Union Pacific Railroad Accidents
About Union Pacific
The Union Pacific Railroad is the largest in the United States—operating almost 32,000 track miles and employing almost 45,000 individuals. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, the railroad company operates tracks in 23 different states west of the Mississippi and has negotiated deals with other railroad companies to operate their own trains with their own employees on competing railroads' main tracks.
Union Pacific was first incorporated in 1862, under the Congress-mandated Pacific Railroad Act which provided for the construction of railroads from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean as a means to protect the states' Union during war. During the 1880s, the company went through several bankruptcies and title changes; however, in 1897, the company returned to its original Union Pacific Railroad name.
Today, Union Pacific owns and operates tracks in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon and Tennessee. In order to manage its vast infrastructure, Union Pacific is divided into 21 "service units," each of which are divided into subdivisions that cover units as large as 300 mile mainlines to 10 mile branch lines.