A first for the oldest Class I: UP originates export metallurgical coal

The Class I now serves three coal mines in Colorado, 12 in the Powder River Basin and southern Wyoming, nine in Utah and six in the southern Illinois basin. Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad was founded on July 1, 1862, so there aren’t many things left for the 159-year-old Class I to experience for the first time. Yet, just such a development occurred in July, when the railroad began serving a mine in Weston, Colorado — the first export metallurgical coal to originate on its network.


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