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       North lit tle rock • PiNe BlUFF • kANSAS cit Y

                                    A Union Pacific Newsletter | March 2008

                                                                                               These railroaders from Jenks Shop in North Little Rock
                                                                                               traveled to Clinton, Ark., to help clear debris from the
                                                                                               roadside including Adam Sims, electrician, kneeling
                                                                                               left; Buddy Danner, machinist; Ricky Gartner, sheetmetal
                                                                                               worker; Gary Rumpf, electrician, standing left; Tony
                                                                                               Reasons, machinist; Shane Rice, electrician; Jerry
                                                                                               Dynek, machinist; Tony Apicella, machinist; Danny Hay,
                                                                                               machinist; John Ingram; Gayle Ingram, occupational
                                                                                               health nurse; and Brooks Spoon, electrician. Not
                                                                                               pictured: Chris Bennett, F&O; Burt Wilson, machinist
                                                                                               helper; and Lloyd McCray, sheetmetal worker.

                                                                                               The Feb. 5 tornado that tore through Clinton, Ark., left
                                                                                               many demolished homes, business and trees in its

Twister Assistance
                                                                                               123-mile path.

     If you’ve never seen the damage a            The tornado occurred Feb. 5 and origi-          Prior to heading to Clinton with other
tornado can do, visit Clinton, Ark., and     nated in Atkins, Ark., and was on the ground    railroaders, Gartner and his wife, Lana,
witness it firsthand. Or, you can ask one    123 miles to the northeast. It demolished       drove up Feb. 11, and he ran his chain saw
of the many Jenks Shop employees who         countless homes, businesses and other           almost non-stop three hours. Upon return-
went there Feb. 19, to lend a hand to the    structures in its path in addition to uproot-   ing to work the next day, Gartner learned
community.                                   ing trees and causing living nightmares for     that Tony Reasons, machinist, had been
     “Trees were laid down everywhere        many Clinton residents. It also claimed 13      there as well.
like a bunch of toothpicks, and with all     lives.                                               “Tony and I got to talking about what
the rubble and debris scattered all over,         “Words can’t describe it,” said Ricky      we’d seen up there, and we wanted to see
it looked like a trash dump,” said Tony      Gartner, sheetmetal worker at Jenks. “It        if anyone else could or would be willing to
Apicella, machinist. “It was terrible, but   was the most overwhelming thing I’ve ever       help,” Gartner said.
we were glad to be able to help.”            seen in my life.”                                                                Continued on page 10.

                                          Steve Sparr Retirement Note

                                                As a young railroad employee, I nev-     guess we all want to leave a legacy, and
                                          er thought the decision to “pull the pin”      I would hope that is mine.
                                          and retire would be a difficult one. After          As I move on, many things come to
                                          43 years on the railroad, I’ve learned that    mind about which I am passionate and
                                          it is a tough decision, but one that I’ve      would like to emphasize, such as prevent-
                                          made, effective April 25.                      ing injuries, developing others, improv-
                                                It has been an honor knowing and         ing the product we provide to customers
                                          working with so many excellent and             and fostering employee empowerment.
                                          talented people In North Little Rock,          Please do what you can to make a positive
                                          Pine Bluff, Kansas City and Roseville.         difference in your work environment.
                                          I have learned so much from so many                 I wish everyone success in their lives.
                                          people, and I am eternally grateful to those   For me, the future holds an opportunity
                                          that have supported and mentored me.           to see the grandkids more, catch up on
                                          There has always been someone in place         some long-awaited chores, and ride the
                                          to assist me any time I asked for help.        Harley more often. I have also dusted off
                                                No matter what the job was or where,     my resume, just in case there is a suitable
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                                          my basic goal has been to leave a facility     challenge out there somewhere.
                                          better than it was when I arrived. For the     God bless all of you,                                     With 43 years of railroading under his belt, Steve Sparr,
                                          most part, I can say that has been the case,         Steve Sparr, senior director-System                 senior director-System Locomotive Facility, will retire
                                          thanks to the support provided to me. I                             Locomotive Facility                  April 25, affording him more time to spend with family
                                                                                                                                                   and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

