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Union Pacific hauls historic military vehicle

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 10/19/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image When a tank is disabled in combat, the U.S. military calls on the M88 Recovery Vehicle. Photo – up.com

Union Pacific Railroad recently shipped the military vehicle that pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, according to an article posted on the Class I's Inside Track website.

UP subsidiary Loup Logistics provided a first and final mile transportation solution for the 140,000-pound M88A2 Hercules.

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UP: Supply chain challenges need coordinated response

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 10/5/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Everyone in the supply chain must take stock of what they can control, wrote UP AVP Elise Gosch. Photo – up.com

Each member of the supply chain must focus on optimizing their part of it and keep communicating with other players both upstream and downstream to address challenges, according to Union Pacific Railroad's Inside Track newsletter.

Changes in consumer spending habits during the pandemic, labor shortages in the trucking and warehousing industries, and final-mile delivery delays are contributing to industry-wide supply-chain shortages in the United States, wrote Elise Gosch, UP's assistant vice president of marketing and sales-premium intermodal.

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Illinois panel OKs grade crossing improvements on UP line

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 9/17/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) recently granted approval for the installation of new automatic flashing light signals and gates and the reconstruction of existing highway approaches at a Union Pacific Railroad grade crossing in Bonnie. The total estimated cost to install the new automatic warning devices is $262,805.  ICC staff recommends that the state's Grade Crossing Protection Fund be used to reimburse UP for 95% of the installation costs, not to exceed $249,665. The railroad will pay all remaining installation costs and cover the future costs to maintain the new warning devices.  The village of Bonnie is required to reconstruct the existing highway approach grades at East Lang Lane, but will be reimbursed by the state for all related costs. All the approved work must be completed with 12 months.

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UP ramps up hiring efforts

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 9/2/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad announced it is among U.S. employers actively hiring as the nation’s economy continues to improve. The Class I is soliciting applicants for more than 50 job openings across its system, with more openings anticipated in the coming months, according to a report on UP’s website. Finding new employees "has never been more competitive or sometimes difficult," reported Ken Kuwamura, senior manager of talent acquisition at UP. "Other industries, like entertainment, trucking, education, medical and construction, also are experiencing similar challenges," he wrote. Adding to the hiring challenge is a commitment the railroad made to improve its workplace diversity. By 2030, UP has said it will increase representation of women in its workforce to 11%, doubling its current population, and has a goal of increasing its minority workforce to 40%. "We've included several working groups across the company to focus on many different issues that all ultimately lead back to making our work environment one that attracts many candidates from diverse families, backgrounds and experiences," Kuwamura wrote. In addition, UP has put in place an incentive program for current transportation employees to relocate to some of the areas in need of workers. "The program has been a huge success and will soon be rolled out to the other crafts at Union Pacific," said Kuwamura.

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UP, Progress Rail to use biodiesel fuel to cut GHG emissions

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 8/20/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad locomotives will be getting a boost of biodiesel fuel under an updated fuel recommendation by Progress Rail. The company has approved the use of up to 20% biodiesel blend in specific EMD locomotive series operated by UP. Previously, the locomotives were approved to operate at 5%. The updated fuel recommendation comes after testing high-horsepower locomotives, used for hauling freight long distances, and monitoring performance for things such as fuel consumption, as well as impact on engine oil and fuel filters. Progress Rail is currently undergoing additional testing and development, UP and Progress Rail officials said in a press release. "Union Pacific is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint, and this is another step toward achieving our long-term goal to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 26% by 2030," said UP Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Beth Whited, who oversees the railroad's environmental, social and governance-related efforts. Progress Rail is "committed to offering sustainable solutions by providing products that facilitate fuel transition, increase operational efficiency, and reduce emissions," said Progress Rail President and Chief Executive Officer Marty Haycraft. “Through continually investing in new products, technologies, and services, we offer a wide range of fuel flexibility, making a meaningful, positive impact on the environment and supporting our customers in achieving their GHG reduction goals.”

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UP posts past three years' equal employment opportunity reports online

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 8/12/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad recently uploaded its certified equal employment opportunity-1 (EEO-1) reports from 2018, 2019 and 2020 onto its website. The data supplements quarterly workforce reports and UP’s annual “Building America’ report, which shows the demographic composition of the railroad’s workforce and highlights diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts. The Class I aims to attract and retain a diverse workforce to access the broad skills, character and perspectives it needs to foster innovative ideas and help customers compete on a global playing field, UP officials said in a press release. "Transparency is a key objective if we want to move the needle. Our managers must understand the best way to unleash the full potential of our workforce is to embrace diversity and lead diverse teams,” said UP Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Beth Whited. “These reports help us know where we are today and guide us as we move forward and identify solutions to help us achieve our D&I goals." EEO-1 reports are based on employee self-identification and on categories that are applied uniformly across industries to ensure consistency. The D&I quarterly report and Building America report show results based on the way UP is structured as a company and include active employees, which better reflects the human resources available to the company, UP officials said. In addition, the D&I and Building America reports provide minority data as one measurement while EEO-1 reports break down minority data into different employee groups.

