Monday, December 14, 2009

UP reports record for agricultural unit trains

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Union Pacific Monday said it had 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.

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"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 other agricultural loading marks, including: moving 35,588 carloads of grain and soybeans, the best November since since 2007 when the railroad moved 33,797 cars; and moving 12,399 carloads of soybeans in November, the second largest month ever behind October 2009.