                                                                                         SAFetY SloGAN
                                                                                              “Our goals are set, our vision clear.                coming up with memorable safety phrases.
                                                                                         2008 will be our best year.”                              He met a similar challenge at his former job
                                                                                              In his two years on the railroad,                    at Varco-Pruden Buildings in Pine Bluff,
                                                                                         Brian Case has learned the importance                     where he was active in the safety programs
                                                                                         of working safely, and he came up with                    and accident investigation teams and served
                                                                                         the 2008 safety slogan to help other’s                    as a safety trainer for his co-workers.
                                                                                         remember it, too.                                              “The slogan I came up with there was,
                                                                                              “You’ve just got to maintain situ-                   ‘Safety is job No. 1,’” Case said. “I just sit
                                                                                         ational awareness and know what people                    down with a piece of paper and start writ-
                                                                                         around you are doing,” said Case, a                       ing. Some that I come up with are better
                                                                                         sheetmetal worker. “You’ve got to com-                    than others, but I submit them all.”
                                                                                         municate with everyone to make sure                            For his winning submission, Case re-
                                                                                         people are on the same page.”                             ceived an MP3 player and two banners of
                                                                                              In addition to knowing the critical nature           his slogan were made, one of which hangs
                                                                                         of safe work habits, Case is no stranger to               on the UP locomotive outside Jenks Shop.
                                                                                         Brian Case, sheetmetal worker at Jenks Shop, takes pride in working safely and in thinking up slogans to promote
                                                                                         doing so, such as: “Our goals are set, our vision clear. 2008 will be our best year.”

                                                                                                                                                             LO COMOTIVE NEWS
      While many high school students may flounder about looking for direction,
Jessica Sheldon has found hers, and it’s straight toward home plate.
      Jessica, 17, is a junior at North Little Rock High School and the pitcher for
the Lady Charging Wildcat softball team. According to her father, Jim Sheldon, an
electrician at Jenks Shop, she’s been playing since she was 5. Sheldon’s co-worker,
Bob Broucher, has been her pitching coach since age 9.
      “I wish I would have kept track when they started working together of the hours
spent practicing and improving, but I didn’t know how big this was going to get,”
Sheldon said. “Bob has basically given my daughter a scholarship. She’s not sure
where she wants to go or what she wants to study, but she knows she wants to play

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      For Broucher, who decided to stop playing softball in 1994 after 15 years on a
traveling softball team sponsored by Coors Brewing Company, working with Jessica
and seeing her succeed has been a rewarding opportunity.
      “She makes quite an impression, she’s got a wonderful work ethic and she loves
the game,” Broucher said. “That’s why the opportunity to work with her the past eight Jessica Sheldon, pitcher for the North Little Rock High
years has been such a pleasure.”                                                                       School Lady Charging Wildcats, in action.
      In addition to her high school team, Jessica also has pitched
for numerous select teams and competed in tournaments in
Florida, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Mississippi and other loca-
tions throughout the southeast. This summer, she’ll travel with
the Delta Dynamite Gold team to play in the July 4 Firecracker
Tournament in Colorado, which has been deemed one of the
largest recruiting tournaments in the country.
      “We’re hoping to get more recruitment letters after that, so
Jessica can begin to narrow down where she wants to go for
college,” Sheldon said.
      As of March 10, the Lady Charging Wildcats are 8-0, and
Jessica is 7-0. In 41 innings, she’s given up zero runs, 5 hits and
has struck out 83 batters with her artillery of pitches: Jessica
throws a 63-mph fastball; 62-mph rise ball; a cutter ball that
breaks to the outside; and a screwball that breaks to the inside.
According to Broucher, she’s the only one who throws the raise
      “The umpires, batters and catchers watch it go by, and you
can tell they’re thinking, ‘What the heck was that?’” he said.
      As most anyone would, Jessica enjoys contributing to her
team’s wins, but the best part of the game for her is being able
to play.
      “I love everything about it,” Jessica said. “Practicing,
traveling and competing, and getting to know the girls on my Jessica Sheldon, high school junior and softball pitcher extraordinaire, second from
team. It’s all really fun.”
                                                                    right, stands proudly with her family and coach who provide constant love and support:
                                                                    Jim Sheldon, father, left; Ellie Sheldon, mother; and Bob Broucher, pitching coach.

