Dec. 29, 2006
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Preparations Under Way for Winter Storm
With another round of heavy snow forecast for Colorado, Wyoming and western Nebraska, Union Pacific began blizzard preparations Wednesday. Another one to two feet of snow is forecast to fall in some of the same areas paralyzed by a severe winter storm before Christmas.
Forecasts called for heavy snow to begin falling across portions of New Mexico and Colorado Thursday night into Friday evening before spreading northeast into southeastern Wyoming, western Nebraska, northwestern Kansas and southwestern South Dakota. The storm is expected to continue moving to the northeast on Saturday afternoon into Monday.
UP's winter weather plans for the affected areas:
Extra personnel are on duty at the Harriman Dispatching Center to coordinate storm response.
North Platte is on elevated status, with all managers on standby.
"Blizzard buses" – specially outfitted cabooses – are in position at South Morrill, North Platte, Cheyenne and Green River to help transport crews. All sets will have double-ended power.
The diner car is available at Denver for crew transport.
Trains will be operated over the Yoder Subdivision every four hours to plow snow and keep the route open.
Maintenance of Way crews are stationed at Egbert to assist with lining trains to the Yoder.
No trains are being drug out or held in the storm-affected areas.
A jet engine is in place at the Denver yard to blow snow from switches.
Equipment has been stationed at various locations to handle snow removal.
Systemwide, Union Pacific's operating plan for the New Year's holiday weekend calls for thru-freight trains to operate normally through the holiday period. Reduced yard and local assignments will occur based on customer needs, coupled with traffic demand and availability. Union Pacific will continue normal delivery and acceptance of interchange trains.