Union Pacific Timetables

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Public Timetables

(all timetables are obsolete and out of date; for reference only)

The earliest public timetables for Union Pacific were in the then-standard form of a large paper sheet that was folded down to a convenient four inches by nine inches, similar to road maps of the 20th century. In about 1889-1890, the mechanical stapler became available, which allowed timetables to be printed in a more convenient multiple page style. This style became known as the "Timetable" format, a 4 inches by 9 inches size that fit an envelope or standardized display rack for stations and hotels. The 4x9 format consists of multiple 16x9 collated sheets, folded and stapled along the center into a 8x9 booklet, and then folded again into the final 4x9 size.

Train schedule and other information was easier to find, and the folding, refolding and wear and tear at the folds was eliminated. But this format limited maps to the sheet size of 16x9 inches.

During the period of government control in 1918-1920, during World War I, all timetables were standardized as minimal styles. Following the war, and like most of the other railroads, Union Pacific returned to using the symbols of its company, such as its logos and other advertising graphics.

On Union Pacific, its public timetables showed all of its passenger trains along its system-wide routes (Omaha to Portland and Seattle; Omaha to Ogden and San Francisco; and Omaha to Los Angeles), along with regional trains. All of UP's branch lines with passenger service were also shown.

Public Timetable, April 29, 1962

Public Timetable, April 29, 1962 (Revised June 1)

Public Timetable, April 29, 1962 (Revised September 1)

Public Timetable, October 28, 1962


Employee Timetables

(all timetables are obsolete and out of date; for reference only)

Like public timetables, UP's employee timetables contained the schedules of regular trains. They also contain other important information necessary to work on a railroad, so an employee timetable must exist whether its territory has scheduled passenger trains or not. Major railroads like Union Pacific issued employee timetables for divisions and subdivisions.

UP's employee timetables showed all main lines and branch lines, listing the agency stations served, each station's milepost locations and hours of agency operation. The timetables also showed passing sidings and their length, and other facilities such as water tanks and wyes. They also included schedules of regular trains, if any. Employee timetables also showed types of train control, such as Automatic Block Signal (ABS), or Centralized Traffic Control (CTC). Types of operation would be specified, such as Track Warrant Control (TWC). Track diagrams have become common in modern timetables. A timetable will also contain special instructions. These may modify certain operating rules, train speed limits and tonnage ratings, as well as other detailed information.

Employee Timetables. Railroads have always issued timetables for the exclusive use of their employees, a practice that continues to this day. Typically such timetables provide information on physical plant, tonnage ratings of locomotives, special conditions along the line, schedules of regular trains, and other information of vital interest to railroad operation. Probably no other single document gives such a telling picture of a railroad's operation in a particular time period. In appearance, employee timetables tend to be plain, no-nonsense booklets. Early examples were often large in size (roughly 8 inches by 14 inches), and these are sometimes referred to as "horseblanket" style. Gradually railroads switched to the standard "timetable size" variety (4" by 8"), although this transition did not occur all at once. (Railroadiana.org)