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                                          Lindstrom Gives Back To The Community

                                                During his nearly 20 years as a volunteer firefighter,
                                          Kevin Lindstrom has endured many difficult situations, but he’s
                                          also witnessed what he considers a miracle.
                                                The group of volunteers of which Lindstrom is a part
                                          answers a variety of calls, from car wrecks and fires to the
                                          occasional cat-stuck-in-a-tree problem. Lindstrom says the
                                          department responds to approximately 800 calls within north
                                          central Platte County each year—of which only 15 percent are
                                          fires—so they’ve seen it all, he says.
                                                Lindstrom, a machinist at the Kansas City Locomotive
                                          Facility, began volunteering with the Central Platte Fire
                                          Protection District in 1987. He became interested in the or-
                                          ganization when a friend told him of it, and he says it’s been a
                                          positive experience.
                                                “Once you get started, you catch the bug, and then you’re
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                                          in it for good,” Lindstrom said. “It’s just my way of serving the
                                          community, helping people and making a difference.”
                                                Each of the 35 volunteers within the fire protection district
                                          wears a pager that goes off when a call comes in to the dispatch
                                          center. If you’re available, Lindstrom says, you respond. He
                                          adds every call is important, so he maintains a hurry-up-and-
                                          get-there mentality, but his heart rate doesn’t shoot through the
                                          roof as it did when he initially joined the department.
                                                “You chill out over the years,” Lindstrom said. “Each call
                                          is a total adrenaline rush at first, but that calms down when you
                                          realize responding to the calls is part of your job, and you’ve
                                          got to do it the best you know how.”
                                                Although Lindstrom and his fellow volunteers encounter
                                          devastating circumstances at times, he cites a call to which he
                                          responded early last year as one of the most memorable and
                                          uplifting incidents from his two-decade fire-fighting career:
                                          When he arrived at the scene—an apartment complex pool with
                                          only three feet of water in it—he saw a person performing CPR
                                          on a 9-year-old girl without a pulse.
                                                “She didn’t regain consciousness until we reached the                         Kevin Lindstrom, machinist at the Kansas City Locomotive Facility and volunteer
                                          hospital, which was a good 10 to 15 miles away,” Lindstrom                          firefighter,

                                                                                                                              said. “We didn’t think she was going to make it because she
                                                                                                                              was down so long. It was simply a miracle.”
                                                                                                                                   Positive outcomes like this and his ability to assist with them
                                                                                                                              are part of what keeps Lindstrom coming back and responding
                                                                                                                              to calls when his pager goes off.
                                                                                                                                   “I enjoy it, so I’ll do it as long as I can,” he said. “As long
                                                                                                                              as the calls keep coming in.”
                                                                                                                                   When he’s not working on the railroad or responding to
                                                                                                                              Platte County emergencies, Lindstrom enjoys spending time
                                                                                                                              with his family, including his wife, Lori, and their three children,
                                                                                                                              Tyler, 17; Mitchell, 15; and Caleb, 2.

                                            This newsletter appears under direction of the shop superintendent. For news coverage, contact Shannon at the newsletter office by phone at 402-475-6397, fax
                                            402-475-6398, mail information to 1845 S. 11th St, Lincoln, NE 68502-2211, or e-mail This material is intended to be an overview of the
                                            news of the shops. If there are any discrepancies between this newsletter and any collective bargaining process, insurance contracts or other official documents,
                                            those documents will govern. UP continues to maintain and reserves the right, at any time, to alter, suspend, discontinue or terminate all plans and programs
                                            described in this newsletter. This newsletter is not an employment contract or any type of employment guarantee.

Accomplishing the

                                                                                                                                                                          LO COMOTIVE NEWS
     By working safely and being diligent, the nearly 300
employees at North Little Rock’s ramp and service track each
contributed to achieving an unprecedented milestone: 365 days
without a reportable injury.
     “Everyone looks out for one another,” said Troy Carrig,
supervisor at both the ramp and the service track. “When they
bring up concerns, we work to address them, which shows that

                                                                                    BIG GIVE
safety is our No. 1 objective.”
     In addition to single enhancements or improvements made
each week or each month, employees know that focusing on
safety and communicating effectively each day is key to main-
taining the safest possible work environment.
                                                            Continued on page 10.   Kansas City’s mobile Community Blood Center awaits donors in the parking lot of
                                                                                    the Kansas City Locomotive Facility March 7.

