The group that operates the Union Pacific Railroad Museum is looking for a few hundred more U.P. employees, rail fans and other Nebraska drivers to sign up for its new specialty license plate.
So far, about 150 people have paid $70 each to buy the plates, which feature a yellow U.P. engine pulling a train near a farm field, with the Omaha skyline in the background.
The number needs to be 500, if the Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum — the nonprofit group that runs the Council Bluffs museum — want the plates to become a reality.
The plate design was unveiled Feb. 17 and U.P. has been reaching out to its nearly 8,000 Nebraska employees with internal announcements, e-mails and even a booth near the cafeteria at the company's downtown Omaha headquarters.
Neither U.P. nor the Friends of the Museum would make money off of the plates. U.P. spokesman Mark Davis said the company sees them as another part of its 150th anniversary celebration, which will include events throughout the year.
The Friends are hoping to reach the 500-plate minimum by the end of the week, with the goal of having the plates ready by early spring.
If that happens, the group would be the second in Nebraska to get its own plate since a new law went into effect last year. The first was Creighton University; about 900 people have those plates.
If the Nebraska plate is a success, the Friends plan to look into getting specialty plates in other states, including Iowa.
To get a plate, vehicle owners must fill out an application, which is available at www.up.com. Then, send a $70 personal check written to the Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum to: Tina Abbott-Bowerman, Union Pacific Center, 1400 Douglas St., STOP 1550, Omaha, NE 68179.
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