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    BNSF has some capacity-expansion and long-needed maintenance projects lined up for Washington in 2014.

    On February 7, a tie gang will begin on the Sumas Sub installing almost 42,000 ties between Sedro Wooley and Sumas. They will be doing that into mid-March.

    On March 12, a shoulder ballast cleaner and high-speed surfacing crew will begin work on the Yakima Valley and Stampede Subs. They will start at SP&S Jct. in Pasco and work their way west to MP 72, about nine miles east of Palmer Jct.

    On March 14, a production undercutter will begin undercutting Main 2 between Ballard and Mukilteo, MP 6.5 to MP 28 - one month for that work. Between May 6 and May 19, they will work from Voltage, WA to Malaga. May 21 to July 7, undercut between Leavenworth and Skykomish.

    On June 23, there will be a P-811 machine changing out wood for concrete ties on the Bellingham Sub. This is part of the ARRA/high speed rail work. It looks like they will be putting in concrete ties between Samish and Ferndale on select curves. That will take them into early August. Much later in the year, also on the Bellingham Sub, it looks like English might get a new track laid. Rumor has it BNSF wanted three tracks, but was not willing to pay what the property owner was asking. The Mt. Vernon siding extension might happen, too.

    Over on the east side of the state, there is a capacity project on the Lakeside Sub. Starting from Pasco and going east, Cactus siding will get extended about two miles on each end. At Cunningham, the 2 main track gets extended to the west by a couple miles. Sand 2 main track gets a three mile extension to the east to Lind. At Tokio, the siding gets extended three miles west. Between MP 36 and MP 38 a new siding called Lamphier will be built. Finally, Babb connects to Cheney with about 6.5 miles of 2 main tracks. The grading on all of these is either complete or nearing completion. The track work should start April 8 at Cactus.

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    What is "undercutting" and why is it done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    What is "undercutting" and why is it done?
    Picture a 10' chainsaw bar on its side cutting out the ballast underneath the ties. It is done to clear fouled ballast and to restore the drainage function of a clean ballast section. The machine filters the spoils, keeps the good ballast and shoots the dirt out from a conveyor belt. Just enter "undercutter" in Youtube and you'll get a lot of videos.

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    Thanks, Mark. I'll check out those videos.
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    Anything on the list for Vancouver and SW WA?

    Concrete work is continuing on the trench under the Columbia River bridge.

    The new turntable pit concrete work appears finished.

    Jefferson St. and 8th St. crossings are gone.

    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by markgillings View Post
    BNSF has some capacity-expansion and long-needed maintenance projects lined up for Washington in 2014.

    On February 7, a tie gang will begin on the Sumas Sub installing almost 42,000 ties between Sedro Wooley and Sumas. They will be doing that into mid-March.

    On June 23, there will be a P-811 machine changing out wood for concrete ties on the Bellingham Sub. This is part of the ARRA/high speed rail work. It looks like they will be putting in concrete ties between Samish and Ferndale on select curves. That will take them into early August. Much later in the year, also on the Bellingham Sub, it looks like English might get a new track laid. Rumor has it BNSF wanted three tracks, but was not willing to pay what the property owner was asking. The Mt. Vernon siding extension might happen, too.
    more questions mark...you had to expect em...

    is the sumas sub just regular maintenance? or is there a plan to increase traffic on that line?

    and with english, is this just a result of the increased oil traffic? they just built the 4 marsh tracks in the last year or so, for parking the oil and coal trains...i imagine they want to add tracks at english for add'l storage/staging due to increased traffic? are the marsh tracks already maxed out in terms of their usage?

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    From my lonely view from the cab, the Marsh tracks are already being used to capacity from the talk I hear. English must be expanded and Mount Vernon lengthened ASAP so we don't go into grid lock. Hiring and training a bunch of new Conductors and Engineers will help, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcp View Post
    Anything on the list for Vancouver and SW WA?

    Concrete work is continuing on the trench under the Columbia River bridge.

    The new turntable pit concrete work appears finished.

    Jefferson St. and 8th St. crossings are gone.

    Bruce
    Ostrander is being rebuilt now with high speed switches and new cantilever signals. The intermediate signals are being replaced, also for that control point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BNSFEng View Post
    Ostrander is being rebuilt now with high speed switches and new cantilever signals. The intermediate signals are being replaced, also for that control point.
    As are MP 85 and Ridgefield South. There is an accumulation of shipping containers, bungalows, and cantilever parts on the ground at Vader. Big spools of orange conduit and other items recently showed up at Chehalis Junction.
    Stay off the tracks for Pete Sakes!

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    What does a "high speed surfacing crew" do? Shoulder ballast cleaning is obvious, and kinda interesting to see.

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