Not that I want to go on and on about ballast.... I guestt the real issue, is that we would sure like to see some ballast and rail trains...just for variety, and it would be nice to see a long train, after years of a 15 car mixed freight being a "big " train around these parts.
Rail should come by rail...Its just too heavy to truck in. Truck will gross out without a whole lot of rail on the trailer.
And if they are using ribbon rail...well obviously it has to come in by train. Does anyone use stick rail when building 5 miles of "main track" anymore?
Ballast...27,000 tons of ballast is a LOT of ballast. Its about10 18 ton truckloads a day,. 5 days a week, for 6 months.
Now, if you are gonna spend a year doing the rebuild, u can stretch it out to 5 truckloads a day.
I would love to see some ballast trains...but i have my doubts. I think the sub bed will be dumped directly by truck..
No transloading needed,.
Once the ties and rail are in....receiving ballast in hopper cars and dumping directly on the track makes the most sense too. But well see.
FWIW..i have seen miles of new track ballasted by having trucks pile up huge piles of ballast at every grade crossing, and then have it distributed on the track by loading 2 hopper cars from the closest ballast pile with a front end loader, and then having the 2 hopper cars shuttled down the line with a trackmobile.
Honestly, I wont be surprised if this is the way they do it.