FORT WORTH, Texas — BNSF Railway dispatched four maintenance crews last month to replace rail and ties between Galveston and Temple, and Alvord and Rhome, Texas.
“This project is part of our ongoing effort to maintain our infrastructure to ensure we meet our customers’ needs for reliability and timely service,” said Dave Freeman, BNSF’s vice president, Engineering. “Our continuing maintenance program is an example of BNSF’s commitment to its customers and the communities it serves.”
Approximately 130 BNSF employees will work until mid-February replacing more than 50,000 ties and almost 22 track miles of rail. The total cost of these projects is about $10 million. Crews will utilize equipment such as cranes, welders and ballast tampers to replace rail at a rate of almost one mile a day.
Materials replaced on the rail line will be reused or recycled in keeping with BNSF’s environmental stewardship policies.
To allow the BNSF crew time to replace the rail, sections of track will be closed periodically until the work is complete.