Union Pacific Railroad Invests More Than $20 Million for Track Improvements to Its Line from West of Grand Island, Neb., to Gibbon, Neb.
Railroad to Use Its Modern Track Renewal Train to Replace Ties and Rail in One Pass
Omaha, Neb., June 22, 2010 Union Pacific will improve Nebraska's transportation infrastructure with a more than $20 million investment to improve the rail line that runs from west of Grand Island, Neb., to Gibbon, Neb.
Work on the nearly 25-mile stretch of railroad track began June 20 and is scheduled to be completed in late July.
The project includes removing and installing new rail and more than 64,500 concrete ties. Crews also will spread more than 84,000 tons of rock ballast to reinforce the roadbed, renew the roadway surfaces at 26 crossings and install six switches – the machines that guide a train from one track to another.
Union Pacific will use a modern track renewal train, the TRT 909, which installs rail and concrete ties in one pass. The TRT can install up to 5,000 ties in a twelve-hour day. The track renewal train consists of approximately 30 rail cars, with each car capable of carrying 210 concrete ties. Three sets of gantry cranes move the concrete ties forward for the TRT to drop into place and the machine then threads the new rail onto the ties. The old wooden ties are picked up and discarded rail is threaded out as the machine works its way down the track. A conveyor positions the removed ties for the gantry cranes to load them onto railcars for movement to a facility for sorting.
Union Pacific plans to spend approximately $2.6 billion in 2010 to support America's current and future freight transportation needs and enhance the safety and efficiency of the railroad's 32,000-mile network. Improved and additional rail capacity benefits everyone. It allows freight rail service to grow, helping to build a cleaner environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, freight trains are nearly four times more fuel efficient than trucks. Motorists also benefit from reduced congestion on highways as a single Union Pacific train can remove up to 300 trucks off our roads.
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Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.
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