Union Pacific Railroad Makes Improvements to Its Tracks Between Ft. Worth and Sweetwater, Texas
Omaha, Neb., March 2, 2005 Union Pacific Railroad is spending $41.7 million this year on track improvements between Ft. Worth and Sweetwater, Texas.
The improvements include:
- Removing and installing 243,500 ties between Brazos and Sweetwater;
- Replacing 46 miles of rail between West Ft. Worth and Brazos;
- Spreading 114,740 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed between West Ft. Worth and Sweetwater;
- Surfacing and lining 196 miles of track to provide a smooth ride for trains and
- Replacing the surfaces at 184 road crossings.
Preliminary work is underway, with a bulk of the projects beginning May 8. The projects are scheduled to be completed by mid-August.
These improvements are part of more than $1 billion Union Pacific is planning to spend in 2005 to maintain its track across the 33,000-mile system.
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.
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