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UP sets several coal train loading records in May


Last month, Union Pacific Railroad loaded 1,090 coal trains in the southern Powder River Basin, an increase of 205 trains compared with May 2005 and the railroad’s best-ever May coal train loadings in the region.

In Colorado and Utah, UP loaded 347 coal trains in May — the Class I’s most loadings in the area during the past six months.

Overall, the railroad loaded a record 5,304 coal trains systemwide during 2006’s first five months.

To increase coal train capacity and improve delivery reliability, UP is installing additional Centralized Traffic Control signals along lines in Iowa and improving interchanges with eastern carriers in East St. Louis, Ill.

In addition, the Class I recently completed a bypass project in Marysville, Kan. After relocating a double mainline away from the city’s downtown area, adding six passing tracks and closing 11 grade crossings, UP increased train speed from 20 mph to 50 mph.

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