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Union Pacific Railroad Co. (UP) - 2008


The Union Pacific Railroad Co. was chartered in 1862 through an act of Congress. The railroad is comprised of the original Union Pacific, Missouri Pacific, Chicago and North Western, and Southern Pacific railroads. The UP is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Union Pacific Corp., which is based in Omaha, Neb.

The UP is the largest railroad in the United States, operating 32,012 miles in 25 states in the western two-thirds of the nation. The UP's operations link major West coast and Gulf ports with major gateways to the east including Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans, and it is a primary connection between the United States and Mexico. The railroad operates 1,435 miles in Iowa, including a main line from Clinton to Council Bluffs and another north-south route through central Iowa, along with many branch lines. The railroad employs 488,951 people systemwide, with 2,042 located in Iowa.

The main products handled by the UP in Iowa include grain, food products, coal, chemicals/fertilizers and miscellaneous mixed shipments.