Published on : Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Coal City, Ill., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific’s Train Town USA Registry as part of Union Pacific’s ongoing efforts to highlight cities with a historical connection to the railroad. The city received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young in a special presentation at the Coal City Village Hall. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2012.
“We are proud to recognize Coal City as we celebrate our growing up together,” said Adrian Guerrero, director, Public Affairs – Illinois. “Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west. Our shared heritage with Coal City is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day.”
The rail line in Coal City was built by the Chicago & Alton Railroad in 1880. The Illinois Central Gulf sold the line to the Chicago, Missouri & Western Railroad in 1987. The Chicago, Missouri & Western was purchased by SPCSL Corporation – a separate corporation of Southern Pacific – in 1989. Southern Pacific merged with Union Pacific in 1996.Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities in 23 states west of Illinois, covering 32,000 miles