The crowd inside New York City’s famous Carnegie Hall sits in hushed anticipation. Inside the jewel box of a performance space, two dozen musicians wait their turn to step onto the stage, sit at a gleaming black grand piano, and dazzle the audience with a piece of original music. Among the performers is someone you may not expect to see: Attila Gibson, a Union Pacific foreman general in the West Colton, California, locomotive shop.
Standing out like Easter eggs in a nest of the boarded-up buildings and abandoned homes that crowd Houston's Lombardy Street are three pastel-purple houses that provide hope for homeless families struggling to get by.
More than a dozen horses, donkeys and dogs live at the end of a winding dirt and gravel driveway in Glenwood, Iowa. They are well cared for now, but all have at some point been severely neglected or abused. Once nursed back to health some will be adopted. Others, too traumatized from years of abuse and in need of round-the-clock care, will live out the rest of their lives on a peaceful 10-acre animal sanctuary called Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland.
With a police escort, a large Union Pacific truck rolled slowly through downtown Omaha, Nebraska, hauling a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce Nov. 16. Delivering Omaha’s Official Christmas Tree to the Durham Museum, formerly known as Omaha’s Union Station, is a special tradition that began more than 75 years ago.
They say if a referee in a basketball game is doing his job well, you won't even know he's there.
The same can be said of a bridge. We cross them every day on our way to work or school or home. We will cross literally dozens, maybe even hundreds of bridges when trekking cross country on that annual family vacation. If those bridges are doing their jobs right, we'll never think twice about them, except to stare in awe at the big ones we admire from afar, and while we cross them, looking down at the water below.
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Business is booming in Texas.
Few natural disasters are more devastating than a flood.
On a warm and sunny Saturday in late July, the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove, California, is humming with the sound of basketballs – dozens and dozens of them – bouncing off the polished hardwood floors. There’s a tournament here today, and teams of young boys and girls from all over the state have come to compete in this weekend’s event.
With the help of his aide, six-year-old Rocco inches closer to the edge of the tracks at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City.
Despite its name, the Battle of Picacho Pass was more like a skirmish. Still, more than 4,000 visitors and 200 Civil War re-enactors travel to the site in Arizona each year to learn about and re-live its history. It is said to be the site of the westernmost battle of the Civil War.
Mayor Beth Bauman started the South St. Paul Mayor's Youth Task Force with a specific mission: reduce underage drinking and smoking. Just seven years later, that mission has been accomplished.
Local elected officials, community representatives and first responders learned about and discussed emergency response, training programs for first responders and technology at the railroad during recent Hazardous Materials Safety Days at two Union Pacific yards.
Often the working poor and elderly living in Mesa, Arizona, are forced to choose between buying groceries and paying their utility bills. By June, it's already a blistering 111 degrees in Mesa.
It was a dirty job, but someone had to do it, and a small but mighty team of eight from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum and Union Pacific answered the call May 12 as part of Clean Sweep Council Bluffs, Iowa. The clock was ticking; the team had 90 minutes to scour their assigned stretch of highway in search of litter and roadside trash as part of the annual clean-up that kicked off a weeklong "Celebrate CB" calendar of events. Council Bluffs is the site of milepost 0.0, the starting point of the transcontinental railroad and Union Pacific.
Like an oasis among the warehouses that crowd the dusty streets of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, sits Penny's Diner. The tiny restaurant, right next door to the Oak Tree Inn, was designed to look like a relic out of the '50s, though it opened just over a year ago.
Like many teenagers, Hauwa Muibi didn't know what she might eventually do for a living, or even what she'd major in when she went to college. She loved math, and after reading some course catalogs, decided Computer Engineering sounded interesting. With her parents' blessing, 15-year-old Hauwa traveled more than 5,800 miles from Lagos, Nigeria, to Wilberforce University in Ohio to study.
"Come on and walk with me," Union Pacific Hazardous Materials Manager Michael Villa-Real said to the crowd of news media gathered next to a small fleet of high-tech equipment assembled outside the California State Railroad Museum. "This equipment is all part of our recovery mission."
To celebrate a 21st birthday, some people head to Las Vegas. Ben Salo marked the occasion by doing something very different. As a volunteer firefighter in Central Sacramento Valley, he ended up battling the hottest house fire he’d ever encountered.
For Union Pacific's intermodal team at Yard Center in Dolton, Illinois, helping local charities is about supporting a community.