September 3, 2015

Man charged in theft of railroad wiring

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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

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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

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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

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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 [...]

BNSF retakes market share from Union Pacific

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BNSF Railway Co. won back market share for grain and agriculture commodities that it lost to Union Pacific Corp. in 2014 when the railroad owned by Warren Buffett struggled to keep up with customer demand. In last year’s first quarter, BNSF lost about 4 percentage points of market share for carrying grain, fertilizer and other [...]

UP retaliates against another injured worker

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An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has determined that management of the Union Pacific Railroad added insult to injury when it blamed a worker in Roseville who was hurt on-the-job and then retaliated against him for reporting his injury in February 2011. Investigators established that Union Pacific violated [...]

UP derailment was caused by broken rail

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A November train derailment in the Feather River Canyon was caused by a broken rail, the Enterprise-Record has learned. As Union Pacific Railroad prepares to replace more than 36 miles of track between Keddie and Lake Oroville, spokesman Francisco Castillo has confirmed a detail fracture caused by cracks led to the derailment of 12 train [...]

UP names Hutcherson Human Resources VP

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Union Pacific named Sherrye Hutcherson vice president of Human Resources effective May 4. Hutcherson will be responsible for leading the company’s human resources function, which includes talent management, training and development, strategic workforce planning, recruiting, compensation and benefits, and diversity initiatives. Hutcherson h more than 20 years of experience in corporate and non-profit settings, with [...]

Member injured, engineer killed in taxi accident

A SMART Transportation Division member was seriously injured and a BLET engineer was killed when a taxi hired by Union Pacific Railroad to transport the men rolled off the side of a freeway near the Interstate 680/Interstate 80 interchange, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident happened just after 1 a.m. this morning (March [...]

UP request to haul liquefied natural gas criticized

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Union Pacific Railroad has applied for permission to haul liquefied natural gas, which would add another combustible cargo to a U.S. rail network already being criticized for transporting ethanol and crude oil through populated areas. The Omaha-based railroad said the application for a permit from the Federal Railroad Administration is in response to a request [...]