OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As America prepares for the country's first total solar eclipse in 38 years, Union Pacific urges sky watchers to steer clear of railroad tracks. The open sky above railroad property may appear enticing, but being on or near railroad tracks is a dangerous and illegal activity.
Union Pacific counts many miles of freight rail lines within the eclipse's viewing path. Hauling the freight American families and businesses use daily is a 24/7 job, so Union Pacific does not plan to alter operations or train schedules August 21, the day of the eclipse. Those seeking the best view should not walk on or alongside railroad tracks or congregate near tracks, and should cross only at designated railroad crossings.
A fully loaded freight train travelling 50 miles per hour can take more than a mile to come to a complete stop, making it nearly impossible to avoid colliding with an individual, group or vehicle in its path. Many rail cars overhang up to six feet beyond the rails, making it a risky area, as well.
"During Union Pacific's proud 155 years of existence, 15 total eclipse events have transpired in the continental United States," said Rod Doerr, Union Pacific vice president - Safety. "For those looking to participate in this historic event, please do so safely and stay away from railroad tracks."
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Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. In the last 10 years, 2007-2016, Union Pacific invested approximately $34 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.
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