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Special Union Pacific Train Highlights Safety

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Union Pacific Railroad safety officials were in Sheldon Tuesday, and gave invited guests and media representatives a ride on a special passenger train to educate them on grade crossing and pedestrian safety.

Leaving from the former Joyce’s parking lot, the train left at 10:30 AM to go to Ashton and back, and at 1:30 PM to go to Hospers and back.

KIWA’s Jessica DeBoer took a ride with Union Pacific, riding in the cab of the locomotive.

In an effort to educate the public about grade crossing and pedestrian safety, UP established the Union Pacific’s Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety (UP CARES) program. Union Pacific is committed to public safety through various outreach channels such as community events, media, Union Pacific Railroad police, employee resource groups and Operation Lifesaver.  The UP CARES public safety initiative brings together communities in a collaborative and caring effort to promote railroad grade crossing and pedestrian safety.

UP CARES activities include:
•       Grade crossing enforcement with local, county and state law enforcement agencies;
•       Safety trains that provide local officials a firsthand look at what locomotive engineers see daily while they operate trains through a community and
•       Communication blitzes that educate the community at events or media outreach.

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