first part of 2004, ICTF had only one FRA reportable injury. As
of this time last year, there were 4 injuries with a total of 5 in
calendar year 2003.
Below two photos courtesy of Robert Leabow.
Union Pacific employees are a cross
section of what makes
up this great country and come in all colors and sizes one can imagine
and others beyond imagination. Everyone who took the time to
event must have gone home or to their next part of the day with a smile
on their face and some tasty lunch happily lodged in their
stomachs. ICTF was established by the
Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and the Southern Pacific
Transportation Company in 1987 in a bold move that has
become a core business for most railroads.
Below right photo courtesy of Tony Czuleger.
The facility is across
the street from the Alameda Corridor and close to the Union Pacific
Locomotive Facility at Interstate 405 and Alameda Street. It is
also just 4 miles from the Ports of Long Beach and Los
Angeles which are accessable via Alameda Street and the Terminal Island
Freeway. The main terminal at ICTF is 1.3 miles long by 900 feet
wide, about 226 acres. Family day was set up at the south end of
ICTF by the office complex and vehicular entrance gate.
Organizations represented included Union Pacific Police Canine Unit,
Long Beach Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department,
Transloading Services hazmat response team, Pacific Transportation
Federal Credit Union, Health Track-a health maintenance organization
and Operation Lifesaver. At 10 a.m. just a
few people were at the event and then many showed up, at least 700
people. At check in , visitors signed a release form and
employees got large plastic covered cups with the U.P. logo as well as
a two sided
tee shirt sampling nicely from the U.P. logo treasure chest.
Everyone got either a white or purple raffle ticket. Inside the
lobby, a Health Track gave out free cholesterol and blood pressure
U.P.'s booth had a variety of gifts
for playing tic-tac-toe. I
had my heart set on what they called a conductors hat which is pin
striped with the U.P. logo embroidered on the front. Many friends
and family of
Union Pacific employees stopped by the Operation Lifesaver booth.
Operation Lifesaver is a national
non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public regarding
highway-rail grade crossing safety. At least one person said that
the Operation Lifesaver booth was the
most important one there. O.L. had a kids scale village
complete with warning lights and gates. About seven
persons manned the booth and kids area. Booth personnel directed
families with kids to tour the kids through the Metrolink
Village where they were instructed to stop, listen, and look both ways
after a train has passed. Then they visited the booth where they
were rewarded with a bag full of useful information and assorted
Below four photos courtesy of Robert Leabow.
Most bags included paper Metrolink
trains, hats, activity
books with crayons, nice insulated lunch bags, pencils, two pieces of
adult O.L. information and a slap bracelet. One other detail to
help demonstrate railroad safety was the beautiful train that Union
Pacific and Metrolink put together and brought from Los Angeles that
very morning. Visitors were encouraged to stroll through the
Metrolink coach that was sandwiched between Metrolinik F-40 number 800
and U.P. 5013, a recent SD-70 which was also open for cab visits.
Below two photos courtesy of Robert Leabow.
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Every quarter or half hour, the
freight locomotive's horn would sound
with a few seconds of bell. This special train was run from
Metrolink's Central Maintenance Facility to ICTF via the Alameda
Corridor. Several times during the day various
U.P. intermodal trains crept north on the Pacific Harbor Line Manuel
subdivision. A large tent was set up in the middle of the lot
dining) between the train on the west and a building on the east.
This is where the master of ceremonies introduced a few managers and
then called out raffle tickets for an hour and a half, ending with a
wide screen television. All the while this was going on, ICTF had
a buffet going that was very good. I passed up the hot dogs for a
tortilla filled with shredded beef, great salsa, a side of beans
and a huge bowl of salad. Canned drinks were in tubs filled with
ice while dessert was cake. They had copious amounts of
everything including the legendary Southern California weather.
Today ICTF was a busy terminal hosting a morale building and social
event. Number 2 in command at ICTF, terminal manager John Yettaw
deserves a round of applause for a
successful event. Many employees helped Mr. Yettaw make the
Family Day a success. I heard people cheering when their friends
won a raffle prize. At least one nice U.P. safety employee from
the Dolores Locomotive Facility recognized me and commented on my
Locomotive Facility Family Day
story. The event peaked after
2 p.m. and by 3 p.m. most
people had moved onto the next part of their day post Family
ICTF and returning the train to Los Angeles
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