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Here   we take a look at the Union Pacific Railroad as it  was before it gobbled up many of its Class One neighbors,such as Missouri Pacific,Western Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas and others. This is the Union Pacific  as Uncle Pete  intended it to be.

This is the railroad that, together with the Central Pacific (later Southern Pacific's Overland Route) that linked east with west  with the completion of the Pacific Railroad at Promontory,Utah  on May 10,1869. As part of its centennial celebration, the Union Pacific purchased  a custom built class of twin engined diesel freight locomotives called Centennials aka EMD model DDA40X, thus continuing the railroad's tradition of pioneering in innovative motive  power.  Measuring 98 feet between couplers and packing 6600 hp per  unit, these locomotives  were the most powerful road diesels in the world  and   allowed the Union   Pacific to reduce the number of  units required on a  train. The Centennial locomotive was typical of the big power  diesels that Motive Power Superintendent Dave Neuhart was fond of putting on the road to  replace the fuel guzzling gas turbines, which were the only jet powered locomotives in use   on  a major  US railroad, or for that matter any railroad  anywhere. Only  6936 remains on the Union Pacific roster today. This locomotive is primarily  used on special passenger trains as are the E9s, though it still can be used on freight as needed.Prior   to absorbing Western Pacific and Missouri  Pacific in 1982-83, the Union Pacific was  essentially a 10,000 mile railroad serving much of the American  West. Major terminals were located at  Omaha-Council Bluffs, North Platte (home of the world's largest classification yard, Bailey  Yard), Cheyenne, Pocatello, Boise, Salt  Lake City,  and Los Angeles. As illustrated by the  sample   freight  schedules to be shown, Union Pacific was and is truly  a   fast   freight railroad that  puts plenty of power to get its trains over the road  fast.  Other railroads may have made that same claim, but few have  lived it quite like Union Pacific has. 
OPERATIONAL SET UP
The pre merger Union Pacific was set up into three operating districts: Eastern ,Northwestern,  and South Central as follows:
Eastern District consisting of the following:
Kansas Division,    1390.22 miles
Nebraska Division, 1497.70 miles
Wyoming Division,  930.29 miles
Total Eastern District:3818.21 miles
B.Northwestern District
1.Idaho Division,   2169.9 miles
2.Oregon Division,1824.8 miles
Total Northwestern District:3994.7 miles
C.South Central District
1.Utah Division, 1021.0 miles
2.California Division,429.3 miles
Total South Central District: 1450.3 miles
Total Northwestern District  3994.7 miles
Total Eastern District,         3818.21 miles
Total Union Pacific Railroad: 9263.21 miles
1976 ROAD DIESEL FLEET MAKE UP
EMD     DD35        5000 hp             70-98B             29 units
EMD     GP7         1500 hp           100-129              30 units
EMD     GP9         1750 hp           130-349B          220 unts
EMD     SD24        2400 hp          400-448               49 units
EMD     SD7          1500 hp          450-459               10 units
EMD     GP20        2000 hp          470-499               30 units, some GP9Ms
EMD     GP30        2250 hp          700-739B             40 units
EMD     GP35        2500 hp          740-763               24 units
EMD     GP30        2250 hp          800-875               76 units
EMD     SDP35      2500 hp         1400-1409            10 units
EMD     GP38-2     2000 hp         2000-2059             60 units
GE        U30C        3000 hp         2810-2924          115 units
EMD     SD40         3000 hp        3000-3101           101 units
EMD     SD40-2     3000 hp         3102-3307            205 units
EMD     SD45        3600 hp         3600-3649             50 units
GE       U50C        5000 hp         5000-5039              40 units
EMD   DDA40X      6600 hp        6900-6946               47 units
EMD   SD40-2       3000 hp        8000-8064                65 units, high speed gearing.

Sample 1984 UP Freight Schedules
Here are a few sample freight train schedules from a book in my collection giving the train symbol,schedule,how train was to be made up, blocking, tonnage to be handled and hp per ton.  We start with LAWST  AKA The Wood Street Falcon Piggyback   train.
