UP-Missouri Pacific-Western Pacific Merger Passes
Union Pacific saw attractive partnership opportunities in the Missouri Pacific, which served the South Central states and the Gulf Coast, and the Western Pacific, which connected Salt Lake City with northern California. The MP’s north-south routes complemented UP’s east-west rails. MP’s nearly 12,000 miles of track actually made it larger than the UP system. The merger was challenged by many of the railroads that served the western U.S., but eventually was approved by the ICC two years after application. The resulting rail network made UP the third-largest system in the nation.