VIDEO: UP shows how it helps move Christmas trees by the thousand

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OMAHA, Neb. — Yes, Virginia, Christmas trees travel by train, and Union Pacific boasts that it has a hand in hauling containers of the yuletide conifers nationwide.

Owners of the Corvallis, Ore., Holiday Tree Farms help Union Pacific railroaders tell the story of how their Oregon-raised Douglas, Noble, Grand, and Nordman firs grow by the thousand each year in an article posted to the western railroad's website.

After growing for two years, Christmas trees get pruned and shaped, then re-shaped for the next several years until they're cut down and hauled by helicopter to a loading yard where trees are ice-packed into cardboard-lined intermodal containers for the dray to Portland, Ore.'s UP yard. From there, Oregon Christmas trees move to California, or around the world.

The full article is available on the Union Pacific website
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