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June 20, 1990 | TED CILWICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At first blush, these are boom times on the Palouse for farmers and the railroad that carries their peas and lentils to market. Washington-grown lentils in 1989 filled 308 freight cars bound for foreign export--a 51% increase over 1988 crops. This year, Union Pacific Railroad Co. and commodity shippers agree that at least 331 rail cars will be needed to carry the harvest. Union Pacific, which posted a $547-million profit in 1989, can't keep up with the demand for rail cars.
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September 18, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Still in a daze from the crash, Donald Ashman walked over to the first body. Ashman knelt down and lifted a corner of a white blanket covering the body, placed his hand on the man's forehead and said the words he had said so many times before, almost always at a hospital: "May God Almighty have mercy upon thee, forgive thee thy sins and bring thee to everlasting life." The prayer took just a few seconds.
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BUSINESS
August 8, 1991 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael H. Walsh, chairman of Union Pacific Railroad Co., resigned Wednesday to become president of Tenneco Inc. on Oct. 1. Walsh, 49, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California, was also named chief executive of the Houston-based diversified concern, effective Jan. 1. Additionally, Tenneco said Walsh will become chairman in May upon the retirement of James L. Ketelson, 60, who has been Tenneco chairman since 1978. Union Pacific said Richard K.
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April 16, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Just a few decades ago, the Taylor Yards was a two-mile-long expanse of railroad tracks where trains were coupled together to connect Los Angeles industry to the rest of the nation.
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November 4, 1997 | RICHARD SIMON and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Safety, service and capacity problems on the Union Pacific Railroad's troubled 36,000-mile system all but locked up vital sectors of Los Angeles' economy Monday, stranding cargo in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, forcing shippers to reroute goods to other harbors and holding up chlorine needed to treat the region's water supply. The railroad's problems in moving freight also have been blamed for delaying Metrolink commuter train service.
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April 16, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Just a few decades ago, the Taylor Yards was a two-mile-long expanse of railroad tracks where trains were coupled together to connect Los Angeles industry to the rest of the nation.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Union Pacific Corp. said Thursday that profit fell 22%, its fifth consecutive quarterly decline, as higher fuel prices and damage from West Coast storms pushed up costs. First-quarter net income dropped to $128 million, or 48 cents a share, from $165 million, or 63 cents, a year earlier, the Omaha-based company said. Sales rose 9% to $3.15 billion, helped by rate increases. Union Pacific's costs increased 10% to $2.84 billion, including $539 million for fuel.
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June 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
NEBRASKA * Three Union Pacific freight trains collided near North Platte, injuring four crew members and igniting a fire that shut down a Nebraska highway. The fire may have been caused by diesel fuel from the train engines, railroad spokesman Mark Davis said. The fire was doused two hours after the 4:30 a.m. accident, and no hazardous material was involved. Four of the six crew members suffered minor injuries, Davis said. The trains were hauling a total of 275 cars.
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April 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
State regulators are saying "not so fast" to Union Pacific's plan to add a second track to its main line across southern Arizona, a project that the railroad says will allow more trains to use a route with burgeoning traffic from California ports.
BUSINESS
April 1, 1998 | Washington Post
The Surface Transportation Board, seeking to end severe rail service problems in Texas and the Gulf Coast, said it will consider whether to order sale of parts of the newly merged Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads to competitors. If the board eventually concludes that major sales are needed, it will mark one of the rare instances in which federal regulators have ordered even a partial breakup of a rail merger.
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April 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
State regulators are saying "not so fast" to Union Pacific's plan to add a second track to its main line across southern Arizona, a project that the railroad says will allow more trains to use a route with burgeoning traffic from California ports.
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January 27, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Union Pacific Railroad will begin a three-month, $21.3-million track upgrade from East Los Angeles to Riverside early next month, a company spokeswoman said. The project, which involves replacing 43 miles of rail and resurfacing public crossings, could entail detours and disrupt Riverside Metrolink service. Workers will replace wooden ties with concrete ones and lay new steel rail to reduce repairs on the heavily used line.
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June 25, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
California officials and the nation's two largest railroad companies have struck an agreement to reduce pollution from rail yards, but the pact surprised local air quality regulators and environmental activists who called it a backroom deal that would undermine tougher smog controls.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Union Pacific Corp. said Thursday that profit fell 22%, its fifth consecutive quarterly decline, as higher fuel prices and damage from West Coast storms pushed up costs. First-quarter net income dropped to $128 million, or 48 cents a share, from $165 million, or 63 cents, a year earlier, the Omaha-based company said. Sales rose 9% to $3.15 billion, helped by rate increases. Union Pacific's costs increased 10% to $2.84 billion, including $539 million for fuel.
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March 16, 2005 | Wendy Thermos and Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writers
Union Pacific Railroad put into service one of the nation's first locomotives using environmentally friendly hybrid technology Tuesday, and the company called it an important step toward cutting air pollution generated by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. "It's a very efficient technology," said Michael E. Iden, the Union Pacific executive overseeing the company's conversion to a lower-emission fleet.
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March 12, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Perplexed by three Los Angeles-area train derailments within 33 hours this week, including one caused by a 14-year-old throwing a switch, officials are investigating whether freight rail safety practices need to be beefed up in the region. Whittier police, who patrol Santa Fe Springs, on Friday announced the arrest of the boy on suspicion of train wrecking and said he apparently had easy access to a track switch and used it to derail the moving cars.
BUSINESS
March 11, 1998
* Union Pacific vowed to make "very substantial improvement" within 30 days in the nation's massive railroad freight traffic jam. The rail company told federal regulators it may resort to a temporary ban on new freight from its system or transfer business to its competitors. * A year after debuting her home furnishings line at Kmart stores, Martha Stewart is expanding the line with about 600 products, including bathroom accessories.
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January 27, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Union Pacific Railroad will begin a three-month, $21.3-million track upgrade from East Los Angeles to Riverside early next month, a company spokeswoman said. The project, which involves replacing 43 miles of rail and resurfacing public crossings, could entail detours and disrupt Riverside Metrolink service. Workers will replace wooden ties with concrete ones and lay new steel rail to reduce repairs on the heavily used line.
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December 11, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two Union Pacific freight trains collided head-on Friday morning, killing the conductor of one train and leaving derailed rail cars, locomotives and freight strewn across the Southern California desert. One train, hauling 87 freight cars, was traveling from Los Angeles to Dallas; the other, with 35 cars, was heading west from Chicago to Los Angeles. Kenneth Leonard, 44, the operator of the eastbound train, was taken to a hospital and died late Friday.
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November 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Responding to two deadly derailments, Omaha-based Union Pacific Railroad has dispatched more managers to Texas and organized safety meetings with train crews as they report to work. There have been five derailments in San Antonio since May. The increased safety measures were adopted after a train car smashed into a warehouse, killing one man and injuring another; in June, two trains collided, killing three people.
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