Union Pacific to spend $1 Billion on Locomotive Upgrades

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OMAHA, Nebraska -- Omaha-based Union Pacific railroad says it's making its largest-ever investment in upgrades to locomotives.

The company says it's spending $1 billion to modernize 600 older diesel locomotives in the next three years.

The railroad says the goal is to cut about 210,000 tons of carbon emissions a year, which they say is equivalent to taking 45,000 cars off the road.

They also say the upgrades will increase fuel efficiency by nearly 20 percent.

U-P says the upgrades are being done by Wabtec--a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company.

Wabtec will spend eight weeks overhauling the locomotives’ engines and installing new software and electronic controls.

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