Union Pacific Railroad Makes 150th Anniversary Stop in Eugene
UP 150 Express Tour Includes Legendary E9 Locomotives and Traveling Museum Car
Eugene, Ore., July 12, 2012 Union Pacific Railroad's 150TH anniversary marched forward as the UP 150 Express made its first stop in Oregon to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime celebration with the community of Eugene. Union Pacific's glimmering E-9 locomotives arrived pulling a new history car, a remodeled passenger-era baggage car, that allows viewers to take a journey through Union Pacific's 150-year history. Union Pacific welcomed the Eugene community to its Eugene rail yard for this historic event.
Streamliner Locomotives 951, 949 and 963B are the last of Union Pacific's high-speed diesel-electric locomotives built for service on the memorable streamliner and domeliner passenger trains. Also known as E-9s, the Streamliner locomotives pulled famous trains that included the City of Los Angeles, City of Portland, City of San Francisco, City of St. Louis and the Challenger.
"Eugene has been connected to the railroad since the 1870's," said Scott Moore, vice president, public affairs - West, Union Pacific. "It is fitting that our first 150th anniversary celebration in Oregon is taking place in a community with which we share such a deep historical connection."
The Eugene community was given the rare opportunity to enter the rail yard and experience Union Pacific's historic equipment up close. The E-9 locomotives of the UP 150 Express, the locomotive simulators and the history car known as the "Promontory" provided an authentic venue for a special presentation to Mayor Kitty Piercy who was presented with a special sign recognizing her community as an official member of Union Pacific's Train Town Registry USA.
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, Energy, 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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