Rail use returns to normal after floods

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Jasmine Flanagan
Contributing writer

    FORT LUPTON — After more than a month of having to re-route trains after the September floods wiped out several sections of tracks, Union Pacific Railroad is finally back down to regular volume on its usual railways.
    Union Pacific utilized other routes to minimize delays and inconvenience while rock was hauled from a quarry in Cheyenne, Wyo., to repair massive holes in the four affected sections of tracks. The line from Denver to Cheyenne had several sections under water between Denver and Brighton from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18, but damaged spots were repaired quickly. Three other lines were damaged:
    • The line between Denver and Grand Junction closed from Sept. 11 to Oct. 13. The 12 trains that use this line every day had to take alternate routes, each one experiencing about a 72-hour delay.
    • The line from LaSalle to Fort Collins, closed from Sept. 12 to Sept. 29, impacted one train per day.
    • The line from Denver to Julesburg, closed from Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, impacted one train per day.
    Due to the re-routing, the volume of traffic on all the lines increased significantly, going from 11 trains per day to about 20. Officials said the increase in volume was not problematic, and that hauling rock to areas in need of repair did not hinder or replace the usual freight shipments of coal, grains, automobiles and manufactured goods that UP normally transports.

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