Union Pacific Railroad

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.

30 Sep 2015
Booming business at Union Pacific Railroad’s intermodal ramp in North Laredo, Texas is spurring a $90 million expansion at the facility tapping U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade.
23 Jul 2015
Increased intermodal traffic and higher rates on cargo weren’t enough to offset significant overall freight and coal losses in the second quarter for Union Pacific Railroad.
02 Jul 2015
Union Pacific Railroad has embargoed international intermodal cargo originating from the U.S. West Coast at its Denver terminal due to a “severe” shortage of chassis there.
10 Jun 2015
BNSF Railway is aiming to regain domestic intermodal volume lost to Union Pacific Railroad by introducing more and faster expedited services connecting Chicago and St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Pacific Northwest.
24 Apr 2015
The number of westbound 40-foot equivalent ocean containers available in Chicago and Kansas City surged in early April, another sign the West Coast container logjam has broken and the Chinese New Year reprieve is over.
23 Apr 2015
Union Pacific Railroad on Thursday appeared to downplay the idea that U.S. West Coast port congestion has changed its expectations that a low- single-digit share of cargo might shift to East Coast when the Panama Canal opens next year.
CSX Intermodal operation
24 Mar 2015
Fierce late winter weather dealt a blow to U.S. railroads’ efforts to restore intermodal rail service to the level shippers enjoyed before the 2013-2014 winter dragged down performance.
23 Mar 2015
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are partnering with cargo interests, terminal operators, harbor truckers and the railroads to hasten the day when marine terminals become transit facilities rather than storage sites for containers.
The frequency of spot market loads from Los Angeles is increasing as the West Coast container logjam begins to break.
22 Mar 2015
Signs that the container logjam in Southern California is beginning to break are showing up on the truck spot market, as deconsolidated loads come up for grabs at West Coast warehouses.
12 Mar 2015
Tightening Chicago drayage capacity is causing rates to spike, as shippers have little choice but to pay for more local trucking to avoid demurrage charges that railroads impose if loads aren’t removed from terminals after two days.
25 Feb 2015
North American intermodal volumes plummeted as U.S. West Coast port congestion came to a head last week before union and waterfront officials at last brokered a deal Friday evening.