A letter of recommendation is always a good start. The Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway received one from the Lincoln County Board, and officials hope it will lead to funding for a track on its last legs.
The County Board will write a support letter for federal funding that would help support a $16 million project aimed at replacing 112 miles of track. The track line is in bad shape. Trains pulling grain, fertilizer and ethanol have to slow down to 10 mph when traveling between Sterling, Colo., and Wallace, Neb. The West Central Nebraska Development District (NPPD) will apply for the federal aid, marking the fourth time it has done so. The project also will include work on the Nebraska Public Power District’s Gerald Gentleman Station supply line between the Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway at Wallace and the Union Pacific line at Sarben, Neb. OmniTRAX out of Denver and the NPPD will come up with the federal match for the funds.
Members of the Lincoln County Board also want work to be done at some at-grade crossings, and according to the West Central Nebraska Development District federal officials approve of such a move.
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