Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific intermodal train

Union Pacific Railroad is a U.S. Class I railroad owned by Union Pacific Corporation operating 31,800 route miles of track and covering 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States. The railroad operates from all major U.S. 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.

UP operates 8,300 locomotives and employs 46,500 individuals, providing service to approximately 10,000 customers. The company reported 2013 revenue of $22 billion — up 5 percent year-over-year.

The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad was incorporated in 1862 under the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. The company has grown by acquiring other railroads, including the Missouri Pacific, Chicago and North Western, Western Pacific, and several more. UP also owns 26 percent of Mexico-based Ferromex.

The company recorded second quarter 2014 revenue of $6.02 billion, up 10 percent from year-earlier revenue of $5.47 billion. 2014 half-year results included total revenue of $11.65 billion, up 8 percent from the previous year.

Union Pacific Railroad has added 11 intermodal train starts between Northern California and Portland, Oregon, and Chicago in 2014, in hopes of grabbing business from key competitor BNSF Railway. Its new services are geared to domestic intermodal volume and build on the success UP has had in handling more 53-foot container traffic.

16 Nov 2016
BNSF and Kansas City Southern railways are launching a new joint cross-border intermodal service, a bet that the new Trump administration won’t upend the North American Free Trade Agreement.
20 Oct 2016
The Western railway has lost some of its pricing power after domestic and international freight demand shrank in the third quarter.
22 Aug 2016
Truck and rail traffic in Southern California back to normal after wildfire contained.
19 Aug 2016
The continued closure of at least one railway line and a highway disrupted the flow of containers to and from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Friday in the fourth day of a savage wildfire wreaking havoc in the northeast Los Angeles area.
18 Aug 2016
A wildfire northeast of Los Angeles continued to disrupt the flow of containers to and from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Thursday, but road and rail traffic was less affected than Wednesday, officials said.
Big rigs pack into a California Pilot Travel Center after the Blue Cut fire closed the I-15. Credit: @KTLA.
17 Aug 2016
The Blue Cut wildfire, which cut off road and rail traffic in the Cajon Pass, northeast of L.A. and the Inland Empire, is causing shipping detours and delays.
Inventories have fallen from their recent seven-year high, but they are still a drag on growth throughout the transportation industry.
21 Jul 2016
"I think if you look at the absolute volumes, they are not strong,” Eric Butler, UP’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said.
27 Apr 2016
The need to reduce truck congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has stakeholders looking at the feasibility of a number of options utilizing rail service.
21 Apr 2016
Struggling with intermodal and carload volume declines and a softer-than-anticipated U.S. economy, Union Pacific Railroad profit fell by double digits in the first quarter of 2016.
21 Jan 2016
Union Pacific Railroad said high inventories, a decline in premium shipments and sluggish retail sales are pulling down its intermodal volume and revenue from the hauling of containers.
19 Jan 2016
Canadian Pacific Railway has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate a “collective campaign” spearheaded by other major railroads to block its increasingly hostile stock-and-cash bid for Norfolk Southern Railway.
14 Jan 2016
Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railway would have to convince U.S. rail regulators that a potential merger won’t set off a wave of Class I consolidation in order to get the greenlight, U.S. Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel Elliott said Thursday.