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6/8/2009



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

UP to upgrade Idaho, Texas lines


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Union Pacific Railroad plans to spend about $25 million to upgrade lines in Texas and Idaho. The projects are part of the Class I’s $1.7 billion capital spending budget for 2009.

The railroad is budgeting $13 million to improve track between Roanoke and Tower 55 in Fort Worth, Texas. To be completed in July, the project calls for removing an installing more than 45,000 ties, spreading 100,000 tons of ballast and renewing road surfaces at 38 grade crossings. In 2007 and 2008, UP spent more than $400 million on capital projects in Texas.

The railroad also is budgeting more than $12 million to improve track between Pocatello and Nampa, Idaho. To be completed this week, the project calls for installing more than 66,000 ties on 35 miles of double track and renewing road surfaces at 55 crossings. Last year, UP spent more than $34 million on capital projects in Idaho.


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