Fast Facts About the TRT 909, Union Pacific Railroad’s Track Renewal Train
By Office of Communication
Posted on December 27, 2012, December 27, 2012

In just a few weeks, Union Pacific's impressive track renewal train - the TRT-909 - will roll into North Texas to renew approximately 31 miles between Fort Worth and Dallas. The TRT 909 will start on January 3rd in east Fort Worth and is scheduled to arrive in Arlington on Wednesday, January 16. Expect the project to impact railroad crossings in Arlington for approximately eight days.

Here are a few facts about Union Pacific's TRT 909:

  • Over 5,000 ties are carried on the TRT on a series of 30 rail cars each day
  • Three sets of gantry cranes move the new ties into place while simultaneously removing the old ties
  • The TRT 909 and accompanying equipment can extend over six miles in length
  • A state-of-the-art induction heating technique is used to ensure the new rail is installed at the proper neutral temperature
  • Nearly 250 employees operate the TRT 909 equipment
  • The TRT 909 averages almost two miles a day
  • The rail train can hold 80,000 feet of used rail
  • All rail and metal removed from the site is recycled or reused

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Union Pacific Railroad Track Renewal