Nebraska has somewhat of an identity crisis when it comes to our license plates. Toying over the years with the outline of the state, stark generic block letters and numbers, icons such as the state capital, chimney rock, covered wagons the Goldenrod and the Meadowlark, our license plates are in a seemingly constant state of flux.
You might remember the minor scandal a couple of years ago when three designs were put up to a public vote. The folks over at CollegeHumor.com rallied the vote for the ugliest plate on offer, a fact that the Nebraska DMV vehemently denied. That is, until they quietly began production of the second-highest vote-getting plate.
Now, we find that Union Pacific has lobbied for a specialty plate bearing the image of a locomotive. With nearly 8,000 UP employees and a payroll of more than $800 million, 1,068 miles of track and a recent announcement of an investment of $1 billion in infrastructure, Nebraska should be proud to help celebrate UP's 150th anniversary with this license plate.
Omaha, Neb., February 17, 2012 – In conjunction with Union Pacific Railroad's 150th anniversary this year, the Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum is sponsoring a specialty license plate for Nebraska residents.
"The Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum Board and all who work or volunteer at the museum are proud to be a part of Union Pacific's 150th anniversary celebration, " said Carl Heinrich, Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum Board President. "Union Pacific is integral to America's history, providing the connection from east to west that helped build this great nation. The Friends organization is passionate about preserving the railroad's legacy and tell Union Pacific's story to thousands of visitors each year."
The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin producing the specialty plates once 500 applications are submitted. The plates cannot be personalized and cost $70.
Union Pacific employees are being offered the opportunity to purchase the specialty plates starting February 17 through February 29, 2012. Once the 500 applications have been submitted to the DMV, the UP specialty plates will be offered on the DMV website.
About Union Pacific
It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, today, Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service.
North Platte's Railroad Ties
As home to Union Pacific's Bailey Yard, the largest railroad classification yard in the world, North Platte has a long association with the Union Pacific Railroad and has always been known as a railroad town. The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, an 8-story tower that overlooks the yard operation, the Cody Park Railroad Display that exhibits a 6900 series Diesel Locomotive and the only Challenger Steam Engine on static public display and the North Platte Rail Fest held in North Platte annually in September are examples of how North Platte celebrates its railroad heritage. Make plans to visit North Platte to see for yourself what makes North Platte Rail Town USA.