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Union Pacific Glidden Sub Double Tracking Project – Update from Chimney Rock

February 1, 2013

Let’s continue with my coverage of  Union Pacific’s project to add 5 miles of double track at the far east end of its Glidden subdivision. This post will cover the vicinity near MP 15, in the vicinity of the Chimney Rock Drive grade crossing, over the 6-week period between October 4 and November 21, 2012.

 Looking east toward Heacker on October 4, 2012, the roadbed appears to be substantially completed and rail for the new main has been delivered.

Union Pacific trackwork near MP 15 of Glidden sub in Houston TX

Union Pacific trackwork near MP 15 of Glidden sub in Houston TX

West of Chimney Rock, fill material is still being delivered to build up the subgrade.

Union Pacific trackwork near MP 15 of Glidden sub in Houston TX

Just over 2 weeks after the above images were taken, delivery and placement of crossties was taking place east of Chimney Rock on October 19th.

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It’s an interesting process how the crossties come off the truck and are placed on the roadbed.

concrete crosstie placement on Union Pacific Glidden sub

concrete crosstie placement on Union Pacific Glidden sub

concrete crosstie placement on Union Pacific Glidden sub

concrete crosstie placement on Union Pacific Glidden sub

concrete crosstie placement on Union Pacific Glidden sub

Moving forward to November 21, 2012, the new double track grade crossing for Chimney Rock Drive has been installed. The next two images are looking eastward from the west side of the grade crossing.

new Union Pacific grade crossing at Chimney Rock drive in Houston TX

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Looking east down the new main, it’s almost straight rail.

New mainline on UP Glidden subThe view westward from Chimney Rock :

New mainline on UP Glidden subThe next post will cover the area around Hillcroft Avenue.

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