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Union Pacific to reopen Pine Bluff locomotive shop
By | April 18, 2022

Arkansas facility had been closed as part of 2019 layoffs



Union Pacific logo with Building America slogan
PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Union Pacific is recalling furloughed workers to reopen its locomotive shop in Pine Bluff, Ark., the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
UP spokesman Mike Jaixen told the newspaper that he did not have information on the number of workers being recalled, but noted that open positions in Pine Bluff include boilermakers, electricians, mechanics, and welders. A list is available at the UP jobs website.
The railroad announced closure of the Pine Bluff shop in February 2019 as part of layoffs that affected about 700 employees [see “Union Pacific announces another round of layoffs …,” Trains News Wire, Feb. 13, 2019].
Allison Thompson, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County, which includes Pine Bluff, told the newspaper, “From a community perspective, we’re very excited.” Under the railroad’s move to principles of Precision Scheduled Railroading, she said, “Our company noticed a reduction in service. We heard a number of complaints.”
 
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Mr Arly, wondering if you or anyone. know anything about the dozens of abondoned rail cars between watton and kenton off of M28? Seems like they have been there for decades.
 
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Mr Arly, wondering if you or anyone. know anything about the dozens of abondoned rail cars between watton and kenton off of M28? Seems like they have been there for decades.
Seems like I read somewhere that in the 60's or 70's there was a car shortage so the tax structure was changed to promote private companies to build there own rolling stock and many did just that. Cars seen with a X in there numerals are own by some private firm, not a RR. Soon a excess of cars were made which today are seen on sidings.
 
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It's actually in Covington, I suggest not to try and take pictures while driving.
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Mr Arly, wondering if you or anyone. know anything about the dozens of abondoned rail cars between watton and kenton off of M28? Seems like they have been there for decades.
Wow. I had to google earth that. It's about 5 miles of cars as the crow flies.
 
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Dont Railroad companies also lease unused track space to others to store rail cars?
 
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Dont Railroad companies also lease unused track space to others to store rail cars?
Yes.

The South Shore has a couple miles of siding in South Bend behind the old Bendix plant that has several hundred cars sitting there for years at a time. Then they'll be gone for a few months. Then they're back.
 
 
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