Montana Rail Link to cutback rail grinding in wildfire season

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A Loram rail grinder grinds a section of rail on CSX's ex-Chesapeake & Ohio main line in rural West Virginia.
Chase Gunnoe
MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana Rail Link officials have decided to cut back on rail grinding operations during the summer wildfire season, the Missoulian reports. The decision follows a recent fire sparked by a Loram rail grinding crew on the rail line west of Missoula.

The fire scorched about five acres of land on Evaro Hill and came close to a home being built nearby. It was the most recent fire in a series of other fires caused by the rail grinding crew.

“Due to elevated fire danger, MRL has made the decision to significantly decrease the grinding schedule across our network for the remainder of the summer from an estimated 30 days of activity down to 9 days,” says railroad spokesman Jim Lewis. “In addition, we will be pre-soaking the work area with additional water when grinding is occurring.”

Lewis says rail grinding will resume later this year when the threat for wildfires diminishes. The nine remaining days of rail grinding will take place on the railroad’s line between Missoula and Laurel, Mont.

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