Projects

  • CA High Speed Rail – BNSF Plan Review

    CA High Speed Rail – BNSF Plan Review

    RailPros Field Services is providing the BNSF with plan and specification review for California High Speed Rail Agency (CHSRA) Construction Packages 1 thru 4 between Madera, CA and Bakersfield, CA, with a combined construction cost in excess of $2.5 billion. The services include review of overhead structures, intrusion barriers, track realignment, drainage, access, and utility relocations.

    Construction Package (CP) 1 from Madera, CA to American Ave. south of Fresno, CA has seven grade separations over BNSF which includes one rail-over-rail crossing and numerous utility relocations along the BNSF’s Stockton Subdivision.

    CP 2-3 from E. American Ave. to one mile north of the Tulare-Kern County Line along the BNSF Bakersfield Subdivision, with two rail-over rail, ten grade separations and three track relocations along the 60+ mile section with more than one-third of the HSR alignment parallel to BNSF.

  • Global Industries

    Global Industries

    Global Industries, Inc., in cooperation with the Kansas City Southern Railway, has entered into a project which is being design by RailPros Field Services. The site is being built on 275 acres and will consist of three loop tracks, two inner loop tracks, a 150-car storage track area, and a 3600 ft unloading track on the loop tracks. These unloading tracks will be designed to accommodate both light and heavy crude oils as well as other materials such as ethanol and gasoline. The site will have a tank storage facility and a dock loading area for barge loading with future plans for ship loading. RailPros Field Services has been involved with the development of the site and coordinated the work with the KCS and Global, from the conceptual plans to constructing planning. In addition, RPFS was involved in some aspects of the permitting and coordinated access across the Corp of Engineers drainage canals. Access was accommodated by design of a through truss railroad bridge and two roadway bridges, with one being grade separated to handle vehicular traffic and emergency access. The track design was done to handle a minimum of five unit trains at one time on the site. Operational analysis confirmed the ability for train movements to continue in and out of the site without congesting the tasks of unloading multiple trains at one time and allowing empty trains to move off the site at the same time.

  • Lumberton Siding

    Lumberton Siding

    RailPros Field Services was tasked by BNSF to do an initial assessment for the best location for the potential design of a meet siding on the Gulf Division, Silsbee Subdivision outside of Beaumont, Texas. RPFS, in coordination with the BNSF engineering staff, reviewed various locations that best fit the needs for placement of a siding track. The evaluations were based on whether or not right-of-way was a factor, structures impacts, curves, and grade crossings. Upon review, the best fit location was determined and RPFS designed the construction documents. The subsequent design was successfully completed and met BNSF’s time constraints. The project has recently been out for bid and is currently preparing for construction.

  • Union Pacific Railroad Fresno Material Yard

    Union Pacific Railroad Fresno Material Yard

    RailPros Field Services managed and provided engineering services for the design of an industrial yard for Union Pacific. This project consisted of replacing existing turnouts and relaying existing track for the lead into this facility and design of two new rail spurs into this materials storage facility for the proposed industry. Plans, profiles, typical sections, cross sections, grading and drainage plans, and erosion control plans were developed. RailPros Field Services coordinated with the railroad for utility protection and relocation.

  • City of Spanish Fork Rail Consolidation Study

    City of Spanish Fork Rail Consolidation Study

    RailPros Field Services managed and provided engineering services for concept track plans for the consolidation of the two Union Pacific Provo Subdivision mainline tracks through the cities of Spanish Fork, Mapleton, and Springville. This project consisted of realigning the west mainline track to be at 20’ track centers with the east mainline track and within the east railroad right-of-way. Elimination of the west corridor would result in the elimination of several at-grade crossings and open the area up for development. Alternative alignments were developed based on UPRR mainline design standards for horizontal curvature for various track slopes ranging from 1.4% to 2% to make up the difference in grades with the east mainline already sloping up at 1%. Preliminary profiles were developed based on aerial imagery and 5’ contour DTM files to evaluate the grades of the mainline tracks for these multiple alternatives. A preliminary cost estimate was developed based on two alternatives, one of which included multiple grade separation structures.