Lv North Platte              1330       Day 0     UP
By Graisland                  1415       Day 0     UP
TM Fremont                    1730       Day 0 Train delivered to CNW
Or  Fremont                     1930      Day 0    CNW
Ar Boone                          2325     Day 0    CNW
Lv Boone                         2330     Day 0     CNW
Tm Wood Street             2000     Day 1     CNW
Receive connections from LAXM   Same Day
Tonnage: 3500 3 hp/ton
Blocking:
1.CAM
2.N3T/N3E(Wood Street TOFC, incl. empties)
3.P4T/P5T and P6T  CR TOFC
Train delivered to CNW at Fremont.                     
Table 2. LAX Manifest Los Angeles to  North Platte
Lv Los Angeles               0400   Day 0  UP
Ar Yermo,CA                    0900   Day 0
Lv Yermo,CA                   0905   Day 0
Ar  Las Vegas,NV           1245   Day 0
Lv Las Vegas,NV            1400  Day 0                 Blocks
Ar Milford,UT                    1935  Day 0              1. Cab
Lv Milford,UT                   1940  Day 0               2.4ST SLC TOFC
Ar Sallak                            0001 Day 1                3.3DT Denver Pigs
Lv Sallak                            0100 Day 1               4.NP&Beyond
By Bridge Jct.                  0210 Day 1               TOFC&Autos
By Ogden Switch           0220 Day 1
Ar Green River,WY         0625   Day1
Lv Green River,WY        0630  Day 1              Tonnage
Ar Rawlins                       0915  Day 1          3500 LA to NP
LvRawlins                        0930 Day 1           4200 NP to Fremont
By Laramie                      1130 Day 1            HP/Ton 4 LA to NP
Ar Cheyenne                   1330 Day 1                      2.5 NP  to Fre.
Lv Cheyenne                  1335 Day1
TM North  Platte,NE      1800 Day1
Sallak 4ST Block to Ramp
3DT Block for SDX Same Day  .Term Pigs  refers to TOFC.
Table 3. TC3. Buffalo,NY to North Platte,NE
Lv Buffalo,NY...................0900........Day 0   N&W
Ar Bellevue,OH................2000........Day 0   N&W
LvBellevue,OH................0300........Day 1   N&W
Ar Decatur,IL...................1800.........Day1   N&W
Lv Decatur,IL...................0001........Day2   N&W
Ar Moberly,MO.................0930........Day2   N&W
LvMoberly,MO.................1000........Day2   N&W
TM Kansas City,KS........1400........Day2   N&W
IR  Kansas City,KS.........1530.......Day 2
Or Kansas City,KS..........1630......Day  2    UP
By KAW Jct.......................1635      Day 2     UP
By  Menoken.....................1830      Day 2    UP
Ar  Marysville,KS.............2100       Day 2    UP
Lv Marysville,KS.............2105        Day 2   UP
By Gibbon,NE..................0120        Day 3   UP
TM North Platte,NE.........0430        Day 3   UP
At Kansas City: Train delivered to UP with N&W crew.
Blocks:
1.Cab
2.NP and Beyond
3.KC shorts
4.NP Beyond CLA
Table 4. Advance North Coast Forwarder
Or North Platte,NE..................0200                  Tonnage:4000
Ar Cheyenne,WY.....................0655                  2 HP/ton
Lv Cheyenne,WY....................0700               Blocks Out
Ar Laramie................................0900               1. Cab
Lv Laramie...............................0930                2. 6H (Hinkle)
Ar Rawlins...............................1150                3. 5N (Nampa)
Lv Rawlins...............................1210               4. 3R  (Rawlins)
Ar Green River........................1455               5. 3L   (Laramie)
Lv Green River.......................1500           Laramie: Set Out
By Granger.............................1600          Laramie Block;Pick Up
Ar Pocatello,ID.......................2100          Hinkle Loads from DAS.
Lv Pocatello,ID......................2130          Blocks out of Laramie:
By Glenns Ferry....................0100          1.Cab
Ar  Nampa..............................0300            2.6H Hinkle
Lv Nampa..............................0330            3.5N Nampa
By Huntington,OR..............0530             4.3R Rawlins
Ar  LaGrande........................0930             5.6H Hinkle
Tm Hinkle..............................1400
Rawlins: Set out Rawlins Block
Green River: Pick Up Hinkle and  beyond
Nampa: Set  out  Nampa block.