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Union Pacific Railroad Joins Five Other Cheyenne Organizations to Beautify Area Near Railyard

‘Steamin’ For Green’ to be Part of Cheyenne Earth Day Projects

Cheyenne, Wyo., April 20, 2010 – Union Pacific Railroad and several other organizations today kicked off a landscape project at the entrance to the Union Pacific Steam Shop and Roundhouse on railroad's property along Ames and Pacific avenues. The project, known as "Steamin' for Green," is aimed at stopping erosion of the steep slopes in those areas.

"We are excited that there are so many individuals from various area organizations volunteering to join Union Pacific on this project," said Dick Hartman, director public affairs - Wyoming and Colorado. "This will benefit the environment by stopping the soil erosion and beautifying this area of our rail yard."

"DEQ has found that Crow Creek through the City is impaired due to sediment loading.  While Union Pacific Railroad is not the only source of sediment to the creek, this project will definitely help to address this issue," said John Wagner, Water Quality Administrator for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

Steamin' for Green

"I applaud Union Pacific for their continued good stewardship and concern for our environment, and I'm pleased that the other organizations have come together in this partnership," Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen said. "An immediate benefit that will be experienced initially will be one of a visual improvement. Long-term benefits, of course, will be enhanced protections for the environment."

Union Pacific will invest more than $400,000 to grade, level and landscape the steep slopes near Ames Ave. and Union Pacific Ave.  The project has been named Steamin' for Green because the improvements will eliminate the sedimentation run-off near the entrance to the Union Pacific Steam Shop and historic roundhouse at the Cheyenne railyard.

The other organizations participating in the Steamin' for the Green project include the City of Cheyenne, State Department of Environmental Quality, Laramie County Community College, Lowe's and Boy Scout Troop 101.

The project is set to be in full swing June 1 and is scheduled to be completed by September 1.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

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