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UP appoints four execs, adds 9 mph to train speed on Kansas line


Union Pacific Railroad recently named Lance Fritz vice president of labor relations to succeed John Marchant, who will retire at June's end after serving the Class I the past 44 years.

Most recently regional VP for the Southern Region, Fritz joined UP in 2000 as VP and general manager of the energy group. He previously served as regional VP of the Northern Region.

UP also appointed Gregory Workman as Fritz's successor; Daniel Shudak, assistant VP of operations-Southern Region to succeed Workman; and Brian McGavock, general superintendent of the Houston service unit to succeed Shudak.

Workman joined UP in 1984 and has held various operating positions. Shudak previously held similar service unit assignments in California, Texas and Illinois, and McGavock has held various operating positions in Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois and Louisiana.

Meanwhile, UP also announced plans to boost train speed from 40 mph to 49 mph on a three-mile section of a line running through Wellington, Kan. Speed will be increased 5 mph this week and 4 mph next week.

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