                                                                                                                                                                          A Union Pacific Newsletter | March 2008
  Groundhog run
        Reminiscent of groundhogs burrowing under-
  ground tunnels and caves, nearly 5,000 people—some of
  which were employees at the Kansas City Locomotive
  Facility—participated in an underground footrace through
  Kansas City’s Hunt Midwest SubTropolis in February.
        Jerry England, supervisor, completed the 5K event and
  says it’s something he’d enjoy doing again, if not only because
  it serves as an annual fund raiser for Children’s Mercy Hospital
  in Kansas City.
        “The course is flat and comfortable, because it’s a
  constant 72 degrees down there,” England said. “It was a
  fun event, and I’m glad I did it.”
        Steve Slattery and Robin Drew-Smith, director-System
  Locomotive Facility III and occupational health nurse at the                      Ralph Krantz, machinist in Kansas City, right, gives a pint of blood March 7 during
  Kansas City Locomotive Facility, respectively, spearheaded
                                                                                    a visit from the Community Blood Center.

  participation throughout the shop: Slattery even paid for                         David McBride, Kansas City machinist, opted to donate blood when the Community
  employees’ entry fees.                                                            Blood Center visited the locomotive facility March 7, along with many of his co-
        “Since there were so many people there, we didn’t think                     workers.
  we’d see each other, but we all met up before the race,”
  England said. “We had a good time.”

  Employees from the Kansas City Locomotive Facility pose for a group photo
  upon completing the 5K Groundhog Run through Kansas City’s Hunt Midwest
  SubTropolis Jan. 27 include Steve Slattery, director-System Locomotive Facility
  III, left; John Melling, sheetmetal worker; Jennifer Slattery; Ashley Slattery;
  Stella Madison, coordinator-Administrative Processes; Jerry England,
  supervisor. Not pictured: Robin Drew-Smith, OHN; Raphael’le Drew; Chaz
  Wood, machinist; and Ronda Wood.

                                          in the ring With lewis

                                               Although he doesn’t encourage or even                   ment, and I’d say he represented Arkansas
                                          allow his sons to hit each other at home,                    pretty well.”
                                          Leonard Lewis is in favor of their involve-                       Dymetri’s brother, Donald, boxes in
                                          ment in boxing.                                              the 145-pound class and placed second in
                                               “They might spar at the gym, but they                   the state tournament in January. Instead
                                          get along well at home,” he said. “They                      of competing in the National Silver Gloves
                                          support and help each other get better, and                  Tournament in February, he plans on box-
                                          that’s great for a father to see.”                           ing in the Junior Olympics in April, which
                                               Lewis, a machinist in Pine Bluff,                       are slated to be held in Little Rock. He
                                          has worked for the railroad since January                    will compete in the 138-pound class in that
                                          2007, and he’s seen his sons, Dymetri, 13,                   tournament.
                                          and Donald, 15, grow in their sport nearly                        “They’re doing great, and if they keep
                                          three years and enjoy notable successes.                     working hard, there will be no stopping
                                               At the Feb. 1-3 National Silver Gloves                  them,” Lewis said.
                                          Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Lewis                             When Lewis isn’t working and the
                                          saw his younger, 95-pound son, Dymetri,                      boys aren’t practicing, they enjoy spend-
                                          make it to the semi-finals. His finish in that               ing quality time with each other. Although
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                                          tournament earned him the No. 3 ranking in                   he’s unable to attend many of their matches,
                                          the nation at his weight and age class. Prior                Lewis sits in on some of their practices at the
                                          to his visit to Kansas City, Dymetri won the                 Pine Bluff Boxing Club to see how they’re
                                          Arkansas State Championship in January.                      progressing in the sport.
                                               “I’m excited and proud of him,” Lewis                   Leonard Lewis, Pine Bluff machinist, is proud of his sons,
                                          said. “He went a long way in that tourna-                    Dymetri and Donald, for their efforts in the boxing ring.

