Wayne, Ill., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Wayne received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Wayne's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Wayne as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Adrian Guerrero, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Illinois. "Union Pacific has been part of the country's fabric throughout the railroad's 150-year history. That bond between us and the nearly 7,300 communities we serve continues to strengthen.
"Our shared heritage with Wayne is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The Galena and Chicago Union Railway, a forerunner of the Chicago & North Western (C&NW), completed a rail line through Wayne in 1849. Union Pacific merged with the C&NW in 1995.