June 29, 2016

UP oil train derails and catches fire in Oregon

According to The Oregonian, a Union Pacific oil train traveling through the Columbia River Gorge derailed and caught fire Friday afternoon. Although no injuries were reported, local schools evacuated students and nearby state highways were shut down. The train originated from North Dakota and was carrying the volatile Bakken crude oil to Washington state. Eleven […]

NTSB report says UP contributed to collision

The Hutchinson News reported that a recently released NTSB investigation report indicates that UP contributed to the ‘probable cause’ of the 2014 collision of two UP freight trains near Galva, Kan.  Read the complete article here.

UP modifying Great Salt Lake causeway

GREAT SALT LAKE — One of the strangest and most striking places in Utah — an enormous oddity that scientists say was created accidentally by human engineering — is getting a bit of a remodeling job. Union Pacific Railroad is beginning a bridge-building project to replace a small portion of a causeway that’s been blamed […]

Creighton plans program to help laid off UP workers

Creighton University is developing a program to aid those who will lose their jobs in the wake of ConAgra’s recent announcement that it will slash expenses by eliminating salaried positions and relocating its global headquarters from Omaha to Chicago. ConAgra announced Thursday that it would uproot its Omaha headquarters next year. About 1,000 people are expected […]

Funeral set for member Jordan after UP accident

Troy J. Jordan, 49, of Shawnee, Kansas died in an accident while working on Union Pacific property in Kansas City, Kan. Sept. 29, 2015. After high school, Jordan graduated from Central Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Jordan hired out with Union Pacific railroad in 2008 and became a member of […]

Police: rail worker killed by train at Kansas rail yard

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Authorities are investigating after a Union Pacific Railroad employee was found dead under a rail car in Kansas City, Kansas. According to police, officers responded to reports of a person trapped under a train in a rail yard around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday. Read more from WIBW.com. The Union Pacific employee was SMART […]

Man charged in theft of railroad wiring

The theft of copper wire from railroad tracks in Texarkana, Ark., in April created a public hazard, a prosecutor said. Prosecutors in Miller County, Ark., formally charged Jeffrey Duane Procella, 39, last week in theft of metal and felony criminal mischief in the removal of signal wire from a Union Pacific Corp. railroad track in […]

Fritz elected UP CEO to succeed Koraleski

Union Pacific Railroad’s board yesterday elected Lance Fritz chairman, president and chief executive officer effective Oct. 1. As chairman, Fritz will succeed Jack Koraleski, who plans to retire Sept. 30. Fritz was elected UP’s president and CEO, and to the board, on Feb. 5. A year earlier, he was named president and chief operating officer. […]

Feds say rule on oil train reporting permanent

The Federal Railroad Administration said Wednesday that train companies must continue reporting crude oil routes and volumes to state authorities concerned about derailments and fires. The interim regulation requiring notification will become permanent. Oil-hauling railroads include Omaha-based Union Pacific and Berkshire Hathaway-owned BNSF Railway. Read more from Omaha.com.

Union Pacific furloughs 900 train crew employees

Union Pacific Corp. said it has placed about 900 train crew employees on furlough or alternative work status to align its work force with current market conditions and demand. The railroad employs about 47,000 people across its system, 8,000 in Nebraska. Union Pacific Corp. also has mothballed locomotives as its transport volumes run 4 percent […]