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Indiana Power Plant

Tank cars that will move outbound product are staged in the yard of the newly constructed power plant.
Project Highlights 
  • Built a 6½-mile spur including six signalized road crossings
  • Constructed 4 miles of ladder and yard track
  • Installed nearly 29,000 CXT concrete ties
  • Constructed two, multi-plate bridge structures and a triplebox concrete culvert
Track
Signals & Communications
Edwardsport, Indiana
Customer 
Large Electric Utility in Indiana
Business Unit 
RailWorks Track Services
Project Description 

RailWorks installed a 6½ mile spur and 4 miles of ladder and yard track to facilitate shipments from a coal mine to an electric utility in Indiana.

Project Scope 

The 618-megawatt operation in Knox County, Indiana, taps a local and abundant energy source from the Bear Run Coal Mine in neighboring Sullivan County. To facilitate coal shipments from the mine, RailWorks Track Services put in 10½ miles of track coming off of Indiana Southern Railroad’s lead track: a 6½-mile spur including six signalized road crossings installed by RailWorks Signals & Communications, and 4 miles of ladder and yard track inside the plant. Along the way RailWorks installed nearly 29,000 CXT concrete ties and also constructed two, multi-plate bridge structures and a triplebox concrete culvert.

Over the 22 months RailWorks was at work, plans for the plant sometimes needed to be modified, as is common on practically any project of this magnitude. Heavy rains and flooding were issues.  RailWorks’ baseline schedule was revised and extended on several occasions, making it necessary to rethink the work plan and make adjustments. Numerous change orders were negotiated with detail and accuracy. 

Helping to counter the challenges: a strong rapport with the customer, the byproduct of having worked on multiple past jobs together at their plants throughout Indiana. Besides leaning on strong work ties, RailWorks relied on savvy administration of material procurement and equipment utilization to achieve efficiencies and save time and money.