  • UP Double Track Sunset Route

    UP Double Track Sunset Route

    For the last ten years, RailPros Field Services staff has provided construction management and inspection services on several segments of the Sunset Route Capacity Improvement Project. This Union Pacific  project extends from Colton, CA to El Paso, TX. The project entails construction of hundreds of miles of new second main track; new or revised industrial spur connections; several hundred culverts, minor bridges, and drainage facilities; five major bridge structures; and three additional railroad bridge grade separations. Responsibilities include coordinating construction activities between the prime contractor; multiple UP departments and divisions; utility entities; city; county; state; and other government agencies; interstate pipelines; and fiber optic companies. Other responsibilities included contract administration and management, including regulatory compliance; document control; cost control; change order management; invoice review; administering weekly project meetings; schedule management; component and material expediting; contract interpretation; compliance with contract documents; compliance with UP standards and AREMA recommended practices; progress reporting; maintaining daily diaries; railroad flagging coordination; and tracking RWP qualification.

  • Motiva Yard Port Arthur TX

    Motiva Yard Port Arthur TX

    RailPros Field Services provided inspection and project management for the Kansas City Southern (KCS) on this large scale track project. RailPros was the “boots on the ground” to provide supervision for the contractors and KCS forces. The Port Arthur Yard project consisted of grading, site drainage, and construction of three miles of track and building 12 new switches. RailPros Field Services was responsible for contractor safety; QA/QC of  contractor work; making sure track corrections were up to standard; inspecting and overseeing the entire work process; planning contractor work to meet deadlines; and coordination with machine operators, contractors, and the railroad.

  • Enid Yard Velocity Evaluations

    Enid Yard Velocity Evaluations

    BNSF wished to determine if the velocity of main line trains travelling through their Enid Yard, located on the Avard Subdivision, could be improved and if these modifications would allow yard operations to continue unaffected. RailPros Field Services reviewed the location of yard tracks and main tracks coming into the yard to assess options and main line train speeds. RPFS provided rail yard inspection and produced a list of options that would allow continued yard switching and main line operations to pass through the yard without conflicting with one another. RPFS also surveyed the main line tracks, designed new main line track alignments, suggested alternate switching leads, and presented exhibits and cost estimates.

Project List

  • CA High Speed Rail – BNSF Plan Review
  • RailPros Field Services is providing the BNSF with plan and specification review for California High Speed Rail Agency (CHSRA) Construction Packages 1 thru 4 between Madera, CA and Bakersfield, CA, with a combined construction cost in excess of $2.5 billion. The services include review of overhead structures, intrusion barriers, track realignment, drainage, access, and utility relocations.

    Construction Package (CP) 1 from Madera, CA to American Ave. south of Fresno, CA has seven grade separations over BNSF which includes one rail-over-rail crossing and numerous utility relocations along the BNSF’s Stockton Subdivision.

    CP 2-3 from E. American Ave. to one mile north of the Tulare-Kern County Line along the BNSF Bakersfield Subdivision, with two rail-over rail, ten grade separations and three track relocations along the 60+ mile section with more than one-third of the HSR alignment parallel to BNSF.

  • Global Industries
  • Global Industries, Inc., in cooperation with the Kansas City Southern Railway, has entered into a project which is being design by RailPros Field Services. The site is being built on 275 acres and will consist of three loop tracks, two inner loop tracks, a 150-car storage track area, and a 3600 ft unloading track on the loop tracks. These unloading tracks will be designed to accommodate both light and heavy crude oils as well as other materials such as ethanol and gasoline. The site will have a tank storage facility and a dock loading area for barge loading with future plans for ship loading. RailPros Field Services has been involved with the development of the site and coordinated the work with the KCS and Global, from the conceptual plans to constructing planning. In addition, RPFS was involved in some aspects of the permitting and coordinated access across the Corp of Engineers drainage canals. Access was accommodated by design of a through truss railroad bridge and two roadway bridges, with one being grade separated to handle vehicular traffic and emergency access. The track design was done to handle a minimum of five unit trains at one time on the site. Operational analysis confirmed the ability for train movements to continue in and out of the site without congesting the tasks of unloading multiple trains at one time and allowing empty trains to move off the site at the same time.

