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June 1, 1989

Harriman Dispatching Center Opens

Originally a freight depot — and the site where Union Pacific was sold out of receivership in 1897 — the Harriman Center is the heart of train operations. Each day, it coordinates movement of more than 800 trains over more than 32,000 route miles. More than 750 people are employed at the facility, including those in “The Bunker” who monitor every switch and signal track on UP’s lines. The 1989 opening effectively centralized operations for the railroad, bringing together 10 regional dispatching centers from around the country.

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