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AUDIO: Top Stories 2011: High-speed rail upgrades

This was the year the Track Renewal Train came through Central Illinois and upgraded train tracks from south to north.

McLean County Engineer Eric Schmitt said in June that detours had to be created.

“One crossing is open in Lexington at all times, so the combination with the sewer project there has made it a little more difficult,” Schmidt said.

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Streets in Normal closing for high-speed rail work

Pantagraph

If you routinely travel across the Fell Avenue or Broadway railroad crossings, you’ll need to change your route starting Thursday. The two crossings will be closed until July 8 so Union Pacific Railroad workers can install high-speed rails.

Town Engineer Gene Brown said northbound Fell and Broadway traffic will be detoured using Vernon Avenue and Beaufort Street. Southbound traffic will be detoured to Beaufort, Linden Street and Vernon. Signs will be posted.

Crews will install the new line by hand rather than using the Track Renewal Train, which has been used on the bulk of the rest of the project upgrading the line from St. Louis to near Dwight.

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Track Renewal Train makes progress in Central Illinois

WJBC

It’s another sign that high speed rail is on the way to Central Illinois. A Track Renewal Train, or TRT, is making its way north. The machine removes wooden rail ties and replaces them with concrete ties in one swift motion. The machine can install up to 5,000 concrete ties a day. Track work has been completed in Normal and Lexington.

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Machine helping with high-speed rail transition

Pantagraph

A one-of-a-kind machine that lays the new high-speed rail line from St. Louis to Dwight at a pace of 30 feet per minute is expected to roll into the Twin Cities by mid-May.

In one motion, the half-mile long Track Renewal Train (TRT) removes the old rail and wooden ties and replaces them with new rail and concrete ties.

“Crews used to do 200 to 300 ties a day in the ’80s; now we can do 5,000 a day with this machine,” said Jason Meisheimer, command center supervisor for the Union Pacific Railroad track renewal group.

That pace is a key for the rail corridor because it is used by Amtrak trains 10 times a day.

“The TRT is used in high volume rail traffic areas when closing time is time sensitive,” said Mark Davis, director of corporate relations and media for the Northern Region of Union Pacific Railroad.

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High Speed Rail improvements to hit Bloomington-Normal in two weeks

WJBC

High Speed Rail is expected to live up to its name next month when construction starts through Bloomington-Normal. The Normal Town Council heard an update Monday night on the timeline. Uptown Development Director Wayne Aldrich says residents will see new ties, new rail, and a really big machine moving through the tracks in the Twin Cities. It’s called the Track Renewal Train, and will work from south to north.

“They also have some drainage improvements to complete in this area, which we’re very positive about, because there are some drainage issues out there right now,” Aldrich said.

The state Transportation Department will close about two crossings at a time. Town Engineer Gene Brown says Fell and Broadway will probably be done at the same time.

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High-speed railbed inches northward

Lincoln Courier

Illinois’ high-speed rail initiative received a boost last week when the state learned it would receive another $42 million in rail funding, making the most of Wisconsin and Ohio’s rejection of $1.2 billion in high-speed rail money from the federal government.

With newly elected Republican governors who oppose high-speed rail in both states, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the Obama administration was taking away the money from the two states and awarding it to 12 others, including Illinois, California and Florida.

High-speed rail work in Illinois began in September when Union Pacific railroad crews began upgrading 90 miles of Union Pacific track from just north of Alton to just south of Springfield, as well as just north of Springfield to south of Lincoln in Elkhart, for high-speed rail.

The first phase of construction on a $1.2 billion high-speed rail corridor between St. Louis and Chicago reached Logan County in November, and The Courier recently caught up with Union Pacific crews as they were preparing to close up shop for the winter in Elkhart.

“I’ve worked for 37 years with Union Pacific Railroad, and this is one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done,” said Union Pacific foreman Deland Humphries.

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