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6/26/2003



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CSXT to begin annual July 'Jamboree'


On June 30, CSX Transportation plans to begin another "Jamboree" — an eight-day track maintenance blitz covering more than 300 miles in parts of Tennessee, Virginia, and North and South Carolina. The work will focus on CSXT's mainline between Elkhorn City, Ky., and Greenwood, S.C.


More than 1,200 workers (in 16 tie, rail, bridge and other teams) will replace 138,000 feet of rail and 117,300 ties, improve 153 road crossings, surface 178 track miles, rework four bridges and 11 tunnels, and clear 67 miles of brush.


"The Jamboree ensures that maintenance is completed as safely and efficiently as possible in the shortest period of time necessary," CSXT officials said in a prepared statement.


Under a typical 12-hour curfew, the work would take CSXT more than 20 weeks to complete, the railroad said. CSXT expects to complete the project no later than July 8.


In 1999, a CSXT machine operator coined the term "Jamboree" during a smaller-scale track-maintenance project on the railroad's Chicago-to-Evanston, Ind., line. Since then, the Class I has conducted several Jamborees each year, with a large track-maintenance project usually conducted in early July.


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