The “Jamboree,” an annual event, compresses about a year’s worth of track, signal and bridge maintenance and upgrades into roughly one week, reducing the impact on customers and communities. The work included more than 900 CSX employees.
“This critical work helps fulfill our commitment to investing in our customers and in the communities in which we operate,” said Oscar Munoz, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Our engineering forces are the best in the business, working safely to ensure that these lines are safe for our employees, in good repair to keep our customers’ freight moving and allow American businesses to compete in the global economy.”
This year, the company completed nearly $34 million of work during the “Jamboree,” including maintenance and repair of tracks, signals and bridges in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. These projects promote train safety, reliability and service. They also help communities by getting all the necessary work done to maintain smooth crossings where roads and highways pass over the tracks.
CSX crews replaced or installed nearly 176,000 crossties, 2,500 railcars of ballast and 233,000 feet of mainline rail. The crews also installed an additional 59,000 feet of relay rail in the company’s Erwin, Tenn., yard, repaired or refurbished 10 bridges and 255 road crossings and completed nearly 650 track welds.