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11/29/2006



Rail News: Communication and Signal

Idaho short line installs Transpo's crossing panel system at Boise grade crossing



Last month, Idaho Northern & Pacific Railroad Co. (INPR) installed a Transpo Industries Inc. crossing panel system at a Boise, Idaho, grade crossing — the first crossing in the state to feature circular light-emitting diode (LED) flashing red lights built into individual crossing panels. Only five crossings in Nebraska have similar systems, Transpo said.

The company’s BODAN® crossing panel system includes polymer concrete surface panels that are twice as strong as portland cement used in traditional crossings, Transpo said. The system is designed to transfer vehicle axle loads directly to rails.

An average of two trains and 30,000 motor vehicles use the crossing daily. Since 1991, four collisions — two involving injuries — occurred at the crossing because motorists failed to stop, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

Owned by Rio Grande Pacific Corp., INPR operates four branch lines totaling 210 track miles in southwestern Idaho and northeastern Oregon.


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