Bookmark and Share

Rochelle, Ill., Awarded First Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

Historical connection to Union Pacific featured at as part of railroad’s 150th anniversary celebration

Train Towns

View Larger
  • View Larger
    (49K JPEG file)

    L to R: Peggy Friday, executive director, Rochelle Chamber of Commerce; Malcolm Patterson, senior manager Intermodal Operations, Global III; Wes Lujan, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Illinois; and Mayor Chet Olsen, City of Rochelle

  • Hi-Res
    (1855K JPEG file)
View Larger

Union Pacific's 150th Anniversary

Omaha, Neb., March 16, 2012 – Rochelle, Ill., has been awarded the first membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

Rochelle received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Rochelle's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at

"We are proud to recognize Rochelle as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Wes Lujan, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Illinois. "Union Pacific has been part of the country's fabric throughout the railroad's 150-year history. That bond between us and the nearly 7,300 communities we serve continues to strengthen."

"Our shared heritage with Rochelle is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."

The history of railroads in Rochelle began in 1854, with the completion of the Air Line Railroad between Chicago and the town of Lane, which would later be renamed Rochelle. A forerunner of the Union Pacific Railroad, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad built into Rochelle in 1855. A second main line track was built by the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company between 1898 and 1899. Union Pacific merged with the C&NW in 1995.

One year after Rochelle became a city in 1853, the railroad was built through the town. A few years later, a second railroad was constructed and then the advent of the automobile saw two major highways developed through Rochelle that intersected each other, thus making Rochelle known as the "Hub City".

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.

Media contact: Mark Davis, 402-544-5459 or

The statements and information contained in the news releases provided by Union Pacific speak only as of the date issued. Such information by its nature may become outdated, and investors should not assume that the statements and information contained in Union Pacific's news releases remain current after the date issued. Union Pacific makes no commitment, and disclaims any duty, to update any of this information.