Union Pacific Announces Operating Management Changes in Ft. Worth, Salt Lake City and Pocatello
Omaha, Neb., October 31, 2005 Union Pacific Railroad today announced management changes at three of the railroad’s service units. The appointments are effective November 1.
Joe Bearden has been appointed general manager – trackage rights and will be headquartered in Ft. Worth. Bearden will be responsible for the coordination of Union Pacific train movements over BNSF Railway’s tracks.
Bearden began his railroad career in 1979 with Missouri Pacific Railroad and has held various positions in the engineering and operating departments including: assistant roadmaster, trainmaster, director-train management, superintendent – transportation services and general superintendent – transportation services of the Ft. Worth Service Unit, a position he held until his recent appointment.
Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific railroads merged in 1982.
Jeff Jones has been promoted to general superintendent – transportation services and will replace Bearden as general superintendent, Ft. Worth Service Unit.
Jones began his railroad career in 1971 with Missouri Pacific Railroad and held various positions in the operating department including: engineer, manager – operating practices, senior manager – terminal operations, director – road operations and superintendent Utah Service Unit headquartered in Salt Lake City, a position he held until his promotion.
As general superintendent – transportation services in Ft. Worth, Jones is responsible for the safe operation of an average of 82 trains a day over nearly 1,400 miles of track in central and east central Texas and southeast Oklahoma.
Replacing Jones as superintendent in Salt Lake City is Rich Castagna. Castagna started his railroad career with the Chicago & North Western in 1993 as a switchman in Chicago, Ill. He held several positions in the operations department in Chicago, Ill.; North Little Rock, Ark., and East St. Louis, Ill. In his new position, Castagna is responsible for the safe operation of an average 80 trains a day over 1,400 miles of track in Utah and portions of Nevada and Wyoming. Prior to being named superintendent-transportation services of the Salt Lake City Service Unit, Castagna held the similar position in Pocatello, Idaho.
Union Pacific and Chicago & North Western merged in 1995.
Jeff Moore has been promoted to superintendent – transportation services and replaces Castagna as superintendent in Pocatello. As superintendent of transportation services, Moore is responsible for the day-to-day and safe operation of an average of 33 trains a day over more than 1,100 miles of track across southern Idaho, northern Utah and southwestern Wyoming.
Moore began his railroad career in 1984 and held various positions in the operating department in Ft. Worth, St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Prior to being promoted to superintendent, Moore held the position of director – transportation services in Los Angeles.
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