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Watco SKOL Chanute Subdivision Upgrades

A 24-person tie gang installed 38,000 new ties to upgrade 25 miles of main line and yard track between Cherryvale, Kan., and Chanute, Kan.
Project Highlights 
  • Installed 38,000 new ties
  • Realigned or replaced dislodged or failing ballast, spikes, anchors and tie plates
Track
Chanute, Kansas
Customer 
Watco
Business Unit 
RailWorks Track Systems
Project Description 

In southeast Kansas, RailWorks provided multiple upgrades for the South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL), owned by Watco. 

Project Scope 

A production gang upgraded track on the Chanute Subdivision to meet Federal Railroad Administration standards and allow for higher track speeds.  The project was funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation.  24-person tie gang upgraded 25 miles of main line and yard track between Cherryvale and Chanute. The crew upgraded the track with 38,000 new ties. During the process they also realigned or replaced dislodged or failing components such as ballast, spikes, anchors and tie plates.