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UP to implement locomotive remote controls at Bailey Yard


Next month, Union Pacific Railroad expects to begin using locomotive remote controls (LRCs) at Bailey Yard in North Platte, Neb.

On Feb. 3, UP plans to start training workers, says UP spokesman John Bromley. Training should be completed by early summer.

Converting the yard — considered the world's largest — to LRC operation will result in the elimination of 58 engineer jobs, Bromley says. The workers will be transferred to other positions.

UP plans to begin using LRCs at 75 percent of its yards by year end. The LRC roll-out will continue into early 2004, at which time UP will convert mostly smaller yards, says Bromley.

Jeff Stagl

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