When East met West, Union Pacific Railroad was there. The principal operating subsidiary of Union Pacific was chartered by Congress in 1862 to build part of the first transcontinental rail line. Today, it is one of North America's largest railroads, providing freight transportation over some 32,000 route miles of track across the western two-thirds of the US. It links every major West Coast and Gulf Coast port and provides service to the east through major gateways in Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans. Union Pacific Railroad is the nation's largest hauler of chemicals and one of the largest intermodal carriers.
Although its primary role is transporting freight, the company also runs a commuter train operation in Chicago and its suburbs. All told, Union Pacific Railroad operates more than 8,000 locomotives.
Union Pacific Railroad's serves all six major gateways to Mexico and connects with Canada's rail systems as well. It also connects 23 primarily Western US states.
Sales and Marketing
In addition to chemical manufacturers and intermodal companies, Union Pacific Railroad serves a customer base that includes steamship lines, vehicle manufacturers, coal, agricultural companies, and utilities. The company serves about 10,000 customers.
The company has been installing the new technology along its tracks, upgrading locomotives to work with the new systems, and adding digital data communications equipment. In 2014 it invested $4.1 billion in its network and operations, enhanced already solid track inspection processes and technology, and broadly deployed creative employee training initiatives to continue the journey to zero derailments.
That year the company announced a $12 million investment in the rail line between West Chicago and Franklin Grove, Illinois to replace nearly 39,000 concrete railroad ties and install 8,400 tons of rock ballast between Elburn and Franklin Grove.
Mergers and Acquisitions
In 2013, a marketing move, the company entered into an agreement with the Southern California Chapter - Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in Pomona, California, to transfer ownership of one of the world's largest steam locomotives, Big Boy No. 4014, back to Union Pacific.