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Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011


How many wood ties will Norfolk Southern Railway install this year? Or Union Pacific Railroad? What major bridge projects are on Florida East Coast Railway’s or Alaska Railroad's 2011 slates? What’s the scope of work pegged for station projects at Amtrak or Metra?

For answers, purchase Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011. Available exclusively from Progressive Railroading as a downloadable pdf file, the report includes MOW information derived from 88 freight and passenger railroads — including all eight North American Class is — that participated in a MOW survey conducted earlier this year. The report includes breakdowns on rail, tie and ballast programs; locations and descriptions of siding, switch, interlocking and bridge projects; details on work involving various facilities, including stations, repair shops and administration buildings; and lists of MOW equipment railroads plan to lease or purchase.

Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011 also includes quantities of the various materials freight and passenger railroads plan to install or replace, cost estimates for various projects and components, and the type of machinery and materials needed to perform tasks. In addition, an overview article provides an analysis of the MOW programs and specific work on tap for many of the freight and passenger roads cited in the report.

In fall, Progressive Railroading will provide a report update that will review any additions or subtractions to the 88 railroads’ 2011 MOW programs

To order Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011, which costs $249, log onto The web page will provide instructions on ordering and downloading the pdf file.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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