  • Lumberton Siding
  • RailPros Field Services was tasked by BNSF to do an initial assessment for the best location for the potential design of a meet siding on the Gulf Division, Silsbee Subdivision outside of Beaumont, Texas. RPFS, in coordination with the BNSF engineering staff, reviewed various locations that best fit the needs for placement of a siding track. The evaluations were based on whether or not right-of-way was a factor, structures impacts, curves, and grade crossings. Upon review, the best fit location was determined and RPFS designed the construction documents. The subsequent design was successfully completed and met BNSF’s time constraints. The project has recently been out for bid and is currently preparing for construction.

  • Union Pacific Railroad Fresno Material Yard
  • RailPros Field Services managed and provided engineering services for the design of an industrial yard for Union Pacific. This project consisted of replacing existing turnouts and relaying existing track for the lead into this facility and design of two new rail spurs into this materials storage facility for the proposed industry. Plans, profiles, typical sections, cross sections, grading and drainage plans, and erosion control plans were developed. RailPros Field Services coordinated with the railroad for utility protection and relocation.

  • City of Spanish Fork Rail Consolidation Study
  • RailPros Field Services managed and provided engineering services for concept track plans for the consolidation of the two Union Pacific Provo Subdivision mainline tracks through the cities of Spanish Fork, Mapleton, and Springville. This project consisted of realigning the west mainline track to be at 20’ track centers with the east mainline track and within the east railroad right-of-way. Elimination of the west corridor would result in the elimination of several at-grade crossings and open the area up for development. Alternative alignments were developed based on UPRR mainline design standards for horizontal curvature for various track slopes ranging from 1.4% to 2% to make up the difference in grades with the east mainline already sloping up at 1%. Preliminary profiles were developed based on aerial imagery and 5’ contour DTM files to evaluate the grades of the mainline tracks for these multiple alternatives. A preliminary cost estimate was developed based on two alternatives, one of which included multiple grade separation structures.

  • UP Double Track Sunset Route
  • For the last ten years, RailPros Field Services staff has provided construction management and inspection services on several segments of the Sunset Route Capacity Improvement Project. This Union Pacific  project extends from Colton, CA to El Paso, TX. The project entails construction of hundreds of miles of new second main track; new or revised industrial spur connections; several hundred culverts, minor bridges, and drainage facilities; five major bridge structures; and three additional railroad bridge grade separations. Responsibilities include coordinating construction activities between the prime contractor; multiple UP departments and divisions; utility entities; city; county; state; and other government agencies; interstate pipelines; and fiber optic companies. Other responsibilities included contract administration and management, including regulatory compliance; document control; cost control; change order management; invoice review; administering weekly project meetings; schedule management; component and material expediting; contract interpretation; compliance with contract documents; compliance with UP standards and AREMA recommended practices; progress reporting; maintaining daily diaries; railroad flagging coordination; and tracking RWP qualification.

  • Motiva Yard Port Arthur TX
  • RailPros Field Services provided inspection and project management for the Kansas City Southern (KCS) on this large scale track project. RailPros was the “boots on the ground” to provide supervision for the contractors and KCS forces. The Port Arthur Yard project consisted of grading, site drainage, and construction of three miles of track and building 12 new switches. RailPros Field Services was responsible for contractor safety; QA/QC of  contractor work; making sure track corrections were up to standard; inspecting and overseeing the entire work process; planning contractor work to meet deadlines; and coordination with machine operators, contractors, and the railroad.

  • Enid Yard Velocity Evaluations
  • BNSF wished to determine if the velocity of main line trains travelling through their Enid Yard, located on the Avard Subdivision, could be improved and if these modifications would allow yard operations to continue unaffected. RailPros Field Services reviewed the location of yard tracks and main tracks coming into the yard to assess options and main line train speeds. RPFS provided rail yard inspection and produced a list of options that would allow continued yard switching and main line operations to pass through the yard without conflicting with one another. RPFS also surveyed the main line tracks, designed new main line track alignments, suggested alternate switching leads, and presented exhibits and cost estimates.