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Salt Lake City Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

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Union Pacific's 150th Anniversary

Salt Lake City, Utah, July 24, 2012 – Salt Lake City has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150TH anniversary celebration. Mayor Ralph Becker was joined on stage by Governor Gary Herbert and Elder Sam Clark from the LDS Church as Union Pacific presented an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, making Salt Lake City an official part of Union Pacific's 150TH anniversary celebration across its 23-state network.

"Salt Lake City has always been a central part of Union Pacific Railroad's transcontinental railroad legacy," said Dan Harbeke, Union Pacific director - public affairs for Utah. "Building on that history, Salt Lake City plays a significant contemporary role in our system today."

The presentation was made as part of Union Pacific's 150TH anniversary celebration at the historic Union Pacific depot in downtown Salt Lake City. The LDS Church also participated in the event, commemorating Union Pacific's early dealings with the frontier leader Brigham Young. Today, Union Pacific has more than 1,400 employees in Utah operating more than 1,200 miles of track. Main lines of Union Pacific track radiate in every direction from the Salt Lake City-Ogden metropolitan area, making a major impact on the Utah economy. 

About Union Pacific

One of America's iconic companies, Union Pacific celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2012. Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. 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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