UP: Investing $68M in Iowa rail infrastructure

Improvements between Marshalltown and Nevada included

T-R FILE PHOTO UP locomotives are shown in the Marshalltown yard. The company announced earlier this year it will be investing $68 million dollars in rail infrastructure throughout the state.

Beginning the week of June 18, the Union Pacific will be working on its main track between Marshalltown and Nevada.

“The first element of the two-part project includes using a Continuous Action Tamper (CAT) to harden the right of way by packing/tamping the ballast, making the tracks more durable,” said Calli Hite, director of corporate communications. “Then, in mid to late September, the UP will be doing the second portion, which includes undercutting on this same stretch of track. Undercutting is a process where we remove, clean and then replace the rock ballast.” More details on undercutting can be accessed via video at: youtube.com/watch?v=bTaXOyGzhXA.

Overall, the UP plans to Invest $68-million in its Iowa rail infrastructure.

UP’s investment plan funds range of initiatives: $55-million to maintain railroad track and $10 million to maintain bridges in the state.

Key projects planned this year include: $5 million investment in the rail line between Garden City and Bradford to replace 25 miles of rail, and a $10 million investment to replace the bridge over Abbe Creek in Bertram.

UP’s targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Iowa,” said Donna Kush, vice-president of public affairs. “Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state.”

This year’s planned $68-million capital expenditure in Iowa is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2012 to 2016, UP invested more than $330-million strengthening Iowa’s transportation infrastructure.

About the UP

One of America’s most recognized companies, the Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of UP connecting 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain.

From 2007-2016, UP invested approximately $34-billion in its network and operations to support America’s transportation infrastructure.

The railroad’s diversified business mix includes agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, coal, Industrial products and Inter-modal. The UP serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.