                                          New Employees
                                               Orange-hatted new hires abound at the Kansas City,
                                          North Little Rock and Pine Bluff locomotive facilities. They
                                          come from various backgrounds, including manufacturing and
                                          the military, and they bring with them an enriching blend of
                                          skills and experiences.
                                          Steve Hodge, left, Robert Liebsch and Justin Dill, new hire electricians in
                                          Kansas City as of November, appreciate their jobs on the railroad for the security
                                          and stability they provide.
                                                                                                                                 Some of the newest employees at Jenks Shop include Nick Smith, left,
                                                                                                                                 Charles Freshour and Steve Rice, machinists who hired out Feb. 19.
                                                                                                                                 Travis Parker, electrician in Kansas City since November, enjoys the work for the
                                                                                                                                 opportunity it gives him to learn about and troubleshoot locomotives.

Gilden A Proud Father                                                                                                           BENISH&

                                                                                                                                                                                  LO COMOTIVE NEWS
     A cut above the rest.
     There is a sign bearing these words hanging in the boil-
ermakers’ work space at Jenks Shop, but Chuck Gilden also
                                                                                                                                    Since buying a 6-year-old
finds it applicable for his son, Matt, who has successfully                                                                     donkey named Eeyore two years
completed four years at the United States Air Force Academy in                                                                  ago, Jim Benish has become a
Colorado Springs, Colo., and will graduate in May.                                                                              staple in parades in Little Rock
     “We’re all very proud of him,” said Gilden, boilermaker                                                                    and surrounding communities.
and 18-year railroad employee. “Even as a kid, he knew what                                                                         “I knew it would be fun for
he wanted and now he’s followed through and done it.”                                                                           our grandchildren,” said Benish,
     Matt, 21, began his USAF career with Basic Cadet Training                                                                  a machinist at the Wheel Shop in
July 1, 2004. Since then, he’s earned his Jump Wings by com-                                                                    North Little Rock. “He’s really
pleting five solo parachute jumps; become SCUBA certified; and
                                                                                        Jim Benish, machinist
                                                                                                                                gentle and docile, and he’ll follow
flown in an F-16. He also has maintained a 3.78 GPA within his                          you around like a puppy.”
major, which places him in the top 15 percent of his discipline.                             Eeyore was parade-ready when Benish bought him from
     Once he graduates with his Bachelor of Science in Systems                          his co-worker Herman Moran, an electrician. Had he not been,
Engineering Management and is commissioned as a second                                  Benish would have worked with him on stopping, turning and
lieutenant May 28, Matt hopes to take a two-month backpack-                             getting accustomed to having a saddle on his back, just as he

                                                                                                                                                                                  A Union Pacific Newsletter | March 2008
ing trip to Europe before starting                                                      did for the other miniature donkey he owns, named Esther.
his first assignment as a project                                                            “At first, they just want to run,” he said. “You’ve got to
manager of space satellite systems                                                      make sure they’re comfortable with pulling a cart, especially if
at Los Angeles’ Air Force Base.                                                         there will be children around.”
     After his five-year military                                                            Quite often, the children involved in the festivities include
commitment is over, Matt hopes to                                                       Benish’s grandchildren Faith, 5; McKinley, 3; and Maddox, 2.
pursue a Master’s Degree in Business                                                    Most recently, the three children walked in Christmas parades
Administration with a focus on real                                                     in North Little Rock and Benton, Ark., and a St. Patrick’s Day
estate, finance or entrepreneurship.                                                    Parade in Little Rock. For the latter, Eeyore’s mane and tail
     “That’s what he’s talking about                                                    were painted green and Benish affixed a unicorn horn to the
right now, but he’s got a while to                                                      donkey’s head. Benish says if there’s a parade for Easter or any
decide,” said Kris Gilden, Matt’s Gilden’s son, Matt, 21, will graduate                 other occasion in the future, he and Eeyore, and most likely the
mother. “Five years seems like a and be commissioned as a second                        grandchildren, will be there.
long time, but it’ll probably be over lieutenant from the United States
before Chuck and I know it.”          Air Force Academy in Colorado
                                      Springs, Colo., May 28.

                                                                                        Jim Benish, machinist in North Little Rock, left, and his family, including his wife,
                                                                                        Gloria, and grandchildren Faith, Maddox and McKinley, participate in many events
                                                                                        in various communities with their miniature donkey, Eeyore.
                                                                                        Jim Benish, machinist, right, makes his way to the Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade
                                                                                        March 15 with his family and pet miniature donkey, Eeyore, in tow.

