2013, Union Pacific invested approximately $30 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates 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. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.
About University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska has built a national reputation as a leading research institution supporting an Athletics program that provides elite educational and athletic opportunities to more than 600 student-athletes. A member of the nation's oldest and most prestigious athletic conference — The Big Ten, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Huskers) compete at the highest level in Division I across 24 varsity sports.
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