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Union Pacific develops rail yard simulator

Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific developed has its own virtual rail yard to help train a new generation of workers who likely grew up playing video games.

The Omaha-based railroad developed the training software over the past few years with the help of Williamston, Mich.-based P.I. Engineering.

UP spokesman Scott Hinckley says new employees who are familiar with video games feel at home using Union Pacific’s simulator. The program teaches ways to safely maneuver cars and locomotives in a rail yard.

The first program based on the Cheyenne, Wyo., rail yard is used in 45 locations across UP’s 23-state network. More are being developed.

UP expects to hire thousands of employees after the economy recovers to replace workers who are expected to retire.

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