Each day, thousands of Union Pacific Maintenance of Way craft professionals are in the field, maintaining, inspecting and strengthening the railroad’s 32,000-mile rail network through track, signal and bridge replacement projects.
In fact, more than half of Union Pacific’s $3.7 billion capital improvement budget in 2023 was earmarked for infrastructure replacement and maintenance, including the annual replacement of more than 3 million railroad ties and over 400 miles of rail.
Union Pacific is proud of the work these men and women in our Engineering Department do each day, making us a safer and more efficient railroad.
The crew in the video above is picking up used rail ties left by another crew that replaced the ties in Dallas, Texas, in mid-November.
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This self-contained crew operates two excavators on work equipment that includes a tool car outfitted with a bathroom and a place to cook and eat meals. There’s even a rail car that hauls a pick-up truck for the crew to use. The self-sufficient crew can pick up around 1,000 used rail ties an hour.