From OBP.org: Union Pacific Railroad Celebrates 150 Years
The Union Pacific Railroad Co. celebrated its 150th birthday at Union Station in Portland on Friday.
Inside the station, booths displayed model trains and vintage prints,
alongside brochures for modern, high-speed bullet trains. Mayor Sam
Adams says Union Pacific is still crucial to Oregon’s economy.
"In the last five years, this company has invested a half a billion
dollars in its systems throughout Oregon. There are very few companies
that have invested that much in improving their competitiveness in
Oregon," Adams says.
Scott Moore with Union Pacific focused on the future of rail in Oregon. He says trains were "green" before it was trendy.
"It's interesting how 18th century technology of steel rail on steel
wheel is the most environmentally friendly, and most efficient way to
move freight, so we think our future is very bright," Moore says.
The Union Pacific Railroad company was formed when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway act in July of 1862.