We are in the process of preparing a port branch to handle 268,000lb (not 286) cars loaded with pipe. These will be handled in 40-car trains with those 80' TOFC/COFC flat cars. Most of this branch is 112lb rail, but there is a 1/4 mile section in the middle with 65lb. We are replacing ties on this section because without the proper support, this rail would snap under such weight. The ties under this rail need to be changed more frequently than those under the heavier rail, what with the 112lb having a larger base and not being as prone to flex. We spiked the plates with 6 spikes per tie, which should help it last a little longer by keeping the plate more firmly attached to the tie.
Hey, Justin...are those UP ties wood or concrete? I bet that is some good looking track at any rate.
--Why did it say "84 axles" when we have 20 cars?
--It counts the engine, too