You’ve heard of self-driving vehicles. How about self-operating cranes?
Author: Union Pacific
Most locomotives departing Jenks Locomotive Shop in North Little Rock, Ark., fit a mold: polished, armor-yellow titans ready to haul freight across Union Pacific’s 23-state network. But there are others. Here’s the story of two carmen who paint complex commemoratives like the UP No. 1979 We Are ONE Employee Resource Group (ERG) Locomotive.
Editor’s Note: Due to recent forest fires in Northern California, Union Pacific’s (UP) Dry Canyon Bridge and nine miles of track sustained damage. Here is the story of how the railroad’s team fought the fires and is now rebuilding infrastructure; it was originally posted on the Class I’s website. UP estimates that the bridge will reopen Sept. 1.
Editor’s Note: As a polar vortex gripped much of the U.S. in February, railroad field employees braved harsh conditions to keep trains running and workers safe. Here are a few examples from Union Pacific, originally posted on the Safety section of the Class I’s website.
An explanation of Precision Train Builder, developed by Union Pacific subsidiary PS Technology.
It’s not the plastic water bottle that causes the most harm to sea birds, but the cap, which is mistaken for food. A non-profit in Hawaii ensured that more than 1.2 million plastic caps and lids will never get into the environment and harm sea birds by taking action to collect and recycle them. But this is no ordinary type of recycling, which aims to turn a plastic product back into another plastic product with the addition of more plastic.
Editor’s Note: The following story was posted on the Community area of the Union Pacific website. It is shared here in its entirety, with permission. We think it presents a useful example of what the rail industry is doing as an essential service in the national supply chain, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. — William C. Vantuono