They then joined the others for lunch, and I headed home.
They ran trains most of the weekend on M3 (the south or left-hand track in these pictures). You can still see the commuter in the background as they resumed working.
satellite image used to have industrial sidings. This is the area that BNSF used to prefabricate their crossovers. I took quite a view pictures of the move along the tracks because electrons are cheap and I was bored. I'll spare you of most of them.
They lowered the track to the ground when an Amtrak came through. Notice that the trains are now running on M1 (northern most track).
They then hooked front-loaders to both ends and drug the segment down the track into place.
In this view looking South from Joliet Union Depot we see the old signals have been retired, but not yet removed. There are new signals in the background above the end of the Amtrak train. The northbound Amtrack train is on UP/SP/Chicago, Missouri & Western/ICG/Gulf, Mobile & Ohio/Chicago & Alton tracks and the (timecard) westbound intermodal is on BNSF/Santa Fe tracks.
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The following photo demonstrates why I thought, the cranes used for the BNSF job were overkill. Excavators can do the job.
|Larry L Byers posted|
Big work today on the Main Two construction project on the Fort Scott Sub. was the installation of a high-speed turnout on Main One about Mile Post 29 in Spring Hill, Kan. Five excavators lifted the 230-foot-long panel into place in a matter of minutes. (Photos by Larry Byers)
[Here is a video of that operation]