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Union Pacific Increasing Train Speed on Rail Line in West-Central Wisconsin

$8.4 Million Invested in Track Improvements During 2008

Omaha, Neb., April 15, 2009 – Recent track improvements will allow Union Pacific Railroad to increase the speed of its trains from 30 mph to 50 mph on nearly 13 miles of its rail line between Knapp and near Rusk, Wis.

The increased train speed typically reduces motorist wait time at crossings and improves railroad operating efficiency where Union Pacific has made track improvements.

Train speeds will be increased 10 mph on April 22, 2009, and another 10 mph on April 29, 2009, when the new maximum speed limit of 50 mph goes into effect.

Union Pacific invested $8.4 million last year on track improvements between Altoona and near Rusk, which was instrumental in enabling the speed of the trains between Knapp and near Rusk to be increased.   Crews replaced the rail, installed a switch – the track devices that guide a train from one track to another - replaced ties and improved the road surfaces at 36 crossings. 

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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. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive 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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