Train Speed to Increase on Union Pacific Line Through Several Wisconsin Communities

Increased Train Speeds Enhance Safety and Efficiency

Omaha, Neb., June 8, 2006 – Union Pacific Railroad will increase the speed of its trains to up to 50 mph on the rail line between Adams and northwest of Milwaukee, Wis.

Train speed will be increased 10 miles per hour on June 16 through the towns of Adams, Grand Marsh, Brooks, Oxford to near Glen Oak. On June 23, speed will be increased nine miles per hour when the new maximum speed limit of 49 mph is reached.

Farther southeast along this line, train speed will be increased though the towns of South Beaver Dam and North Lowell to Clyman Junction and on a section of rail line between Sussex through Marcy to near Butler, northwest of Milwaukee. Train speed on these sections will be increased 10 miles per hour on June 16 and 10 miles per hour on June 23, when the new maximum speed limit of 50 mph is reached.

Trains currently operate through all these areas at 30 mph because of track and operating constraints. Recent track improvements on these sections of track permit higher speeds.

Union Pacific has raised train speeds through several communities across its rail network over the last several years following track improvements and has found that not only do the trains operate more efficiently, but motorists are not stopped at the crossings as long. Also when trains operate at higher train speeds, motorists tend not to try and beat a train to a crossing, and they heed the warning signs that are posted at public crossings, yielding the right of way to the train.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

For further information, contact Mark Davis: 402-544-5459.

 

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