SPRING — Palestine has been awarded membership in Union Pacific Railroad’s Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Palestine received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young during the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Thursday at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Expo Center.
Palestine’s historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
“We are proud to recognize Palestine as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together,” said Joe Adams, Union Pacific vice president — Public Affairs Southern Region. “Union Pacific has been part of the country's fabric throughout the railroad's 150-year history. That bond between us and the nearly 7,300 communities we serve continues to strengthen.”
“Our shared heritage with Palestine is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come,” Adams continued.
Train service through Palestine dates back to 1872, when the International Railroad and the Houston and Great Northern Railroad met in Palestine. A year later, the two companies merged and became the International and Great Northern Railroad. The IGN built a major rail depot used to repair steam locomotives and coach rail cars 1892 and a modern passenger coach repair shop in 1902. Both shops remained in operation until the current shop was built in Palestine in 1954.
The IGN became part of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which merged with Union Pacific in 1997. Today, Union Pacific's facility in Palestine is home to more than 150 employees who work in the car shop and the transportation, signal, track and freight claims departments.
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, Coal, 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.