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Union Pacific Railroad Increasing Train Speed on Rail Line in South-Central Kansas

$28 Million Invested in Track Improvements during 2012

Omaha, Neb., November 21, 2012 – Recent track improvements will allow Union Pacific Railroad to increase the speed of its trains from 40 mph to 49 mph on nearly 22 miles of its rail line in Kansas between Wellington and the Kansas/Oklahoma border. 

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 five mph on Sat., Dec. 1, 2012, and another four mph on Sat., Dec. 8, when the new maximum speed limit of 49 mph goes into effect.  

Union Pacific invested $28 million this year on track improvements between Wellington and the Kansas/Oklahoma state line, which was instrumental to the speed increase on this section of our rail network. Crews replaced rail, installed switches, replaced ties and improved the road surfaces at crossings.
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, Coal, 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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