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RAIL EMPLOYMENT

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad

May 2018





Part 1 : C&S Spending Report 2018: Introduction

Part 2 : C&S Spending Report 2018: Freight Railroads

Part 3 : C&S Spending Report 2018: Passenger Railroads

Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad

C&S Spending Report 2018: Freight Railroads



CSX expects to spend $116 million on PTC implementation this year.
Photo – CSX

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CSX
2018 C&S budget: $44 million
2017 C&S budget: $56.5 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: C&S capital focuses on SRO obsolescence, signal reliability, communications upgrades, defect detectors and hump yard improvements.
Note: The budget doesn’t include $116 million expected to be spent on signal upgrades for positive train control (PTC) implementation this year.

Norfolk Southern Corp.
2018 C&S budget: $31 million
2017 C&S budget: $30.8 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Replace process control system (PCS), centralized traffic control (CTC) and direct traffic control (DTC) system at Elkhart Yard, and replace PCS system at Enola Yard.

Canadian Pacific
2018 C&S budget: CA$25 million
2017 C&S budget: CA$30 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Not provided.

Union Pacific Railroad
2018 MOW budget: Not provided
2017 MOW budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Spend about $160 million this year to continue implementing PTC across the network; total cost estimated at $2.9 billion. In Q1, work was focused mainly in southeast Texas and New Mexico. Prepared eight additional track segments for PTC in Q1, boosting the total number of segments to 176, or 97 percent completion.*
* Information from UP’s website

BNSF Railway Co.
2018 MOW budget: Not provided
2017 MOW budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Have installed PTC infrastructure on all 88 required subdivisions, covering more than 11,500 route miles and 80 percent of freight volume. Currently running hundreds of trains daily with PTC to test in revenue service across the entire mandated territory. In 2018, will continue to test and refine the PTC system — which will cost about $2 billion to implement — and work on interoperability, which can’t be tested on a wide scale until other railroads complete their infrastructure installations.*
* Information from BNSF’s website

Texas Pacifico Transportation Ltd.
2018 C&S budget: $15,490,000
2017 C&S budget: $13,263,155
Major C&S projects in 2018: Not provided.

Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Co.
2018 C&S budget: $5 million (part of $13.4 million MOW budget)
2017 C&S budget: $5 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: 3 interlocking upgrades and 1 new interlocking, $11 million project of which $5 million is for C&S.

Conrail
2018 C&S budget: $4.94 million
2017 C&S budget: $8.73 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Continue installation and testing work to support PTC mandate, $3.8 million; and remote control work for River Rouge moveable bridge, $1.5 million.

Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad Inc.
2018 C&S budget: $3,850,000
2017 C&S budget: $1,650,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Related rail replacement.

Belt Railway Co. of Chicago
2018 C&S budget: $3,342,000
2017 C&S budget: $2.372,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Upgrading various C&S equipment as needed.

Montana Rail Link
2018 C&S budget: $2,000,000
2017 C&S budget: $2,580,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: CTC upgrades, $1.2 million.

Pacific Harbor Line
2018 C&S budget: $1,340,000
2017 C&S budget: $1,450,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Installing power-assisted switch dispatch system on other than main track (yard limits) to supplement CTC control by tracking train movement once leaving controlled track, began design in Q1, installation and completion in Q3, $360,000.

Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad LLC
2018 C&S budget: $1,300,000
2017 C&S budget: $850,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Corridor project involving 4 crossings in Cambridge Springs, Pa., flashing lights and gates (FL&G) and circuitry, concrete surfaces and CWR, $1,600,000, complete in August.

North Shore Railroad Co.
2018 C&S budget: $431,945
2017 C&S budget: $914,953
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Not provided.

Progressive Rail Inc.
2018 C&S budget: $400,000
2017 C&S budget: $250,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Not provided.

Central Maine & Quebec Railway
2018 C&S budget: $350,000
2017 C&S budget: $350,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Many small projects planned, the largest being pole line removal used for electrical service to grade crossing protection devices.

Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad
2018 C&S budget: $270,000
2017 C&S budget: $150,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Upgrade one crossing with new FL&G in Lakeville, N.Y.

Iowa Northern Railway Co.
2018 C&S budget: $100,000
2017 C&S budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Modernizing two crossing signal installations with LEDs and upgraded motion detectors.

B&H Rail Corp.
2018 C&S budget: $80,000
2017 C&S budget: $80,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Not provided.

Red River Valley & Western Railroad Co.
2018 C&S budget: $60,000
2017 C&S budget: $82,000
Major C&S projects in 2018: None planned.

Great Western Railway of Saskatchewan
2018 C&S budget: $30,000
2017 C&S budget: $30,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Earlier this year, upgraded 6 signaled grade crossings to LED, so no significant C&S projects for the remainder of the year.

Norfolk Southern Railway employees worked on signals in Atlanta in 2015.
Casey Thomason/Norfolk Southern Railway

Mississippi Export Railroad
2018 C&S budget: $19,450
2017 C&S budget: $7,700
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: None budgeted for 2018.

Madison Railroad
2018 C&S budget: $5,000
2017 C&S budget: $2,500
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Routine maintenance and inspections of communications and signal (only have 1 signal).

OmniTRAX Inc.
2018 C&S budget: Not provided
2017 C&S budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Radio repeater installation, interlocking and grade crossing signal installations or upgrades.

Alaska Railroad Corp.
2018 C&S budget: Not provided
2017 C&S budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Continue to install an Interoperable-Electronic Train Management System® supplied by Wabtec Railway Electronics to comply with PTC mandate; expect to enter revenue service demonstration in August in 1 subdivision, then request a deadline extension from the FRA to Dec. 31, 2020; working on back office system that involves adding a back-office server to a train management and dispatch system. Total estimated cost of project is $171 million.

R. J. Corman Railroad Co.
2018 C&S budget: Not provided
2017 C&S budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Install 5 new signal warning systems, $1 million; and complete 5 signal crossing upgrades with new controllers and LED lights, $150,000.

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