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UP to bolster track in Kansas, Nebraska


Union Pacific Railroad plans to spend $13.5 million to upgrade lines in Nebraska and Kansas.

A $7.5 million project calls for improving a 10-mile line from North Platte to O’Fallons, Neb. To be completed in early May, the work includes removing and installing rail and more than 23,600 concrete ties. Crews also will spread more than 31,000 tons of ballast and renew roadway surfaces at six grade crossings.

During the project, UP plans to use its TRT 909 track renewal train, which can install rail and concrete ties in one pass. The train includes 30 rail cars that can haul 210 concrete ties each.

Meanwhile, a $6 million project calls for improving a line from near Bunker Hill to Walker, Kan. Work includes removing and installing more than 20 miles of rail and more than 10,000 ties, spreading 10,000 tons of ballast and renewing surfaces at 28 crossings. Tie replacement is scheduled to be completed in mid-May; other work will be completed by mid-August, UP said.

For more information on UP’s and other Class Is’ maintenance-of-way (MOW) plans in 2010, follow this link to MOW coverage that appears in Progressive Railroading’s April issue.

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