Rosenberg awarded membership in Union Pacific’s Train Town USA Registry

Pictured are top to bottom: Bill Rickert, Rosenberg Railroad Museum President; Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr.; Joe Adams, Union Pacific, Juan M. Carreon, Union Pacific; and Congressman Pete Olson in front of the Tower 17 switching tower at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum in Historic Downtown Rosenberg.

Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr., joined Congressman Pete Olson and Rosenberg Railroad Museum President Bill Rickert on Monday, November 26, at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum to accept a “Train Town USA” designation from Union Pacific (UP) railroad representatives for Rosenberg.

Joe Adams, UP Pacific Vice President for Public Affairs, and Juan M. Carreon, UP Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs, presented a resolution and shield to the City, on behalf of UP Chairman James R. Young, as part of the Railroad’s 150th Anniversary celebrations to commemorate UP and Rosenberg’s shared history.

Rosenberg Mayor, Vincent M. Morales, Jr. stated, “Railroad history is an integral part of Rosenberg’s history. Railroads helped make Rosenberg the Hub of the Gulf Coast, and will continue to play a key role in our future. Our prime logistic location relative to the ports of Houston and Freeport, to Interstate 10 and US 59, and at the intersection of three major rail lines, continues to be a driver of development. Rosenberg is proud of our 129 years of shared history with Union Pacific, and excited about the chapters yet to write together in our future!”

Union Pacific was created when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act in 1862, and the City of Rosenberg was founded in 1883 at the intersection of the New York, Texas and Mexican, the Santa Fe, and the Southern Pacific rail lines. Today, three major rail companies still operate in Rosenberg, including Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Kansas City Southern.

Congressman Pete Olson said, “Congratulations to the City of Rosenberg for this recognition. Union Pacific and Rosenberg share an important history that has benefitted our region by connecting commerce with people, bringing business and growing industry through their partnership. This designation adds a unique, historic component to Rosenberg’s rich history and I’m honored to represent ‘Train Town, USA.”

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