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KCSR completes trackwork on Missouri/Kansas line


On Nov. 17, Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR) completed upgrades to a siding in Blue Valley, Mo., capping off a project designed to rehabilitate and improve track structure on the Pittsburg Subdivision between Kansas City, Mo., and Pittsburg, Kan.

The railroad upgraded the siding from 115- to 136-pound rail and replaced #12 turnouts with #20 turnouts. Earlier this year, crews rehabilitated the Pittsburg Sub line by installing 105,300 feet of new rail and 86,600 new ties.

The trackwork will enable KCSR to increase velocity on the line and enhance safety.

“We’re able to increase the train speed on 11 miles of the Pittsburg Subdivision and Blue Valley siding, one of the most highly utilized sidings on our system,” said Midwest Division General Manager Chad Devenney in an item posted on the “KCS News” web page.

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