The Fort Worth & Western Railroad (FWWR) has entered into a five-year agreement with CTC Inc. (CTC), to maintain the railroad's grade-crossing warning systems and base radios.
Currently, FWWR’s rail system is 276 track miles, operating in eight North Central Texas counties. CTC will be responsible for maintaining the railroad’s crossing signals, dragging equipment detection and other signal equipment that the railroad may use or install.
“Hiring CTC is part of our overall strategy to continue to improve our facilities,” said Steve George, FWWR president and CEO. “This is a natural fit, since both companies are headquartered in Fort Worth and place the same emphasis on safety.”
“I have a long history with the Fort Worth & Western,” said Rick Campbell, CTC’s president. “And I am extremely pleased that CTC will be working with Steve and his team to ensure that the railroad’s signals operate properly and in accordance with Federal Railroad Administration guidelines.”
In 1988, when the FWWR was first established, Campbell designed much of the signal system for the railroad and performed signal maintenance.
“I’ve walked or hi-railed every part of the FWWR, so I am very familiar with their system and crossings,” said Campbell.
CTC’s first action will be to inventory the railroad’s 149 active crossings to establish an operational baseline. CTC will perform FRA-mandated signal inspections on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis, as well as any new signal construction.
FWWR is a Class 3 shortline that operates across 276 track miles in Texas between Carrollton and Ricker, with branch lines from Dublin to Gorman and from Cresson to Cleburne.