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Union Pacific Railroad Increasing Train Speed on Rail Line in South-Central Kansas

Omaha, Neb., November 21, 2012 – Recent track improvements will allow Union Pacific Railroad to increase the speed of its trains from 40 mph to 49 mph on nearly 22 miles of its rail line in Kansas between Wellington and the Kansas/Oklahoma border. 

The increased train speed typically reduces motorist wait time at crossings and improves railroad operating efficiency where Union Pacific has made track improvements.

Train speeds will be increased five mph on Sat., Dec. 1, 2012, and another four mph on Sat., Dec. 8, when the new maximum speed limit of 49 mph goes into effect.  

Union Pacific invested $28 million this year on track improvements between Wellington and the Kansas/Oklahoma state line, which was instrumental to the speed increase on this section of our rail network. Crews replaced rail, installed switches, replaced ties and improved the road surfaces at crossings.

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