Chuck Gilden, boilermaker at Jenks Shop in North Little Rock, believes his son, Matt,
is a cut above the rest.
                                                           His Spare Time

                                          Goes Fast

                                               When Blake Keeton is at work, he                          After riding competitively nearly
                                          is a professional railroader. Outside of                  six years, Keeton turned professional
                                          work, however, he is a professional mo-                   when he was 15, and races nearly every
                                          tocross racer.                                            weekend now that he works first shift
                                               Keeton, a machinist helper at                        and has weekends off. Currently, he
                                          Jenks Shop, hired on with the railroad in                 is participating in the Arkansas State
                                          October 2006, and he’s been racing mo-                    Championship, which consists of eight
                                          tocross since he was 9. He got involved                   races. As of March 10, there has been
                                          with the sport because his stepfather and                 one event, during which he placed second
                                          two stepbrothers race, and his mother                     in the 250CC Pro Class and third in the
                                          often works at the races.                                 450CC Pro Class.
                                               “It’s exciting and I get to spend time                    “This is a tough sport, and people
                                          with my family,” he said. “There’s really                 who have ridden motocross know it is,”
                                          nothing like it.”                                         Keeton said. “You can’t just jump on a
                                                                                                    bike and race.”
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                                          Although he’s covered from head to toe in protective
                                          racing gear, you can tell which one is Blake Keeton            Keeton adds it’s important to be in
                                          by the No. 435 on the front of his bike.                  shape for this activity, because it makes
                                                                                                    your body more resilient to injury.
                                                                                                         “Motocross is considered the sec-                   Blake Keeton, machinist helper at Jenks Shop, takes
                                                                                                    ond most physically demanding sport,                     safety seriously both at work and at play.

                                                                                                    after soccer,” he said. “You’ve got to be                ary Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane
                                                                                                    prepared.”                                               Mills, Tenn.
                                                                                                         Keeton has been prepared and sub-                        “Only the top 42 riders in the nation
                                                                                                    sequently enjoyed success in his sport in                get to compete, so I hope I’m one of
                                                                                                    many prior events, including the Outdoor                 them,” Keeton said.
                                                                                                    National Motocross series in 2001-2005                        Keeton isn’t the only one who hopes
                                                                                                    and the National Arenacross series, in                   he does well in upcoming motocross and
                                                                                                    which his 2003 performance ranked him                    arenacross events: his sponsors would
                                                                                                    45th in the nation.                                      like to see him win, as well. They in-
                                                                                                         Future races include area- and                      clude Kawasaki Sports Center, Lucas Oil,
                                                                                                    regional-qualifying races to determine                   Engine Ice, Factory Connection, Pro Clean,
                                                                                                    whether he’ll compete in the American                    Answer, Pro Taper, Gaerne, Ride,
                                                                                                    Motorcyclist Association’s National                      Scott, Kenda, EVS, EVOmx, JM Racing,
                                                                                                    Championship races in July at the legend-                MX and JTG Racing.

                                          hArP BoYS hUNt
                                               Alex Harp has always been proud
                                          of his sons, but one chilly morning last
                                                                                                    shouldn’t worry about getting my deer,
                                                                                                    because he would help me if I needed him
                                          November, he saw his 8-year-old son hit                   to.”
                                          a target nearly 130 yards away from him,                        Austin’s well-placed shot was not only
                                          which both surprised and amazed him.                      exciting because of the size of the 17-point
                                               “When we saw the buck step out, I                    buck, but also because it was one of the
                                          got nervous,” said Harp, a machinist at                   first hunting trips during which he was
                                          North Little Rock’s service track. “It was                able to actually shoot. His younger brother,
                                          bigger than anything I’ve ever shot in 15                 Zachary, 6, was along on the trip, but won’t
                                          years, but Austin just took care of it.”                  be able to shoot until he turns 8.
                                               As soon as Austin fired his .243, Alex                     “They can’t wait until October when
                                          looked at him and asked him if he thought                 the season starts again,” Harp said. “And,
                                          he had hit the deer.                                      I can’t wait to go with them.”
                                               “He said, ‘Oh yeah, dad, I got him!’”                      Once the buck’s head is mounted, it
                                          Harp said with a smile. “Then he said I                   will most likely hang in Austin’s room.
                                          Austin Harp, 8, right, displays the 17-point buck he shot in November as his brother, Zachary, 6, looks on. Both
                                          boys are the sons of Alex Harp, machinist at NLR’s service track.


