Union Pacific Makes Track Improvements on Its Eastern Missouri Line

The Railroad is Investing More Than $9 Million on Track Maintenance between Mineral Point, Mo., and Annapolis, Mo.

Omaha, Neb., July 30, 2008 – Union Pacific Railroad is investing $9.1 million this year on track improvements between Mineral Point and Annapolis, Mo.

When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed 67,000 ties, spread 34,900 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and replaced the road surfaces at 54 crossings.  Work began on these projects July 15 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.  Crews also will replace rail in various curves between St. Louis and Poplar Bluff, Mo. This part of the track improvement projects is scheduled to begin on October 24 and is scheduled to be completed on mid November.

During 2008, Union Pacific plans to invest a total of $3.1 billion for capital projects that include $1.6 billion earmarked to maintain and strengthen the track infrastructure across its more than 32,300-mile system.  This extensive investment in the railroad's track helps ensure Union Pacific has the capability to offer quality, safe and cost-effective service to meet our customers' current and future transportation needs. Following track improvement projects, communities benefit from smoother road crossing surfaces and trains do not occupy crossings as long because they can operate more efficiently.

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 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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