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Union PacificThe Reconfiguration: America's Greatest Railroad from 1969 to the Present$
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Maury Klein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195369892.001.0001

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The Operation

The Operation

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(p.165) 12 The Operation
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Union Pacific
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Maury Klein

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195369892.003.0014

This chapter describes the operation of Union Pacific Railroad following its merger with Western Pacific Railroad and Missouri Pacific Railroad. No railroad in America traversed a more varied or challenging landscape than Union Pacific. Its trains braved the ferocious Wyoming winters and the stifling desert heat of Nevada, crossed the Rocky, Wasatch, and Blue mountains as well as the Continental Divide and the flatlands of the Great Plains. The addition of Western Pacific and Missouri Pacific extended Union Pacific's reach to the Sierras, the Gulf Coast, and the barren steppes of West Texas, where temperatures ranged from 120 degrees above to 40 degrees below zero. Aside from the merger, Union Pacific had to take into consideration three other major factors: deregulation, a severe recession, and a wholesale transition in its own management.

Keywords:   merger, Union Pacific Railroad, Western Pacific Railroad, Missouri Pacific Railroad, deregulation, recession, management

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