Friday, June 04, 2010

KCS to demolish former locomotive maintenance facility in Pittsburg, Kan.

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Having obtained the required permits and made the appropriate notifications, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company said that it would begin staging equipment for the demolition of its former locomotive maintenance facility at 1700 Stilwell in Pittsburg, Kan., next week. The entire demolition process is anticipated to take approximately three months.

The facility, which is owned entirely by KCSR and located wholly on KCSR property, is outdated and has sat unused for many years. Demolition will eliminate the potential for health and safety concerns that have resulted recently from flooding and trespassing incidents in and around the facility.

Demolition will begin at the east end of the facility. Measures have been taken to minimize truck traffic and dust. Dust will be monitored with local public streets being swept and the work site being watered down as needed. The demolition process will be supervised by KCSR's environmental health and safety department and site security will be provided.

The majority of material from the facility's demolition will be re-purposed or recycled. KCSR intends to keep the land on which the facility currently sits and is working with the City of Pittsburg's economic development office to attract new, rail-served industry to the area.

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