Union Pacific Railroad representatives, customers, and community leaders from western Wyoming Thursday officially opened a new $24 million rail yard about 20 miles west of Green River, Wyo. Rail yard construction began in August 2008 and was completed in December 2010.
“The Blacks Fork Rail Yard is the latest example of our company’s commitmentto grow with our customers and provide great service,” said Jim Young, UnionPacific chairman and chief executive officer. “By improving the way railcars are sorted for specific destinations, we are increasing efficiency,creating faster delivery time, and helping our customers compete in a globaleconomy.”
The Blacks Fork Rail Yard offers 47,000 feet of track, including three tracks with capacity to handle 150 rail cars each. It also includes a new bridge over the Blacks Fork River, five automatic electronic identification readers strategically placed inthe rail yard to assist in monitoring rail car movements, and 13 switches.