SPUD Tail Track Extended

The Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority has extended the tail track at the St. Paul Union Depot in Minnesota.

MinnesotaThe project lengthened the track by 251 feet to 1,302 feet. Although the station is used by Amtrak’s Empire Builder, a primary beneficiary will be the North Pole Express trains that use the depot.

The extended tail track will also provide more track storage space, giving the station greater flexibility to accommodate special and scheduled train service.

Officials also said the project will improve flood protection because an embankment holding the new track is designed to protect the station from 500-year floods.

Although there are no plans to do so, the tail track can be extended further to connect with an adjacent BNSF route.

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