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Glen Ellyn joins UP's 'train town' registry


Yesterday, Union Pacific Railroad announced it added the village of Glen Ellyn, Ill., to its “Train Town USA Registry” as part of a year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

In 1849, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad built a rail line through Glen Ellyn — which was incorporated in 1834 — and the village center was diverted to Main Street and Crescent Boulevard, which still is the location of the municipality’s train station. A second mainline through the village was constructed in 1857. The Chicago & Northwestern Railway, which merged with UP in 1995, constructed a third main track in 1923 and 1924.

“We are proud to recognize Glen Ellyn as we commemorate our railroad’s sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together,” said Wes Lujan, UP’s director of public affairs for Illinois, in a prepared statement. “[The] bond between us and the nearly 7,300 communities we serve continues to strengthen.”

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