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12/8/2004



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UP tabs transportation vet Florence to serve new El Paso unit



Union Pacific Railroad recently named Tom Florence superintendent-transportation services of its newly established El Paso Service Unit.

Florence is responsible for the safe operation of an average 55 daily trains over nearly 700 miles of track in western Texas and eastern New Mexico. The El Paso Service Unit will report to the Western Region vice president in Roseville, Calif.

Florence started his railroad career as a management trainee with the CSX Transportation predecessor Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1978. He held several positions in the railroad’s operations and mechanical departments in Chicago, Ill.; Jacksonville, Fla. and Baltimore before leaving CSXT in 1988 to hold railroad-related positions with other companies, including Wisconsin Central Railroad. Florence joined Southern Pacific Railroad in 1993 and held several operating positions. Most recently, he served as UP’s assistant vice president–premium operations.

The El Paso service unit will handle east-west transcontinental traffic, as well as traffic to or from Kansas City and the upper Midwest. Rail traffic to and from Mexico is also handled between El Paso and Juarez.


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