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Watco SKOL Neodesha Subdivision Upgrades

A gang installed rail and new ties, and upgraded switches and at-grade crossings along a 19-mile stretch in southeast Kansas.
Project Highlights 
  • Installed jointed rail
  • Installed new ties
  • Upgraded eight switches and 20 at-grade crossings
Neodesha, Kansas
Business Unit 
RailWorks Track Systems
Project Description 

RailWorks crews spent a pair of winter months in southeast Kansas providing multiple upgrades along the Watco-owned South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL). 

Project Scope 

Production gangs out of the Southeast Region upgraded track to accommodate higher track speeds and to meet Federal Railroad Administration standards.

A rail gang worked on the Neodesha Subdivision, a 19-mile section between Cherryvale and Neodesha. After Hurricane Irene delayed the arrival of the originally ordered rail, the crew used jointed rail reclaimed from a RailWorks project for RailAmerica’s New England Central Railroad (NECR) in Vermont. In addition to installing the rail, they installed new ties and upgraded eight switches and 20 at-grade crossings. The project was funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation.