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Columbus, Neb., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

Columbus, Neb., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

Columbus received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Columbus' historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at

"We are proud to recognize Columbus as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Diane Duren, Union Pacific executive vice president.  "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 Columbus is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."

The main line through Columbus was constructed by Union Pacific in 1866. The second main line track in the downtown area was built in 1910.

Today, more than 50 trains per day travel on the rail line through Columbus. Virtually every commodity crosses Union Pacific's Nebraska rails, with low-sulfur Wyoming coal and transcontinental import containers being the dominant freight. The primary freight originating in Nebraska is grain.