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

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

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Omaha, Neb., May 04, 2012 – Lombard, Ill., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

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

"We are proud to recognize Lombard 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 Lombard is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."

Around 1848, artist Sheldon Peck, the first settler of the community known
as Babcock's Grove, sold the land needed for a right of way to the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad.  The G&CU became Chicago's pioneer railroad, and the earliest predecessor of the Chicago & North Western. When the Union Pacific began construction westward from Omaha, the C&NW was the supply line for construction materials from the east.

Lombard was adopted as the name of the village in 1869, also a significant year in the history of the Transcontinental Railroad. The railroad made possible the village's growth as a "bedroom community" for Chicago, and supplied service not only to Chicago and points east, but via the Omaha connection with the Union Pacific, to the Pacific coast – first to San Francisco and eventually to Los Angeles and Portland.

From before the turn of the last century to the present day, Lombard has depended on the railroad for commuter service. With the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, the Chicago & North Western's line was a primary beneficiary of freight and passenger service making the connection at Council Bluffs or Omaha. The C&NW and Union Pacific merged in 1995.

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.

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