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Union Pacific Railroad Museum Tags Nebraska Residents with Special License Plates

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Omaha, Neb., February 17, 2012 – In conjunction with Union Pacific Railroad's 150th anniversary this year, the Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum is sponsoring a specialty license plate for Nebraska residents.

"The Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum Board and all who work or volunteer at the museum are proud to be a part of Union Pacific's 150th anniversary celebration, " said Carl Heinrich, Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum Board President.  "Union Pacific is integral to America's history, providing the connection from east to west that helped build this great nation. The Friends organization is passionate about preserving the railroad's legacy and tell Union Pacific's story to thousands of visitors each year."

The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin producing the specialty plates once 500 applications are submitted.  The plates cannot be personalized and cost $70. 

Union Pacific employees are being offered the opportunity to purchase the specialty plates starting February 17 through February 29, 2012.  Once the 500 applications have been submitted to the DMV, the UP specialty plates will be offered on the DMV website.

About the Friends of the Museum

The Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum is a non-profit 501(c) organization whose mission is to assist with providing financial and volunteer support for the museum.  The Friends have a Board of Directors which represents the community at large and provides input for the daily operation and management of the museum.  The Friends are funded by gift shop sales, daily donations, memberships, special events and grants.  They assist with providing the financial resources for all permanent and special exhibits, advertising, outreach programs and the volunteer corps which serves at the museum.

About the Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Visitors to the Union pacific Railroad Museum journey through more than 150 years of American history while viewing one of the oldest corporate collections in the nation. Housed in an historic Carnegie Library building in Council Bluffs, Iowa, visitors discover an extensive compilation of artifacts, photographs, documents and equipment from one of our nation's most ambitious endeavors - constructing the transcontinental railroad and settling the West, simultaneously chronicled in museum exhibits. Among the most popular museum exhibits are the transcontinental railroad's construction; "America Travels by Rail," which celebrates the height of passenger travel; the Lincoln Collection, featuring artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln's rail car and funeral; and the technology and innovation that sustain Union Pacific as a railroad industry leader. The Union Pacific Railroad Museum also promotes a sense of connectedness shared by generations of people whose personal and family histories have been touched by the railroad.

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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Union Pacific Railroad - Mark Davis, 402-544-5459 or
Union Pacific Railroad Museum – Abby Cape, 712-329-8307 or

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