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UP's Lujan: Freight, passenger railroads work better as partners

Union Pacific Railroad Assistant Vice President-External Relations Wes Lujan recently posted a column on the freight-rail industry’s relationship with Amtrak.

The column’s timing is related to Amtrak’s 15-year, $75 billion plan to expand intercity passenger-rail service across the country. The plan will depend on Congress passing federal funding to help pay for it, as well as negotiations with the nation’s freight railroads on whose tracks Amtrak trains would travel.

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UP produces 'record' quarterly results

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 7/22/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad today reported 2021 second-quarter net income of $1.8 billion, or $2.72 per diluted share, compared to $1.1 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share, a year ago. The Class I leveraged volume growth, core pricing gains and productivity to produce record quarterly results, UP Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Lance Fritz said in a press release. Compared with Q2 2020 results, UP's operating revenue of $5.5 billion jumped 30%; business volumes, as measured by total revenue carloads, at 2 million units climbed 22%; and operating income of $2.5 billion soared 50%. UP's operating ratio improved to 55.1% during the quarter from 61% a year ago. Higher fuel prices negatively impacted the operating ratio by 210 basis points, UP officials said. Also during Q2, UP’s freight car velocity was 213 daily miles per car, a 6% decline; locomotive productivity was 140 gross ton-miles per horsepower day, a 3% improvement; average maximum train length was 9,410 feet, a 9% increase; and fuel consumption rate (measured in gallons of fuel per thousand gross ton-miles) improved 3%. "Importantly, these strong results were achieved in a challenging environment as our rail network continues to be impacted by supply chain disruptions, particularly in the intermodal space," said Fritz. "As we move into the second half of 2021, we will continue working with our customers and the broader supply chain to increase fluidity and efficiently handle the strong demand for freight transportation."

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UP tank cars assist lava fire fight

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 7/13/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Beginning June 29, Union Pacific used its water tank train to help fight a lava fire in Northern California. Photo – up.com

A Union Pacific Railroad firefighting crew with water tank cars from the Class I's fleet helped fight a lava fire in Northern California in late June, according to an article on UP's website.

UP operates a fleet of about 50 water tank cars known as the fire-car fleet. The former tank cars were converted into water pump cars and can hold 7,000 to 23,000 gallons of water. They feature nozzles that can spray water more than 75 feet.

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UP announces DEI giving goals

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 6/18/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad yesterday announced new diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) giving goals, as well as a summer tour that features a new commemorative locomotive dedicated to diversity. UP believes DEI principles are critical to its success. As a result, UP officials are asking every program or organization that it supports financially through its Community Ties Giving Program to demonstrate a commitment to DEI principles by 2023, company officials said in a press release. The company views its goal of reaching 100% of DEI-aligned grants as a multiyear effort. Meanwhile, UP's new "We are One" tour will begin tomorrow, Juneteenth Day, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The brightly colored locomotive will start its 2021 journey in Houston, Texas. UP No. 1979 is only Union Pacific's 18th commemorative locomotive. It honors the company's nine employee resource groups (ERGs) and the work they do to support DEI. The unit commemorates the year UP's first ERG ‚ the Black Employee Network, was established in 1979.

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UP service unit cuts reportable injuries by 25%

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 6/9/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
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Union Pacific Railroad's Heartland Service Unit has reduced its personal reportable injuries by 25% and human factor-derailments by 58% so far in 2021.

One of the unit's initiatives, called "Walk-with-Me Wednesdays," engages directly with train crews, UP officials said in an item posted on the Class I's InsideTrack web page. Each Wednesday, supervisors walk around the yard with two employees and show them how safe and reliable service impacts customers.

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'We Are ONE' commemorative locomotive debuts

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 5/28/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image UP No. 1979 is named after the year the Class I launched its first ERG, the Black Employee Network. Photo – up.com

Union Pacific Railroad's "We Are ONE" Employee Resource Group (ERG) commemorative locomotive is ready to hit the tracks. UP No. 1979 is named after the year in which the Class I established its first ERG, the Black Employee Network (BEN).

The locomotive will travel through UP's system on its way to the ONE ERG conference to be held in Omaha Sept. 1-2. Its unveiling will be held in Houston in honor of Juneteenth day, the holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States.

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Union Pacific unveils ESG goals in annual report

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 5/4/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image The 2020 Building America Report is the first to include the company's Fact Book. Photo – up.com

Union Pacific Railroad yesterday published its 2020 Building America Report, the railroad's annual report on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.

The report unveils UP's new cumulative ESG strategy called "Building a Sustainable Future 2030," which includes four areas of concentration: investing in the UP workforce, driving sustainable solutions, championing environmental stewardship and strengthening the communities UP serves.

