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What Does a Railroad Track Contractor Do?

The Importance of the Railway System

What does a railroad track contractor do? While many people might consider railroads a thing of a bygone era, they still offer an incredible means of transport for a variety of raw materials and goods that must make their way across the contiguous United States. Steel, lumber, and all manner of incredibly important industrial necessities make their way en masse through railroads. Without these materials, many industries would come to a screeching halt as their means of production have been stifled. As you might imagine, this means that the railroad system in the United States serves an incredibly important function as part of the backbone of the economic growth of the country.

What Services does a Railroad Track Contractor Offer?

In the aforementioned paragraph, we talked about how important the railway system is to economic growth and for the function of many critical industries. Because of how important the railway system is, it means that there must always be talented people who can maintain the integrity of the railroads to ensure their proper functioning.

Railroad Track Consulting

How many people do you know have intimate knowledge of how railroad tracks work? Like all industries a compliant and certified railroad track contractor can offer professional counsel on how to lay tracks, repair them, maintain them, and most importantly understand what to look for when performing an inspection.

Railroad Track Rehabilitation

Track rehabilitation provides the bulk of services for many railroad contractors. Many existing railways have been around for several decades. From rain to snow to sunshine the elements beat on these tracks every single day. Spanning hundreds of miles it isn’t unusual that many parts of tracks become exceedingly worn over time and are in need of serious repair lest they risk derailments, loss of cargo, and other impediments to business as well as passenger safety.

Track maintenance and rehabilitation go hand in hand. Remember it’s not just the tracks themselves that require touch ups but also the more intricate parts such as the switches, bolts, fasteners.

New Rail Construction

We’ve already observed how critical the railway system is to industry, so it makes sense that laying new tracks is important after project design and surveying efforts have brought forth the best solutions for current pathing needs. As companies grow and expand, naturally they will need to be a part of a new line or connected to a current track line so that they can transport their goods as efficiently as possible.

Midwest Railroad Contractor

R&S Track has been servicing the track maintenance needs of the Midwest since 1987! We have an excellent—no pun intended, track record of getting the job done. We are OSHA safety compliant, DOT safety compliant, as well as ISNET certified.

Servicing railways is a job that has a level of danger that comes with it. It is crucial that you partner with a railroad contractor that not only can get the job done, but also respects the rails.

Contact us today for all of your railway servicing needs and we’ll be happy to answer your call as well as any questions you may have.

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Midwest floods have maintenance crews scrambling to restore track

The rail-contracting community has put considerable numbers of workers and equipment into the field, as railroads look to rebuild washed-out sections of track from Midwest floods. “We’re operating 24/7,” said Greg Grissom, president of GREX. “GREX has 29 trains working the flooding in Nebraska and 40 employees on the jobs. That’s a total of 379 cars of ballast being unloaded at any given time.”

James Hansen, chief commercial officer of Herzog, reached by Railway Track and Structures as he boarded a helicopter to survey damage, said his company had also committed workers and equipment to the cause.

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Rail Service Between Seattle and Tacoma Dates Back More Than a Century

Anyone with a working knowledge of local history of rail service will remember that Tacoma outpaced the backwater of Seattle during the 1870s, particularly after the Northern Pacific Railroad selected the City of Destiny as the terminus for its transcontinental railroad in 1873.

Seattle feared that it would be cut off from the rest of the economic boom in the growing West Coast if it didn’t have rail service to bring settlers – and their dollars – to the Emerald City and to shuttle its lumber and products to markets back East. That changed when Henry Villard gained controlling shares of the Northern Pacific and pledge to run rails between Tacoma and Seattle, where he just happened to have significant real estate holdings he was interested in selling.

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Norfolk Southern rail bridge collapses in Missouri flooding

According to the Railway Track and Structures (RT&S) website, Norfolk Southern Rail Bridge has suspended service in Missouri between Moberly and Kansas City. The bridge and track weight capacity on this stretch is 286,000 pounds. The Class 1 railroad issued a service alert saying that it is “working with our interline partners to detour freight traffic over alternative gateways. Customers with traffic operating to and from the Kansas City area should expect a 48- to 72-hour delay.”

Debris and high floodwaters have been issues for the past several days near the Grand River Bridge in Brunswick, Missouri. National Weather Service (NWS) Flood Warnings, housed inside the FreightWaves SONAR Critical Events platform, remain posted along the Missouri River. A Twitter video shows the bridge dropping into the river on the evening of October 2. The NWS Missouri Basin River forecast center tweeted earlier today, October 3, that backwater from debris caused the Brunswick gauge to rise. R&S Track is monitoring the situation with the Norfolk Southern Rail Bridge.