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Fort Drum Track Upgrades

Project Highlights

  • Replaced 28,700 feet of track
  • Replaced 1,610 ties
  • Installed 11 turnouts
United States Government
Watertown, New York
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RailWorks completed a three-phase, $3 million project to remove and replace track and turnouts and a crossing on and around the Fort Drum Army Base in Watertown, N.Y.

The majority of work was performed on Fort Drum. Rail was brought in on flat cars in 80' lengths and unloaded by an on-track Badger and Pettibone speed swing. A crew comprised of an average of 15 employees completed work over a seven-month period.

RailWorks removed and replaced a total of 28,700 feet of track, 1,510 ties and 11 turnouts. They installed three derails and one 100-foot concrete crossing.

Unique Features

Crews endured volatile upstate New York winter weather conditions during the completion of the project, routinely working in sub-zero temperatures.

Fort Drum is headquarters for 22 active and reserve units, including the Army light infantry division that carries on the name of the 10th Mountain Division. The present division supports the mobilization and training about 80,000 troops annually. The early 10th Mountain Division specialized in training for mountain and harsh winter warfare and included ski units.