Back on a Full Speed Track

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 2, Pg. 38-39

Document Type: Feature article


A $30 million rehabilitation project is transforming a Massachusetts rail line that shows its age and poor maintenance history. Rehabilitating the line from Bristol County, Mass. to Hyannis on Cape Cod will allow trains transporting tourists as well as coal, lumber, and other freight to travel at full speeds. The rail restoration consists of a two-phase track and signal rehabilitation plus a multi-phased plan to repair and replace several stations and some 30 bridges. The first phase covered 65 miles of track resurfacing and lining, installing 140,000 crossties and 3 miles of continuously welded rail and rebuilding 70 crossings. A second phase includes 32 additional miles of continuously welded rail, 40 miles of track resurfacing and lining and new or upgraded signals at 55 crossings.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Rehabilitation | Railroad tracks | Railroad grade crossings | Freight transportation | Railroad bridges | Railroad stations | Traffic signals | Massachusetts | United States

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