Roseville named a Train Town USA, given rotary snow plow by Union Pacific

Last Updated: 7/3/2014

Roseville has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry and presented with Union Pacific's rotary snow plow SPMW 7221. This historic railroad snow removal plow will be on permanent display on Atlantic Street just outside Union Pacific's J.R. Davis Yard in Roseville.

"We are proud to recognize Roseville as we celebrate our growing up together," said Liisa Stark, Union Pacific's director, Public Affairs for Northern California and Nevada.

"The railroad has played an integral role in our history and our growth," said Roseville Mayor Susan Rohan. "Union Pacific continues to be an important part of our community and one of our largest employers. Even as Roseville grows and changes, our roots will always remain with the railroad."

The first rail line in Roseville was built by Central Pacific Railroad in 1863. Part of the original transcontinental route conceived by President Abraham Lincoln, the track later became part of Southern Pacific which then merged with Union Pacific in 1996.

Today Union Pacific operates J.R. Davis Yard in Roseville, the largest rail yard west of the Rocky Mountains. J.R. Davis Yard is home to more than 1,000 Union Pacific employees and more than 95 percent of all rail traffic flowing into and out of Northern California comes through the yard.

Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific before it, has been using rotary snow plows to clear the tracks of heavy Sierra Nevada snow for a century. With this donation to the city, rotary snow plow SPMW 7221 will stand as a symbol of the dedication and optimism of thousands of Union Pacific and Southern Pacific employees that have lived and worked in Roseville for more than 100 years.