FORT WORTH, Texas — In June, BNSF Railway Company will send four maintenance of way crews to begin undercutting track (the removal, repair and replacement of ballast) and replacing ties and rail on BNSF’s mainline between Custer and Glendive, Mont. The crews are expected to undercut six miles of track, replace more than 75,000 ties and lay approximately 22 track miles of rail.
“Our rail lines in Montana are essential for Montana farmers and America’s wheat harvest. Almost 150,000 bushels of grain came out of the state via our tracks last year,” said Dave Freeman, BNSF vice president, Engineering. “We make it a priority to keep those tracks in excellent condition.”
Around 90 BNSF employees are expected to complete the $11 million project in late July.
BNSF expects to spend about $2 billion this year to keep the railway’s infrastructure strong by upgrading technologies and refreshing track, signal systems, structures and freight cars.