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BNSF spending includes rail yard in Edgerton

This is one of five cranes that handle shipping containers at BNSF Railway’s Logistics Park Kansas City intermodal facility in Edgerton.
This is one of five cranes that handle shipping containers at BNSF Railway’s Logistics Park Kansas City intermodal facility in Edgerton. BNSF Railway

The huge rail yard in Edgerton that handles shipping containers is getting part of $103 million that BNSF Railway is investing in Kansas this year.

BNSF is adding crossovers at each end of the intermodal facility at the company’s Logistics Park Kansas City. These will make it easier to avoid congestion that might force a train to sit on the main track, BNSF’s Andy Williams said.

“We have about 90 trains a day going on that line,” Williams said.

With crossovers, an incoming train would be able to go to either of two sets of tracks, rather than waiting for one line to clear.

The 443-acre intermodal facility, which opened in 2013, is capable of handling 500,000 shipping containers annually and the total could triple under a complete buildout of its space. More than 200 work at the intermodal facility, including 12 BNSF employees.

Logistics Park Kansas City covers 1,600 acres.

Other Kansas improvements include surfacing and undercutting work on 1,284 miles of BNSF line, replacement of 33 miles of rails and 94,500 ties, and signal upgrades as part of a train control system mandated by federal rules.

BNSF said previously that its Missouri operations would see $153 million in capital improvements as part of the company’s $6 billion plan for 2015.

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