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UP constructing grain transload terminal near Chicago

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 4/30/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad is building a state-of-the-art grain transload facility within its Global IV intermodal terminal in Joliet, Illinois. The UP Global IV Transload facility will be managed by JCT, a 50-50 joint venture between Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. and Gavilon Grain LLC. Construction began this month and completion is anticipated by fourth-quarter 2021. Once fully operational, the terminal will have the capacity to process 50,000 containers per year, UP officials said in a press release. UP Global IV Transload will be open to all Midwest agricultural producers and processors, expanding connection opportunities to both empty containers and UPs extensive West Coast port terminal network. Regional producers and processors will be able to transport their product by truck to Global IV, where it will be transloaded into containers for shipment by rail to West Coast ports, then loaded onto ocean carriers and shipped to overseas markets. The program will offer greater access to containers for exporters and faster turnaround times for ocean carriers, UP officials said. "This facility will support the regional agriculture economy by providing reduced supply-chain costs and efficient loading support for exporting grain products, whole grains and oilseeds," said Kari Kirchhoefer, UP's vice president of marketing and sales premium. "By co-locating on site at G4, we create greater efficiencies within the supply chain."

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Union Pacific reports lower profit, revenue in Q1

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 4/22/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Corp. today reported first-quarter 2021 net income of $1.3 billion, or $2 per diluted share, compared with $1.5 billion, or $2.15 per diluted share, during the same period a year ago.The Class I’s operating revenue of $5 billion declined 4% during the quarter. Business volumes, as measured by total revenue carloads, fell 1% compared to Q1 2020 due to declines in industrial and bulk shipments, partially offset by strength in premium carloads.The quarter presented "some real challenges that impacted our results," said Lance Fritz, UP's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We generated solid productivity through efficient use of our resources despite the significant weather event that covered most of our network in February and early March," Fritz said in a press release. "Looking to the rest of the year, an improving economic outlook, our continued commitment to value based pricing that exceeds inflation and the opportunity for strong productivity give us confidence to affirm our 2021 guidance."UP reported a Q1 operating ratio of 60.1%, up from 59% last year. The increase was attributed to weather and rising fuel prices.Quarterly freight revenue declined 5%, as core pricing gains were more than offset by a less favorable business mix, decreased fuel surcharge revenue and volume declines.Also during the quarter, UP's “service product and lower cost structure” attracted new business and growth opportunities, Fritz said."There are many more growth opportunities to capture by also helping our customers efficiently and reliably reduce the carbon intensity of their supply chains," he said.

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UP to close East Texas rail-car maintenance facility

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 4/19/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad last week notified employees that it will close a rail-car maintenance facility in Palestine, Texas, with 57 positions to be eliminated in mid-June. "This workforce reduction is the result of operational changes across our system and is part of Union Pacific’s continuous effort to provide competitive rail service to our customers," UP officials said in an emailed statement. While the Class I is closing its main car repair facility in Palestine, limited car repair activities will continue in the Palestine area, they said. "We did not take this step lightly but we are determined to do the right thing for the thousands of customers, employees and communities who rely on us to help build sustainable economic growth across the western two-thirds of the United States," UP officials said. "We appreciate the support we have received over the years in the communities of Palestine and Anderson County, as well as the hard work and dedication of our employees. We are working with those impacted to help them with job placement activities."    

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UP moved record number of wind trains, high-wide loads in 2020

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 4/5/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image UP's clearance team is responsible for measuring and ensuring the safe movement of high-wide loads on bridges.Photo – up.com

Union Pacific Railroad in 2020 moved 404 total wind trains, a record high at more than one per day.

Last year's record broke its previous annual record of 242 wind trains, which was set in 2019, UP reported last week in its InsideTrack newsletter.

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UP named top ‘military-friendly’ employer

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 9/29/2020 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image More than 17 percent of Union Pacific employees have military backgrounds.Photo – UP

Union Pacific Railroad was designated the top “Military Friendly Employer” in the transportation industry for 2021 and ranked No. 7 overall by Viqtory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine.

More than 17 percent of UP employees, or 6,300, are veterans and active-service military members. 

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UP awards millions in grants to pandemic-related efforts

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 9/18/2020 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image UP SVP and Chief Administrative Officer Scott Moore is president of the Union Pacific Foundation.Photo – up.com

Union Pacific Railroad's Community Ties Giving Program has awarded $10.2 million in local grants to more than 930 nonprofit organizations across the Class I's 23-state system.

Traditionally, UP awards grants in the company's three philanthropic priorities: safety, workforce development and community spaces. However, this year, nearly $7 million is being awarded to efforts to address needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, UP officials said in a press release.

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UP dispatches 'water train' to fight California wildfires

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 9/9/2020 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image A UP crew used the water train to fight a fire near Spring Garden, California.Photo – UP's InsideTrack newsletter

A team of Union Pacific Railroad engineering employees have been on the front lines of battling hot spots along the railroad's track, bridges and tunnels as wildfires roar across Northern California.

The crew have been using the UP water train, which consists of two rail cars that each hold 12,500 gallons of water and a pumper. The train goes back and forth over a 7-miles stretch, traversing up to 50 miles a day, UP officials said in railroad's InsideTrack newsletter.

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