Del Rio, 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, November 01, 2012 Del Rio, Texas, has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Mayor Robert Fernandez will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Del Rio's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Del Rio as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Ivan Jaime, Union Pacific director-Public Affairs. "The bond between our railroad and early settlements continues to strengthen and grow. Today, Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities where we live, our children grow up together and in which we recruit employees.
"Our shared heritage with Del Rio is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The railroad was essential to the birth of Del Rio, with the San Felipe Springs being an attractive water source needed to operate the iconic steam locomotives of the late 19th century.
Del Rio's population grew from 50 residents in 1880 to more than 2,000 residents in 1890, which was a few years after the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad arrived. Local sheep and goat raisers in the area benefitted greatly as the railroad offered them access to global markets leading to Del Rio being known as the wool and mohair capital of the world.
Today, Union Pacific maintains a crew base in Del Rio and the railroad continues to help area businesses to ship their products all over the world. In fact, rail shippers reduce their environmental footprint, as one Union Pacific train can take up to 300 trucks off of congested highways.
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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