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George and Barbara Bush on locomotive No. 4141 with retired Union Pacific Chairman Dick Davidson and his wife Trish (October 18, 2005).

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Union Pacific was honored to participate in the funeral procession for President George H.W. Bush. The Union Pacific funeral train departed Union Pacific’s Westfield Auto Facility on December 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm and arrived at College Station across from Kyle Field around 3:30 pm.

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The Ross Volunteers of the Texas A&M Corp of Cadets stand at attention as Locomotive No. 4141 arrives on the Texas A&M University campus.

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United States Military personnel removing President George H.W. Bush’s flag covered casket from the funeral train at College Station, TX

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Members of the Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Department who participated in the funeral train for President George H.W. Bush.

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Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents (listed from left to right) Zach Albritton, Nic Hammond, Jack Bartlett, Terrill Vandergriff, Darin Archer, Jake Hammer, Eli Garcia. These are some of the Agents who participated in the funeral train procession.

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New Union Pacific Railroad design for badges in 2018.

Union Pacific Special Agents

Union Pacific has a police department staffed with more than 175 Special Agents. Special Agents have primary jurisdiction over crimes committed against the railroad. The department is responsible for all Union Pacific locations across 32,000 miles of track in 23 states. Its success has served as a model for national crime management; the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s creation in 1907 was closely tied to the Union Pacific Police Department's approach.

Railroad police are certified state law enforcement officers with investigative and arrest powers both on and off railroad property in most states. They also have interstate law enforcement authority pursuant to federal law.

In 2014 the Union Pacific Police Department achieved accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) for complying with the highest law enforcement standards. The department renewed it's commitment to these standards and achieved reaccreditation in 2017. Only 17 percent of U.S. law enforcement agencies have earned CALEA accreditation.

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In May of 2018, a very good friend and past Chief of the Union Pacific Railroad Police Roger Young dies at age 85.  Mr. Young was born on March 12, 1933 in Newton, Massachusetts.  He served 3 years in the U.S. Air force before going to Law School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Just after graduating, his dream of becoming an FBI Agent came to fruition.  During his time with the FBI he headed many high profile cases.  In 1980, he was named the bureau’s chief spokesman, and in 1981, was promoted to assistant director for the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs.

In 1994 after having retired and with a successful private life, Mr. Young became the Vice President and Chief of Police for the Union Pacific Railroad Police Department.  He stayed in this position for 5 years bringing his intelligence, caring attitude, organization skills, and talent to us.  Mr. Young made a huge difference in the workings of our department but most of all in our personal live's.

We love you and will miss you Mr. Roger Young.

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 Annual Railroad Police In-Service Training from March 26th - 29th 2018 at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers' Training Academy (MLEOTA) / State Police HQ in Pearl, MS. Training included Agents from Amtrak, KCS, Canadian National, and Burlington Norther Santa Fe   Front Row L-R : Sam Bell, Amtrak; Shane Bertrand, KCS; Raymond Delvalle, Amtrak; Steven Solomon, CN; PB Rivera, BNSF; Atty. Andy Brister, Brister & Brister Law Firm; Monica Carson, CN; Keith Martin, KCS.   Back Row L-R:  Harry Stovall, Amtrak; Danny Wharton, Amtrak; Morris Evans, CN; Sheriff Wydette Williams, E. Carroll S.O.; Brad Reuter, CN; David Smith, CN; John Robin Snyder, CN; Wayne Hardy, KCS; Reed Harrington, CN; John Kay, KCS; Jim Miller, CN   Not Pictured (Photo-taker):  Chris Lanoue, CN  *************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Annual Railroad Police In-Service Training from March 26th - 29th 2018 at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers' Training Academy (MLEOTA) / State Police HQ in Pearl, MS. Training included Agents from Amtrak, KCS, Canadian National, and Burlington Norther Santa Fe

Front Row L-R: Sam Bell, Amtrak; Shane Bertrand, KCS; Raymond Delvalle, Amtrak; Steven Solomon, CN; PB Rivera, BNSF; Atty. Andy Brister, Brister & Brister Law Firm; Monica Carson, CN; Keith Martin, KCS.

Back Row L-R: Harry Stovall, Amtrak; Danny Wharton, Amtrak; Morris Evans, CN; Sheriff Wydette Williams, E. Carroll S.O.; Brad Reuter, CN; David Smith, CN; John Robin Snyder, CN; Wayne Hardy, KCS; Reed Harrington, CN; John Kay, KCS; Jim Miller, CN

Not Pictured (Photo-taker): Chris Lanoue, CN

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February of 2018, the Louisiana Chief's of Police Association held a week long class for new Chief's in Baton Rouge, LA.  Union Pacific Railroad Police Lieutenant Zach Albritton to the extreme right completed the course and is being presented his certificate by LACP Executive Director Fabian Blache along with members of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Executive Management Institute Board.

