Union Pacific Railroad joined the community of Boise today to celebrate its 150th anniversary with the second and final stop of the UP 150 Express in the 'gem state' at the grand Union Pacific Depot in Boise. The stars of the event, Union Pacific's three Streamliner locomotives, were stationed just outside the depot as Union Pacific celebrated its long connection to Boise and the state of Idaho with Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise Mayor David Bieter present for a ceremony recognizing Boise as an official member of Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry.
"The city of Boise has been a part of the railroad since the 1880's," said Scott Moore, vice president, public affairs – west, Union Pacific. "Union Pacific is proud to be a part of the great Boise community and we are enthusiastic about our ongoing connection to the state of Idaho."
Union Pacific's 150th anniversary community celebration gave Boise residents an inside look at the railroad of the past and future with the E-9's leading the way. Children and their families boarded Union Pacific's mini train and thousands of Boise residents toured Union Pacific's just- launched Promontory baggage car that has been transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling museum. The traveling exhibit in the baggage car closely replicates the full-scale "Building America" exhibit that opened May 12 at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The traveling exhibit takes visitors back in time using the latest interactive touch screen technology to illustrate how Union Pacific supported communities as they were established along the way as the transcontinental railroad was built. The interactive experience culminates with the modern Union Pacific Railroad, which transports goods American businesses and consumers use every day.