                                                                                                                                                                     LO COMOTIVE NEWS
      Many of your co-workers’
retirement countdowns have dwin-
dled to double digits, and some of
those just might terminate May 30,
when numerous railroaders will
begin new chapter in their lives.
      Denny Ballany looks forward
to spending his newfound free time
with his family, including his wife,
Cindy, and their four children, Jill,
Kerry, Kevin and Tim. He’ll also
have more time to fish, relax and
do whatever he wants whenever
he wants to.
      “It’ll be nice to not have to be

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someplace at a certain time or punch
a clock,” said Ballany, foreman gen-
eral I. “I will miss the people I work
with, though. They’re great.”
      Ballany has met many
people throughout his railroad            Denny Ballany, foreman general I, is on the home stretch Upon his May 30 retirement, J.C. Calzada will miss the
                                          towards his May 30 retirement.                           people he’s met and worked with throughout his 42-year
career, which spans 41 years,                                                                      railroad career.
two railroads and two locations.
He hired out with the Missouri             a marathon—you don’t have to win, you’ve                     Kans., New Orleans, San Antonio, Texas;
Pacific Railroad March 3, 1967, in         just got to finish the race.”                                North Platte, Neb.; and North Little Rock,
St. Louis. He transferred to                    J.C. Calzada, supervisor, also plans to                 where he arrived in 1999.
North Little Rock as an electri-           call it quits and retire May 30, after 42 years                   “The best part about my career is that
cal foreman in 1985 and took a             of railroad service.                                         I’ve met great people everywhere I’ve been,”
promotion to foreman general I                  In June 1966, Calzada hired on with the                 Calzada said. “They’re what I’ll miss most.”
in 1994.                                   Missouri Pacific Railroad in Houston as an                        When he retires, he’ll travel to visit his
      “Retirement’s been a long            electrician apprentice, becoming the first                   daughters and grandchildren in Chicago and
time coming, but I’m ready for it,”        Hispanic in that role in that location. He                   Las Cruces, N.M. He’ll also play golf and
Ballany said. “Your career is like         then worked in Fort Worth, Texas; Salina,                    volunteer in the community.

United Way Donations
    In an effort to
give back to the
communities in
which it operates,
Union Pacific do-
nated $10,000
each to Southeast
Arkansas’ and Heart
of Arkansas’ United
Way chapters.

                          Steve Sparr, senior director-System Locomotive Facility, presents $10,000 checks to Jim Caldwell, United Way of Southeast Arkansas, left
                          photo, and John Nazzaro, Heart of Arkansas United Way, right photo.


                                               It’s more than just a souped-up
                                          golf cart.
                                               Pine Bluff Locomotive Facility
                                          employees are pleased with the new por-
                                          table toilet dump station, which the shop
                                          acquired March 1.
                                               “Everyone’s much happier with
                                          this system,” said Mark Smith, man-
                                          ager-Locomotive Maintenance II in
                                          Pine Bluff. “It’s so much better than
                                          the old way.”
A Union Pacific Newsletter | March 2008

                                          A certain task became a whole lot more pleasant for
                                          employees in Pine Bluff with the March 1 arrival of the
                                          facility’s new portable toilet dump station.

