UP Track Updates After Hurricane Hilary

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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Courtesy of Clay Gilliland

OMAHA – The Class 1 put out two news releases in which it details the work completed to resume service in California.

In a news release, Union Pacific announced its crews are working to restore track work after Hurricane Hilary flooded infrastructure and suspended service. Crews worked to stage “rail ballast and panels, electric generators and personnel in the impacted aeras . . . repaired damaged track and bridges, and service was restored along the Yuma and Mojave subdivisions.” On Monday, UP announced that it completed repairs “to the bridge between Banning and Indio, California, on our Yuma subdivision and have now resumed operations on the second track.” Operations on this segment will temporarily run at a slower speed for safety. 

Now, all three Union Pacific routes into the Los Angeles Basin are open. The Class 1 stated that it is still working to address a five-mile stretch of track in Texas near Corpus Christi. While all tracks are returned to service, UP stated that it will take a few more days to work through traffic congestion, and it “will also need to rebalance locomotive power and crews to the region.”

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