Mosaic Potash

This project consisted of a total reconstruction of the entire rail yard. The existing track infrastructure had been in service since the 1940’s and much of the original rail was still in the facility. The harsh environment and age of the facility resulted in frequent track failures which were periodically remedied.

This project required that the facility have rail service at all times so proper phasing of rehabilitation was vital. As soon as each track was reconstructed, work began on the next. American Track came across several fatal flaw in the original design (original design by others) and had to perform a comprehensive redesign.

  • Demo 18,750 track feet and 22 Turnouts
  • Remove & dispose of box culverts, asphalt paving, rip rap & existing scale pit
  • Remove & replace 2 scale pits
  • Excavate & disposal of contaminated materials
  • Excavation of 34,000 cubic yards
  • Rock excavation 250 tons
  • Sub-grade stabilization 18,505 square yards
  • Embankment 4600 cubic yards
  • Track reconstruction of 16,480 TF of 136# rail and 505 TF of 115# rail
  • 43,323 TF of welded rail strings
  • 18 Turnouts – 136#
  • 10,350 Cross Ties
  • 256 TF of crossing panels
  • Construct 5 earthen bumpers
  • Install Derails
  • Construct wingwalls, headwalls, 264 LF of handrails, drainage inlets with grating, utility encasements, 150 LF of concrete curbs, steel reinforcement, 700 LF of trench drain and Fall Protection piers

Jefferson Energy

American Track constructed the first two phases of a major track infrastructure expansion at Jefferson Energies. A partial redesign was required after American Track discover multiple errors in the original design (by others). The redesign was required to meet railroad standard and strict deadlines. American Track completed the redesign in under a week. The Project consisted of ladder tracks which greatly increased the facilities car capacity.

  • 16,120 total track feet
  • 12 No. 9 Turnouts
  • 3 No. 10 Turnouts
  • 1 crossover

Houston Metro

American Track was a subcontractor for McCarthy on the Harrisburg Overpass light rail project. The project was unique for several reasons. Firstly, extremely tight tolerances required heightened attention to detail and an upgrade to our survey/validation equipment. Additionally, the project utilized three unique rail sections. Embedded, ballasting and direct fixation track sections were all used.

  • 925 Feet of Ballasted Track
  • 2250 Feet of Embedded Track
  • 1770 Feet of Direct Fixation Track
  • Thermite and Flash Butt Welds

GE Locomotive Test Track

GE’s locomotive facility expanded its track infrastructure with four projects in 2016. A noise test track was built to allow for testing of noise level compliance of warning horns on new locomotives. A storage track was built in order to increase the plant’s capacity. A two-and-a-half-mile delivery track was built to connect the manufacturing plant with a mainline in order to deliver new locomotives. The largest project of the year was a three-and-a-half-mile test track which allows for testing of new locomotives at speeds of up to seventy miles per hour.

  • Design
  • 18,600 total track feet.
  • Four turnouts including one No. 20 Equilateral
  • Major utility relocations
  • Four large culverts under the test track

GE Locomotive Manufacturing

GE built a new locomotive manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, Texas in 2007. American Track took over the design and construction of the rail portion of the project. One of the key concerns of this project was the relatively limited property on which to construct everything the customer wanted. Extremely tight curves and custom diamond crossing frogs were designed in order to meet the customers needs.

  • Design
  • 11,103 Total Feet of Track
  • 9,552 Total feet of track in direct fixation or embedded in concrete.
  • Two custom designed crossing diamonds
  • Ten fully embedded turnouts with integrated drainage
  • Crain Rail installed for two Transfer Table
  • Fabrication of Transfer Tables

CIG Navasota

American Track was contracted to do a design/build project for CIG’s frack sand unloading project. We did the complete design for civil, drainage & track. The client had a ridged deadline for completion. We surpassed expectations and finished the project 71 days ahead of schedule.

  • 26,929 Track Feet using steel ties
  • 9 No. 9 Turnouts
  • 1 No. 10 Turnout
  • Installation of catch basins & storm drainage system
  • Earthen bumpers
  • Road crossings
  • Roads between tracks
  • Driveways
  • Truck staging area

Ardmore Airpark

Ardmore Air Park was a large-scale Design/Build project located in Ardmore, OK.The goal of the project was to design and build a rail site capable of accepting a full unit train after the initial construction phase with plans to expand to a two unit train capacity at a later date. The key issue with this project was its location, namely its proximity to the airport.

Previous engineers had proposed the construction of a bride on the north side of the loop track in order to stay clear of the protection zone. This bridge tremendously increased the cost of the project. Eventually American Track was approached to come up with a solution. After extensive examination of the site and negotiations with the FAA, American Track proposed our solution.

The entrance to the facility would be placed in a forty-foot cut, resulting in compliance with the FAA and drastically reduced costs. Additionally, the cut and site grading were designed to have a net zero excavation. Meaning that no earth had to be moved to or from the project site, further reducing cost. Ultimately, American Tracks solution resulted in a 55% reduction in cost to the original design.

  • Design
  • 58 Acres of clear and grub
  • 476500 Cubic Yards of Excavation and Embankment
  • All grading and rail design per BNSF standards for industrial loop tracks
  • Design approval from BNSF Railroad
  • Complete Site Surveys
  • Soil Boring & Compaction Testing
  • All grading work and subgrade stabilization
  • All drainage structures
  • 21,100′ of Rail installation (first phase)
  • 2 double switch point derails
  • 6 turnouts
  • Installations consisting of Wye, Yard & Loop Turnouts

Camak Quarry

Midsouth Aggregates asked for a design build to help with efficiency of their operations by adding a crossover from the “Yac Track” to their storage yard so they could bypass their load out and stage empties in the yard for loading. We also designed an extension to their yard over a 3 track wide car cleaning bridge (also engineered by American Track) which allowed them to clean the empty cars in preparation of loading.

  • Design
  • All rail design per CSX Industrial specifications
  • 4 Turnouts constructed (first Phase); 2 Additional Turnouts to be removed and Reinstalled in future Phase
  • 2,073 Rail installation (first phase); 4,808’ Proposed Rail installation(future Phase)
  • 3 Track Bridge Design (Met Coopers E80 Loading with diesel impact) and construction
  • 136’ of 36” RCP installed