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Union Pacific Railroad - average train speed 2013-2019

In 2019, Union Pacific's trains reached an average speed of just over 25 miles per hour. The average speed is influenced by network fluidity.

Union Pacific as a market leader

As of May 2020, the U.S. railway company was ranked the largest in the world at a market value of just over 100 billion U.S. dollars. The company initiated a program to repurchase its own shares in 2010. As a result, the number of shares outstanding declined to 650 million in the 2019 fiscal year and Union Pacific's earnings per share increased to 8.38 U.S. dollars.

Freight revenue in North America

With the longest rail network in the world, the U.S. capitalizes on its railway by transporting commodities such as agricultural and intermodal products across its rail routes. In the 2019 fiscal year, Union Pacific reported that premium commodities (comprising intermodal commodities, among other things) contributed the most to freight revenue. Revenue streams for Canadian National Railway in the same year reveal that intermodal commodities and agriculture were among the commodities that boasted the highest freight revenue.

Union Pacific's average train speed from FY 2013 to FY 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

FY 2013 to FY 2019

Special properties

fiscal year ends December 31

Supplementary notes

According to the source, the average train speed is calculated by dividing the train miles by the hours transported on the main lines between terminals.
Figures prior to 2017 were taken from previous annual reports..

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