Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad recovers from floods, washouts

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SALINA, Kansas — Five inches of rain in just three hours over the weekend of April 15 and 16 wreaked havoc on Watco’s Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad. But after days of work and more than 2,000 tons of ballast, trains are once again rolling through central Kansas.

According to railroad officials, rain caused 17 washouts on a 20-mile section of track near Westfall, Kan. According to Watco’s company blog, some of the washouts were 10 feet deep and 15 feet wide.

“There was even one bridge plugged up with straw from fields, and a couple hundred feet of track in one location washed out and was pushed completely off grade,” says General Manager Jimmy Patterson.

In the last week, major repairs have been made and railroad officials plan on installing more culverts along the rail line to prevent future washouts. The railroad also thanked Union Pacific for letting the short line borrow a locomotive to serve customers in the Salina-area.

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