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Sunset Route Double Track Update
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George_Harris
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Re: Sunset Route Double Track Update
 
« Reply #20 on: Oct 7th, 2010, 9:21pm »
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The work returns - sort o.  The following is a quote from a UP press release of October 6:
 
Quote:
Roseville, Calif., October 06, 2010 Union Pacific Railroad will continue its aggressive investment in American transportation infrastructure by reigniting its double-track initiative on the Sunset Route in the Southwestern United States. With an investment of roughly $18 million by the end of this year, Union Pacific will complete the double-track of nine miles of this premium line in Imperial County, Calif., and another 9 miles in Maricopa County, Ariz., with more work planned for 2011. This project is part of a $2.6 billion total spend by Union Pacific in 2010 to support current and future freight transportation needs of its customers.

 
All the above to say they are going to install two new 9-mile segments of second main, without being specific as to the where.  Each of these counties has over 100 miles of Sunset line main.


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TVGenius
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Re: Sunset Route Double Track Update
 
« Reply #21 on: Oct 15th, 2010, 9:42pm »
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Just a hunch, but I think the stretch in Imperial County will be about MP 715, between Glamis and Araz. As of this spring there was a stretch near Ogilby Rd where a second road bed had been in preparation before the work stopped, so it seems possible that's where they'll pick up. Also seems that the mountains of corrugated steel pipe at the East Yuma yard has grown a bit lately. Hadn't changed a bit during the work stoppage, except when the wind scattered it around the yard.

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George_Harris
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Re: Sunset Route Double Track Update
 
« Reply #22 on: Feb 28th, 2011, 7:28pm »
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An update of sorts:
 
TVGenius:  You appear to have gotten it right
 
Westcoast rail forums gives the California segment mentioned in the  October 2010 press release as being between mileposts 714.75 and 723.75.  The thread includes a map and a number of pictures.   This segment appears to be filling the gap between the east end of Cactus Siding and the west end of double track at Araz, although the mileposts listed do not match the milepost given for these points in the 2006 employee timetable.    Given that pictures were taken in November 2010 and were of the track under construction (the track itself, not the roadbed), this track should surely be in service by now.  
 
The California section reduces the length of single track from 107.1 miles to 93.7 miles, assuming that the beginning of the second track is the same as the west end of Cactus siding.
 
609.6 West Indio    
.....|.|.........9.1      
..618.7 Thermal    
......|........93.7  
..711.9 Cactus    
.....|.|.......20.2    
..732.1 Colorado    
......|..........0.3  (Colorado River Bridge)    
..732.4 Yuma    
 
These numbers are my guessses, as I no longer have any access to employee timetables or General Orders.


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