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Caltrain to kick off rail grinding project

The work will begin in San Francisco and proceed south.
Photo – Caltrain


Caltrain tomorrow will begin a two-week rail grinding project aimed at reducing noise impacts for local communities near the railroad's right of way.

A rail-mounted, locomotive-sized grinder will be used to restore the shape of the rail to its original configuration, Caltrain officials said in a press release.

The work, which will begin in San Francisco and proceed south, is expected to create smoother rides for passengers.

Because the maintenance equipment must be used during times of reduced train traffic, the grinding will occur in the evening and early morning.

To learn about other railroads' track maintenance plans, read Progressive Railroading's 2017 MOW Spending Report in the magazine's April issue.