Track Improvements

Improving the railroad for freight and passenger service drives the selection of projects for NCRR’s Capital Investment Program. The strength of the state’s rail transportation infrastructure depends on the quality of rail, the width and height of bridges, the technology in signaling equipment and the capacity of the corridor to serve increasing demands for more trains. NCRR works with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway and the communities through which it extends to select those projects that will have the most beneficial impact on the state’s economy. To view an interactive map of the North Carolina Railroad Company’s Capital Investment Projects click here.

New signals allow more trains to use the tracks, improving capacity and safety

 

Double Track, Siding, Signal – Raleigh to Goldsboro
Three new passing tracks totaling 8 miles will improve performance and safety with enhanced speed and capacity to accommodate growth for both freight and passenger service. Additional work includes a passing siding in Wake County, and Centralized Traffic Control to raise this segment to the standard of the Raleigh-Charlotte mainline. The project also includes a new interlocking in Downtown Raleigh, which will improve safety and efficiency and reduce the number of tracks through the Cabarrus Street crossing.
Cost: $20,882,331
Status: Completed

Double Track – High Point to Greensboro
A second main track between Cox and Hoskins will improve capacity and ease delays caused by meeting or passing trains on the mainline. This is one of the most congested sections on the railroad.
Cost: NCRR $4,000,000, (NCDOT $16,900,000 contribution)
Status: Completed

Specialized equipment and skilled workers are brought in to complete track improvement projects on the railroad

Replace 90 lb. Rail – Goldsboro to New Bern
The existing rail’s lighter weight makes it inadequate for the 110 and 125 ton cars now operating on the track. There are three segments, totaling 15.5 miles. This is a joint project with Norfolk Southern.
NCRR Cost: $3,512,905
Status: Completed

Curve Straightening – Hopson Road
NCRR acquired property adjacent to the track to allow straightening of a curve east of the NC Highway 54 bridge. Project will increase speed for passenger and freight trains. Land acquisition is complete. The track realignment and grade separation at Hopson Road will be completed as a NCDOT/Federal funded project.

Double Track – North Charlotte to Concord
This work is to improve capacity by adding a second track and signals to reduce delays associated with meeting and passing trains.

The North Carolina Railroad Company has completed a study to determine the feasibility of relocating the tracks in Morehead City.

Cost: $79,169,502 (Cost Shared with NCDOT and Norfolk Southern)
Status: Engineering & Design in Progress

Double Track – Kannapolis to Salisbury
This work is to improve capacity by adding a second track and signals to reduce delays associated with meeting and passing trains.
Cost: $63,793,479 (Cost Shared with NCDOT and Norfolk Southern)
Status: Engineering & Design in Progress

Double Track – Thomasville to Lexington
This work is to improve capacity by adding a second track and signals to reduce delays associated with meeting and passing trains.
Cost: $37,436,637 (Cost Shared with NCDOT and Norfolk Southern)
Status: Engineering & Design in Progress

Curve Straightening – Kinston
This project will straighten a curve in the railroad in downtown Kinston improving train speeds from 10mph to 25 mph and improving clearances.
Cost: $3,300,000
Status: Completed

Rail/Truck Loading & Spur Track – Kinston
This project will construct a rail/truck loading ramp in Kinston to serve Global TransPark.  It will provide site work, road access, and a staging area for the transfer point.
Cost: $846,725
Status: Completed

 

To view an interactive map of the North Carolina Railroad Company’s Capital Investment Projects click here