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Rail Group On Air: Maintenance-of-Way State of the Industry Report

Railway Age Engineering Editor and RT&S Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson takes a look back at 2020 and provides a forecast for 2021 based on responses from the RT&S State of the Industry survey. He also talks with HNTB’s Ronnie Hakim and Herzog’s Troy Elbert.

Redesigned in 2019, Knox Kershaw’s KBR 925 Ballast Regulator operates on all track types. (Knox Kershaw)

Ballast Maintenance, Delivered

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2020 ISSUE: While most aspects of railroading have not been immune from the effects of COVID-19—namely, a drop in business—many railroads have been “working smart” and thinking ahead, taking advantage of lower traffic levels to get a jump on maintenance-of-way projects, before work windows re-tighten when operations return to pre-pandemic levels. State-of-good-repair and other projects are continuing, and railroads are using a variety of high-production, high-tech-driven track machines to perform the work. Ballast programs are among the most important of these.