                                          Twister Assistance                                                 Accomplishing the
                                          Continued from page 1.
                                               After discussing the situation with Clinton’s civic leader-
                                          ship, including Mayor Roger Rorie, Gartner, Reasons and the
                                          rest of the group decided on Feb. 19, as there would be wood
                                          chippers rented for them to use.                                   Continued from page 5.
                                               “We were up there most of the day, but there’s still so           “Knowing who is where, what they are doing and
                                          much to be done,” Apicella said. “I’d seen tornado destruc-        which locomotive’s moving, helps keep everyone safe,”
                                          tion in Omaha, Neb., in 1975, and this was just as bad. Maybe      said Lamont Moody, electrician. “Communication is
                                          worse.”                                                            key.”
                                               In the weeks since the tornado, citizens of Clinton have          It’s clear, based on the employees’ injury-free accomplish-
                                          had to deal with a storm that produced golf ball-sized hail and    ments, that they have taken ownership of their safety. They
                                          two snowfalls that left a combined 30 inches of snow in their      have worked more than 600,000 man-hours since the last
                                          wakes.                                                             reportable injury, and they have their sights set on reaching
                                               “For their sakes, I hope it’s over, and they can focus on     one million injury-free man-hours in October.
                                          rebuilding,” Gartner said. “They’ve had more than their fair
                                          share of Mother Nature.”
                                                                                                              Number of injury-free days, per shift, as of March 10
                                                                                                             Shift     Ramp     Service Track   Jenks Pine Bluff Kansas City
                                                                                                             1st	      930	            391	      49	       869	        878
                                                                                                             2nd	      697	           1,590	    259	       160	        276
                                                                                                             3rd	    1,069	            667	      90	     1,478	          61

                                                                                                             Shift	record	 1,590
                                                                                                             Facility	record	 697

                                                                                                                                                                          LO COMOTIVE NEWS
                                                                                                                                                                          A Union Pacific Newsletter | March 2008
                                         Lean project
Members of the C-Line Lean Improvement Team include Kenneth Halpine, locomotive foreman, left; Richard Baxter, electrician; Robert Ussery, sheetmetal worker; Jeremy
Reaves, machinist; Zach Batchelor, machinist; and Scott Bell, sheetmetal worker. Not pictured: William Gilliam and Bill Hust, boilermakers.

     In keeping with Union Pacific’s goals of its
Project 75, many employees have been motivated
to find ways to eliminate waste, increase efficien-
cy, and make their jobs easier and better. Some of
these Lean projects are underway at Jenks Shop.
     Currently, there are five Lean Improvement
Teams at Jenks Shop, two of which apply to the
C-Line and three pertain to Limited Scheduled
     As of March 12, the C-Line group has identi-
fied approximately 80 obstacles since September,
nearly 60 percent of which are closed out. Their
improvement projects include bettering com-
munication between shifts, determining the best
sequence for processes, installing ramps for SD-70
locomotives at Jenks’ 9-F spot, and making tools
and material more easily accessible.
     “By contributing ideas and making positive
changes, employees feel as though they’re an im-
portant part of the business and improving it,” said
Mike Starr, manager-Locomotive Maintenance I.
“Highway speed is the slowest car on the highway,
and we want to avoid the obstacles and time-wasters                 One critical aspect of increasing efficiency and saving time is organization, which is something to
that prevent us from being in front of the pack.”
                                                                    which these shelves and cubbyholes for tools and parts contribute.
  LO COMOTIVE NEWS                               A Union Pacific Newsletter | March 2008

     Three managers from the
North Little Rock and Pine Bluff locomo-
tive facilities recently received recognition
for their attention to and support of safety
in their respective work places.
      Steve Sparr, senior director-Sys-
tem Locomotive Facility, presented                                                                         Max Pruss, manager-Mechanical Maintenance for NLR’s
with engraved plaques for their efforts.                                                                   ramp and service track, right, reads the inscription on his
                                                                                                           award as Steve Sparr, senior director-System Locomotive
John Givens, manager-Locomotive                                                                            Facility reads it aloud.
Maintenance I at Jenks Shop; Max Pruss,
manager-Mechanical Maintenance at
North Little Rock’s ramp/service track;
and Mark Smith, manager-Locomotive
Maintenance II in Pine Bluff, were selected     John Givens, manager-Locomotive Maintenance I at
by fellow managers for their outstanding        Jenks, left, receives his award from Steve Sparr, senior
performance in the area of accident preven-     director-System Locomotive Facility.

tion for 2007.                                  Mark Smith, manager-Locomotive Maintenance II in Pine
                                                Bluff, right, accepts his award and a handshake from
                                                Steve Sparr, senior director-System Locomotive Facility.

                                                                                                                      North Little Rock, AR 72114-4558
                                                                                                                      800 Pike Ave
 MAIL U.S.A                                                                                                           North Little Rock Locomotive Shop
                                                                                                                      Union Pacific Railroad

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