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UP to close Idaho hump yard


Union Pacific Railroad plans by early spring to close its Pocatello, Idaho, hump yard, which would affect about 30 employees.
"We plan to close the yard as early as March, and we will offer to transfer the workers to other locations," says UP spokesman John Bromley.
UP also might dismantle some tracks at the yard, but continue to perform several switching functions.
The railroad employs about 800 people in Pocatello, but eliminated more than 400 jobs during the past four years. Since 1975, the city has lost 1,500 railroad jobs.
Jeff Stagl

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