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Union Pacific's Big Red Express a Hit with Nebraska Communities

Crowds line the route or have been present at whistle stops in Columbus, Grand Island and Kearney today as Union Pacific Railroad's Big Red Express travels across Nebraska from Omaha to North Platte celebrating railroad history and heritage along with the historical connection the University of Nebraska has with Nebraska communities.

"Union Pacific is more than 150 years old and the first tracks were laid here in Nebraska signaling the beginning of Abraham Lincoln's dream of a Transcontinental railroad. Nebraska is home to our headquarters and nearly 8,000 employees. The Big Red Express special train celebrates not only Union Pacific's heritage with the communities along our main line from Omaha to North Platte, but also the historical connection the University of Nebraska has with these communities," said Lance Fritz, president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad.

"No other railroad in this country has retained their historical passenger equipment like Union Pacific. Each rail car is unique and chronicles a different chapter of Union Pacific's past. The preservation of our fleet speaks to the high value Union Pacific places on its heritage and its role in America's history," said Diane Duren, executive vice president and Corporate Secretary.

"Two of the most recognizable national brands from the state of Nebraska are the Huskers and Union Pacific. Today is a great day for those two brands to come together and celebrate the support that our great university and a great company have received from Nebraska communities for more than a century," said Jim Rose, director - Major Gifts, Huskers Athletic Fund.

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