Published on : Thursday, September 11, 2014
The city received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jack Koraleski during a presentation onboard Union Pacific’s special passenger train that was parked near the railroad depot in Altoona.
Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2012.
“We are proud to recognize Altoona as we celebrate our growing up together,” said Wes Lujan, Union Pacific’s assistant vice president, Public Affairs for Minnesota and Wisconsin. “Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west.
Our shared heritage with Altoona 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 Altoona was built by the West Wisconsin Railway in 1870. In 1878, the West Wisconsin Railway was acquired by the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway and in 1882, the Chicago and North Western gained control of the line.
The second main line in Altoona was built in 1911. The C&NW was merged into the Union Pacific in 1995.
Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities in 23 states, covering 32,000 miles.
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