Essar Steel Plant
- Constructed more than 65,000 feet of track
- Built nine turnouts
RailWorks built the track and turnouts for Essar Steel’s new taconite and steel plant in Minnesota.
RailWorks crews laid more than 65,000 feet of track and built nine turnouts as part of the six-month, $9 million project.
RailWorks supplied new, 115# rail for the main line and siding tracks. The project featured a Y track off the main line; then two 7,500-foot siding tracks on the project’s south end. The 6-mile main track continued to the north yard, where two 3,000-foot sidings and a 2,000-foot tail track were constructed.
The turnouts constructed were UP/BNSF common standard turnouts – five # 11’s and four # 9’s.
The plant site is in a heavily wooded area without blacktop access. The initial rail lengths had to be delivered by truck in order to complete the first 3,000 feet of the project. After that, the rest of the rail could arrive by rail car on the newly laid track.
The BNSF will service the facility when it’s up and running. The plant will be the first in North America to have mining and steelmaking on a single site.