Union Pacific Railroad Makes Improvements To Its Tracks Between Boone and Denison, Iowa

Omaha, Neb., July 15, 2005 – Union Pacific Railroad is spending $47.2 million this year on track improvements between Boone and Denison, Iowa.

Crews are removing and installing 196,181 concrete ties; spreading 222,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; replacing the surfaces at 45 road crossings, and replacing 24 turnouts, which guide a train from one track to another. Work began on these projects July 14 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

These improvements are part of more than $1 billion Union Pacific is planning to spend in 2005 to maintain its track across the 33,000-mile system.

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.

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