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Doing a year’s worth of work in one week may sound like a challenge. Then throw in record heat and rugged terrain. None of that deterred the more than 900 CSX employees who worked safely and successfully to complete the company’s 2012 Maintenance “Jamboree” on a section of our network in the Southeast earlier this month.
The “Jamboree,” an annual event, compresses about a year’s worth of track, signal and bridge maintenance and upgrades into roughly one week, reducing the impact on customers and communities.
“This critical work helps fulfill our commitment to investing in our customers and in the communities in which we operate,” said Oscar Muñoz, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Our engineering forces are the best in the business, working safely to ensure that these lines are safe for our employees, in good repair to keep our customers’ freight moving, and allow American businesses to compete in the global economy.”
This year the company completed nearly $34 million of work during the “Jamboree,” including maintenance and repair of tracks, signals and bridges in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. These projects promote train safety, reliability and service, and benefit customers across CSX’s network. They also help communities by getting all the necessary work done to maintain smooth crossings where roads and highways pass over the tracks.
This work, focused on key routes between Shelby, Ky., and Abbeville, S.C.; and from Bostic, N.C. and Elmwood Junction, S.C. to Newberry, S.C., is part of CSX’s overall maintenance program and the company’s commitment to invest $2.25 billion in its network infrastructure this year.
CSX crews completed the work on the July Fourth holiday, replacing or installing nearly 176,000 cross ties, 2,500 railcars of rock ballast, and 233,000 feet of mainline rail. The crews also installed an additional 59,000 feet of relay rail in the company’s Erwin, Tennessee, yard, repaired or refurbished ten bridges and 255 road crossings, and completed nearly 650 track welds.
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. CSX’s network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX’s network connects more than 240 short line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at our website. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.