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Railroad Special Agents William Schuldt and Milford Merrifield were recognized on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Louisiana Law Enforcement Memorial in New Orleans, LA (Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery).  Both Agents lost their lives in the line of duty.

On October 11, 1922, Texas and Pacific Railroad Special Agent requested that two railroad employees take him across the river in a skiff to inspect a train.  The skiff developed a leak several hundred feet from shore and sank.  The other two employees were able to swim to safety, but Special Agent Merrifield was caught in the current and pulled downstream.  His body was recovered several days later.

On July 2, 1930, Special Agent William Schuldt boarded a train in New Orleans and was riding it to protect it from thieves.  When the train stopped outside of Schriever, LA, he exited the caboose and was walking alongside of it.  It is believed that he attempted to board the train again as it begun to move, but fell beneath the wheels.  His body was found the following morning during a search by other railroad employees.

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Top picture left to right: Retired Union Pacific Lt. Paul Miller, Lt. Thomas Carmichael, and Sr. Special Agent Zach Albritton.  These agents attended the 2017 Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in New Orleans, LA where Texas & Pacific Railroad Special Agent Milford Merrifield and Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent William Schuldt lost there lives in the line of duty.  Pictures courtesy of David Boudreaux. ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Left to right are retired Missouri Pacific/Union Pacific Special Agents James "Diamond Jim" Watson, Joe Walthall, Bubba Barefield, James "Jay" Plummer, Glen "Skinny" Grannan, and Paul Miller.  Jay was diagnosed with ALS and passed on August 7, 2016.  He will always be remember as a best friend and a very good Railroad Cop.

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Letter shared by George Marshino.

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August 2004, Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents assigned to Executive Protection Detail at President George Bush's National Republican Convention in New York.  Top picture left to right:  Mark Kalinowski, Bill Meadows, Steve Ray, Scott Broussard, Dorothy Peck, Paul Miller, Brian Daniell, Jim Beach, Bubba Barefield, Landon McDowell.  Kneeling left to right:  Larry Diaz, Darin Archer, Joe Walthall.

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Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent RC Langford and K-9 Carin assigned to Houston, TX.

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Re: America’s last moving train robbery!

As a professional researcher with unmatched credentials, I love debunking especially history books.

My latest does just that!  America ’s last moving train robber was not Jesse James or Butch Cassidy.

Instead it was Lu and his gang featured in my latest book.

"Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails"

Book Out March 16, 2015, The History Press, ISBN-13: 978-1626198937

True story firsthand account by America ’s last moving train robber as told to author Wilson Casey .

In 1949, two bandits from Youngstown , OH boarded a B & O passenger train from Washington , DC to Detroit .  In the West Virginia mountains near Martinsburg,  Luman “Lu” Ramsdell and his gang stopped the train to rob and terrorize nearly 150 people on board.  They pistol-whipped several and shot at others before exiting the train to next rob a tavern and hijack getaway cars.  National headlines likened the event to the exploits of Jess James and the halcyon days of the wild West.  Lu and the gang led authorities on a chase that ended with a harrowing shootout five blocks from the white House.  Climb aboard with author Wilson Casey for a firsthand account from the head bandit himself in the true tale of America ’s last moving train robbery.

Wilson Casey

“Trivia” Guinness World Record Holder

Multi-Published Author

Syndicated Columnist (500+ Papers)

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 Railroad Special Agents who presented a Crossing Accident Reduction Education (CARE) class in New Iberia, LA in 2017. Left to right are: BNSF Special Agent PB Rivera, KCS Special Agent Shane Bertrand, BNSF Special Agent Ken Steward, and Union Pacific Special Agent Quincy Bryant.

Railroad Special Agents who presented a Crossing Accident Reduction Education (CARE) class in New Iberia, LA in 2017. Left to right are: BNSF Special Agent PB Rivera, KCS Special Agent Shane Bertrand, BNSF Special Agent Ken Steward, and Union Pacific Special Agent Quincy Bryant.

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 February 17, 2016, El Paso, Tx. Left to right: US Customs and Border Patrol Agent Mercado, Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Quincy Bryant, US Customs and Border Patrol Agent McCarthy. Agents worked together for the Pope's visit to Juarez, Mexico.

February 17, 2016, El Paso, Tx. Left to right: US Customs and Border Patrol Agent Mercado, Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Quincy Bryant, US Customs and Border Patrol Agent McCarthy. Agents worked together for the Pope's visit to Juarez, Mexico.

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Amtrak's Police new Detective Challenge Coin (2017)

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October 21, 2017, Avondale, Louisiana.  Left to right Union Pacific Railroad Lieutenant John "Zach" Albritton, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, and Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Quincy Bryant together to recognize the Union Pacific's great performance in hiring armed force members.

