Union Pacific Railroad Makes Improvements to Its Tracks in Clinton, Iowa
Railroad to Use Its New Track Renewal Train to Replace Ties and Rail in One Pass
Omaha, Neb., June 30, 2008 Union Pacific Railroad is spending $6.25 million this year on track improvements in Clinton, Iowa, and will complete the project in half the time using the railroad's track renewal train (TRT) that replaces ties and rail at the same time.
When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed 17,500 concrete ties; spread 25,700 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; replaced the surfaces at two road crossings; replaced three turnouts that guide a train from one track to another and replaced nearly seven miles of rail. Work on the two road crossings at 7th Ave. and 9th Ave. in Clinton is scheduled for July 1 and July 2. The tie and rail project will begin July 1 and is scheduled to be completed on July 18.
This track improvement project will be completed by Union Pacific's three-year-old track renewal train, the TRT 909. The TRT 909 will install rail and concrete ties in one pass, and can install up to 5,000 ties in a twelve-hour day. About 30 cars - each carrying 210 concrete ties - are part of the TRT. 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 the discarded rail threaded out as the machine works its way down the track. A conveyor moves the removed ties into position for the gantry cranes to load them onto the cars for movement to a facility for sorting. The TRT 909 can install concrete, composite and wooden ties.
The 9th Ave. crossing in Camanche, Iowa, and the Dakin St./Adams Rd. crossing in Fulton, Ill., will be closed during the project because of the trains waiting to pass after crews are finished working during the day.
These improvements are part of the $1.6 billion Union Pacific plans to invest in 2008 to maintain track across its more than 32,300-mile system. This extensive investment in the railroad's track helps ensure Union Pacific has the capability to offer quality and, safe, cost-effective service to meet our customers' current and future transportation needs. Following track improvement projects, communities benefit from smoother road crossing surfaces. Trains do not occupy crossings as long because they can operate more efficiently.
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