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UP set to start track renewal project in L.A. area


Next month, Union Pacific Railroad plans to begin a three-month, $21.3 million track renewal project in the Los Angeles Basin area.

The project includes replacing 43.3 miles of rail between east L.A. and Riverside, Calif., replacing more than 110,000 wood ties with concrete ties and resurfacing grade crossings.

UP plans to use TRT 909 — its new track renewal train — to install the rail and ties in one pass. Designed to install up to 3,000 ties a day, the train comprises about 30 cars that can carry 168 concrete ties each. The train features three sets of gantry cranes and other machines that position and drop ties into place, and thread rail onto the ties.

“Concrete ties offer superior track support and last longer than wooden ties, which should reduce the time the track will have to be out of service for future maintenance,” said Dave Wickersham, UP chief engineer-Midwest and West Regions, in a prepared statement.

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