June 23, 1995

Chicago & North Western Acquisition Complete

The Chicago & North Western was the first railroad to connect with Union Pacific at Council Bluffs in 1867. Their joint history continued in 1984 when the railroads partnered to open a connector line and rebuild C&NW lines to the coal fields in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. When UP received ICC approval to acquire the railroad, it gained access to the C&NW’s north-south lines from Duluth to Kansas City, as well as C&NW's east-west line from Omaha to Chicago — a route originally constructed more than 125 years earlier.

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A dozen years after Union Pacific operated the first train over the newly constructed connector line, the 50,000th coal train operated out of Wyoming's Powder River Basin on December 28, 1995.

In 2012, Union Pacific celebrates the shared stories that have shaped our country since 1862. To mark our 150th anniversary, we invite you to explore how the nation’s largest railroad came to be and how UP continues to build America with innovation and tenacity, touching the lives of nearly every citizen.