RailWorks Production Gangs Get Down to Business
A RailWorks rail gang stopped for a photo after concluding work near Brattleboro, VT.
Railroad production gangs are all about getting results. That was true 140 years ago when gangs made engineering history to construct the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. It’s true today when RailWorks’ tie and rail gangs construct and rehabilitate freight and commuter lines throughout the United States and Canada.
Gangs of yesterday and today still have many things in common. High expectations. Physically demanding work. Close coordination to sequence tasks. Life on the road. ‘Round-the-clock community with fellow railway workers.
Even though the track components are much the same, how work is done is dramatically different. Thanks to improved management practices and high-capacity, specialized equipment. RailWorks’ production gangs operate with greater efficiency, quality and consistency than ever imagined.
Time is the biggest challenge facing gangs today, reports Brian Bennett, vice president and general manager of RailWorks Track Systems. “Busy rail lines are expanding capacity and addressing rigorous engineering standards to handle more trains with heavier and longer loads. Our gangs must perform their work to rehabilitate track, add sidings, expand yards, and double or triple track lines in tighter and tighter work windows.”
RailWorks has upgraded and expanded its production equipment fleet to perform more work faster. “When you combine our production equipment with our skilled operators and experienced foremen and laborers, RailWorks’ production gangs are highly productive. Many of our people have been working together for years and it shows,” says Bennett.
Over the past 12 months, RailWorks production gangs in the United States and Canada have constructed and surfaced more nearly 500 miles of track. This work has taken them through the mountains, across the plains and desert, in cities, small towns and to remote passages.
“It’s hard work that takes our people away from their families for weeks at a time,” affirms Bennett. “But they do a tremendous job for our customers. I guess we should all be thankful railroad production work is not the same as it was a century or even 20 years ago. But constructing track is still an amazing engineering feat that should make our production gang employees and their families extremely proud.”
Congratulations to RailWorks production gangs hard at work throughout the United States and Canada who make accomplishing engineering feats part of their everyday business!