Bryan, Texas, Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Historical connection to Union Pacific featured at www.up150.com as part of railroad’s 150th anniversary celebration
Spring, Texas, October 13, 2012 Bryan, Texas, has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Bryan will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Bryan's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at UP150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Bryan as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Joe Adams, Union Pacific vice president - Public Affairs, Southern Region. "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 Bryan is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The Houston and Texas Central Railway purchased 640 acres of land from a nephew of Stephen F. Austin in 1860, and the land later would become the town of Bryan. The first train arrived in Bryan in 1867, and the original rail line still runs through the heart of its central business district. In fact, many city streets are named after the first directors of the Houston and Texas Central Railway. Union Pacific acquired the tracks in Bryan after several mergers and continues to have a presence in the area.
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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