Union Pacific Railroad Makes Track Improvements Between Des Moines and Kansas City

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Railroad is spending $8.2 million this year on track improvements between Des Moines, Iowa, and Kansas City, Mo.

Upon completion of the projects, crews will have removed and installed 55,400 ties; spread 10,700 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; replaced the surfaces at 31 road crossings, and replaced 2.5 miles of rail in various curves on the line.  Work began on these projects in January and is scheduled to be completed by January 2008.

Crews are currently replacing 33,000 wooden ties between Williamson, Iowa, and near Chariton, Iowa, and are scheduled to be completed late-October. Beginning in early November, crews will begin replacing 22,400 ties between Lock Springs, Mo., and near Tindall, Mo. This part of the project is to be completed by January 2008.

These improvements are part of the $1.5 billion Union Pacific is planning to spend in 2007 to maintain its track across its more than 32,300-mile system.

— Special to Railfanning.org News Wire