Union Pacific to Improve 95 Crossing Surfaces and Return Train Speed Back to Original Speed on Two Rail Lines in the San Antonio Area
Omaha, Neb., January 19, 2005 Union Pacific Railroad will improve the crossing surfaces at a total of 95 crossings and return the speed of its trains to the original speed on two rail lines operating in the San Antonio area after extensive track improvements are completed on each line.
On Union Pacific’s line serving City Public Service’s J.T. Deely Power Plant, beginning January 24 the speed will be increased 10 miles an hour each week until the original maximum speed of 30 mph is reached on February 8. Currently, trains operate over this line at 10 mph because of track and operating constraints. Recent track improvements costing $4.7 million enable train speeds to be returned to the line’s original maximum speed.
Crews replaced and installed 22,200 ties; spread 7,200 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; replaced seven miles of rail and upgraded the driving surfaces at 40 grade crossings on this line. Several grade crossings on this line include: Loop 536, Uvalde Rd., Southcross St., Loop 13 (SW Military), East White St., Riverside Dr. and South Graf Rd.
Beginning February 15, the rail line that runs from downtown north of I-10, out to C. W. Anderson Loop continuing on to the rock quarries, will have the speed increased five miles an hour each week until the original maximum speed of 25 mph is reached on March 1. Currently, trains operate over the line at 10 mph because of track and operating constraints.
On this line, crews are replacing 21,000 ties; spreading 7,200 tons of rock ballast; replacing four miles of rail in curves and upgrading the driving surfaces at 55 grade crossings. This $5.9 million project began in January and is scheduled to be completed by the end of February 2005. Several grade crossings on this line include: Probandt St., S. Flores St., Orsinger Ln., Wurzbach Rd., Dreamland Dr., West Ave., Jackson Keller Dr. and Basse Rd.
The crossing surface work on both lines is expected to be completed by May, 2005.
Union Pacific has raised train speeds through several communities following necessary highway/railroad grade crossing signal modifications and has found that not only do the trains operate more efficiently, but also motorists are not stopped at the crossings as long.
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