Around The Railroad
Storm Dumps Snow, Ice Across System
A rotary snowplow cleared the main line following a Dec. 31 snowstorm that dumped several inches of ice and more than 2 feet of snow across Kansas and Nebraska, with drifts of up to 8 feet. Snow also fell in other areas across the Midwest, including Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa and Minnesota.
During the storm, power lines were reported down across the tracks in several areas. As of Tuesday, power was still out in a 600-mile area stretching from Lexington to Grand Island, Neb., and from Norfolk, Neb., to the Kansas state line. Generators were in place along the storm route.
The Columbus and Marysville subdivisions were open before noon on Dec. 31, and the Limon and Sharon Springs subdivisions were open at noon Jan. 1, thanks to the heroic efforts of the many employees who fought the storms thoughout the New Year's holiday and who are still dealing with the aftermath.
"Employees responded to this weather crisis in the familiar 'UP get-the-job-done fashion,'" said Steve Barkley, vice president-Harriman Dispatching Center and network operations.
For more information on the storm's impact, see Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales Jack Koraleski's customer letter on the UP Web site.
A power line down 20 miles south of Kearney at Axtell, Neb.