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Union Pacific Railroad - statistics & facts

In the 2020 financial year, Union Pacific Railroad's operating revenue amounted to over 19.5 billion U.S. dollars, a 10 percent slump compared to 2019 results. Founded on July 1, 1862 under the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862, the railroad had become one of the largest transportation companies in the world.

Union Pacific’s financial results drop due to the pandemic

Over 93 percent of the company’s operating earnings came from freight revenue, which amounted to over 18.2 billion U.S. dollars. Union Pacific’s freight traffic included agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, industrial products and intermodal freight. 2020 figures recorded a drop of around two billion dollars in freight revenue. Union Pacific’s carloads also fell from 8.3 million to 7.7 million, which was partially attributed to the economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The health crisis contributed to lower demand for customer goods and lower crude oil and natural gas prices which negatively impacted Union Pacific’s activities. The core pricing of grains partially offset this decline. While the company’s financial results dipped, its operating ratio also decreased to 59.9 percent. In 2020, Union Pacific employed close to 37,500 people, and reported a diverse rail equipment. It included over 52,900 freight cars and around 7,600 locomotives with an average age varying from 21.6 to 41.1 years.

One of the global railway and freight leaders

Union Pacific was one of the leading North American railway companies both based on revenue and carloads. The company ranked second, behind its main competitor BNSF Railway, which earned over 19 billion in freight revenue in 2020. Together, the two railroad companies held the majority of the North American railway freight market. In 2019, Union Pacific was one of the leading freight transportation companies worldwide. It ranked eleventh, behind the China-based COSCO Group and BNSF Railway. It was also the world’s largest railway company, worth over 108 billion U.S. dollars in market value. The company operated in 23 states in the western part of the United States, connecting with Canada’s rail system and Mexico’s six major gateways.

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