San Luis Obispo, Calif., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration. The city received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young today in a presentation at the Central Coast Railroad Festival.
"We are proud to recognize San Luis Obispo as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Liisa Stark, Union Pacific Director - Public Affairs. "The bond between our railroad and early settlements continues to strengthen and grow. Today, Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities where we live, where our children grow up together and where we recruit our employees.
"Our shared heritage with San Luis Obispo is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The railroad has been part of the San Luis Obispo community since the 1880s with the Pacific Coast Railway and the Southern Pacific Railroad. Today the San Luis Obispo area is an important part of Union Pacific's business in the Central Coast region. Union Pacific serves a number of customers in the area and provides the infrastructure for passenger operations. From agricultural products to construction materials, finished automobiles to consumer electronics, Union Pacific delivers the products American's use every day.