UP increases rail inspections along mountain rail lines

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A UP train passes the San Bernardino Mountains near Devore, Calif., in February 2009.
Frank Klos
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As crude-by-rail shipments raise public concern in California and other western states, the Union Pacific has acquired two leased geometry cars to increase rail inspections across mountain passes in California, Washington, Oregon, Utah, and Nevada, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The added geometry cars will supplement similar cars owned by the railroad that are in use throughout the system. The newly acquired cars will patrol critical passages in Northern California including Donner Pass, the Feather River Canyon, and grades outside Dunsmuir. The state has designated all those areas as high risks for derailments. In Southern California, inspections will be performed across Tehachapi Pass and the Cuesta Grade in San Luis Obispo County.

“We’re ensuring we keep crude oil trains on the track,” says David Wickersham, UP chief maintenance engineer in the West.

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