Above picture:  Union Pacific's Locomotive No. 1943, The Spirit, is the 16th commemorative locomotive introduced in the 155 year-old company's history.  The Spirit honors the United States' armed forces and the men and women who fill their ranks.  Created in collaboration with Union Pacific Veterans, the locomotive illustrates the railroad's connection to the thousands of veterans who helped build America through the centuries.

The Moniker

A Boeing B-17 was christened the Spirit of the Union Pacific in 1943, recognizing employees who funded it through war bond contributions.  The Spirit of the Union Pacific was assigned to the 571st Bomber Squadron and shot down on its fifth mission during a raid on enemy installations in Munster, Germany.

Honoring the Armed Forces

Every detail in The Spirit's trade dress incorporates a piece of each U.S. armed forces branch.  

The Spirit's front is symbolic of Air Force Silver, and the blue stripe is a reflection of the former Stategic Air Command's "nose sash."  The lettering inside the sash is the original hand-drawn font used on the B-17.  It is followed by the Coast Guard's "Racing Stripe" and the Navy's Battleship Gray, which frames Union Pacific's traditional American Flag.  The military camouflage is a nod to the Army and Marines.

As the train passes by, the final message on the tail is dedicated to U.S. prisoner of war and those missing in action, featuring the POW/MIA symbol and its motto, "You Are Not Forgotten."

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October 17, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana,  Retirement party for Union Pacific Lieutenant Thomas Carmichael

Left to right:  All retired Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents.  Billy "Bubba Barefield, Paul Miller, Toby Trevett, Thomas Carmichael and Glen "Skinny' Grannan.

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 October 17, 2017 New Orleans, Louisiana. Retirement party for Union Pacific Lieutenant Thomas Carmichael pictured with Agents from the Houston Division.  Left to right front row: Houston Lieutenant Nick Hammond, Texarkana Senior Special Agent Darin Archer, North Little Rock Lieutenant Steven Paddy, Retired Lieutenant Thomas Carmichael, Houston Division Captain Terrill Vandgergriff, Longview Senior Special Agent Charlie Barnes, Houston Senior Special Agent Berwin Arceneaux, Livonia Special Agent Josh Guillory,  Left to right second row: College Station Senior Special Agent Jake Hammer, Avondale Special Agent Quincy Bryant, Avondale Lieutenant John "Zach" Albritton, Houston Senior Special Agent Chris Cordary, Lake Charles Special Agent Jack Bartlet, Houston Special Agent Craig Bastible, Houston Special Agent Cody Osborne.  Back row: Chris Jones  ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

October 17, 2017 New Orleans, Louisiana. Retirement party for Union Pacific Lieutenant Thomas Carmichael pictured with Agents from the Houston Division.

Left to right front row: Houston Lieutenant Nick Hammond, Texarkana Senior Special Agent Darin Archer, North Little Rock Lieutenant Steven Paddy, Retired Lieutenant Thomas Carmichael, Houston Division Captain Terrill Vandgergriff, Longview Senior Special Agent Charlie Barnes, Houston Senior Special Agent Berwin Arceneaux, Livonia Special Agent Josh Guillory,

Left to right second row: College Station Senior Special Agent Jake Hammer, Avondale Special Agent Quincy Bryant, Avondale Lieutenant John "Zach" Albritton, Houston Senior Special Agent Chris Cordary, Lake Charles Special Agent Jack Bartlet, Houston Special Agent Craig Bastible, Houston Special Agent Cody Osborne.

Back row: Chris Jones

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 December 10, 1936, The Sixteenth Annual Banquet for the Chicago Railway and Special Agents Association held at the Motel Sherman in Chicago, IL. 796 members in attendance.  In appreciation of Amtrak Detective Doug Balk.  **************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

December 10, 1936, The Sixteenth Annual Banquet for the Chicago Railway and Special Agents Association held at the Motel Sherman in Chicago, IL. 796 members in attendance.

In appreciation of Amtrak Detective Doug Balk.

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 Railroad Police in 1920 at the Orient Railroad Yard in Wichita, Kansas. This yard was originally built by Kansas City, Mexico and the Orient Railroads. Seated to the far right is John Wesley Wolfe, John was born in 1879 in died in 1954 in Kansas.  Courtesy of Robert T. Wolfe grandson to John Wolfe.  *****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Railroad Police in 1920 at the Orient Railroad Yard in Wichita, Kansas. This yard was originally built by Kansas City, Mexico and the Orient Railroads. Seated to the far right is John Wesley Wolfe, John was born in 1879 in died in 1954 in Kansas.

Courtesy of Robert T. Wolfe grandson to John Wolfe.

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Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents conducting night firing during their week long annual training held in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2018

Courtesy of Lt. Zach Albritton

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