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Monday, December 14, 2009

Union Pacific Railroad Sets Monthly Record Moving Loaded Agricultural Unit Trains

Source: Union Pacific (Press Release)

Union Pacific Railroad today announced it set a monthly record for moving loaded agricultural unit trains from facilities across its network. In November, the railroad moved 400 agricultural unit trains, breaking the previous record of 381 trains during October 2006. Of the 400 trains, 338 of them were grain and soybean unit trains and 62 were grain product trains.

"With record crop production levels, we knew this would be a busy year. Every area, from operating to engineering to our dispatch center, was ready for the challenge and provided peak service levels for our customers," said Paul Hammes, Union Pacific vice president and general manager - Agricultural.

Union Pacific also announced the following agriculture loading records:

During November, Union Pacific moved 35,588 carloads of grain and soybeans. This was the best November since 2007 when the railroad moved 33,797 cars. The previous best November was in 2002 with 32,897 carloads.

Union Pacific moved 12,399 carloads of soybeans in November, the second largest month ever behind October 2009 when the company moved 16,490 carloads of soybeans.

About Union Pacific's Agricultural Services

Union Pacific's Agricultural Products business consists of whole grains for animal and human consumption and commodities produced from these grains, food and beverage products, sweeteners and refrigerated products. Union Pacific is a key transportation provider for these markets.

With access to most major grain markets, Union Pacific provides a critical link between the Midwest and western producing areas and the primary export destinations in the Pacific Northwest and Gulf ports, as well as Mexico. Union Pacific also serves the U.S. domestic grain markets.

Primary food commodities consist of a variety of fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables and dairy products which are moved to major population centers for consumption. Frozen meat and poultry are transported to the West Coast ports for export.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

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