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December 12, 2010

Union Pacific business train at Spring, Texas

An 8 car UP passenger special kicks up the dust as it departs Spring, TX on April 1, 1983

The Union Pacific / Missouri Pacific / Western Pacific merger became effective on Jan. 1, 1983, culminating a process that had begun nearly 3 years before.

Dozens of special passenger trains were operated during, and after the merger process in order to allow operating officials to review the properties and monitor progress as the railroads were consolidated.

Three months to the day after the merger was official, UP 3164 and 3168 are about to pass under the I-45 overpass in Spring, Texas with an 8 car passenger special.

The train has just cleared Spring Junction less than a mile back and the engineer isn’t wasting any time in accelerating his train up to track speed.

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