Rail Yard and Spur

Construction of rail yard and spur began March 2010

September 2011
With lights, fire suppression equipment, signals and ancillary equipment installed, the MRL intermodal yard is complete and ready to use. 

May 2011
Touch up work continues on the three tracks installed at the MRL intermodal facility. Two tracks are for trains carrying double-stacked containers cars and the third is a runaround track for moving locomotives.

April 2011
Rail and ballast along the track that extends more than 6,000 feet  is  installed. Concrete crossings are installed perpendicular to the tracks to allow vehicle access to load and unload rail cars.

February 2011
Concrete pads are placed to provide the surface upon which cranes will travel to load and unload double-stacked rail cars.  The north bank of lights (right) that will illuminate the rail yard are visible.  And, concrete rail ties are stacked (foreground) awaiting installation.

February 2011
Double tracks are installed across the railroad bridge built across the storm drainage system at the Mesquite Regional Landfill.

January 2011
Earthmovers continue to grade and compact the ground surface of what will be the Mesquite Regional Landfill intermodal facility.

January 2011
Undercrossings are installed along the rail spur to ensure safe access for the desert tortoise.

January 2011
Coffman Specialty, Inc. crews smooth a cement deck into place on the railroad bridge built over the stormwater drain on the western edge of the Mesquite Regional Landfill.

January 2011
Cement is poured on the span of the railroad bridge being constructed over the stormwater drain at the Mesquite Regional Landfill.

December 2010
Fiber-optic line installed along Highway 78 to connect the Mesquite Regional Landfill with telephone and data service.

November 2010
Crews secure girders in place for the railroad bridge being built to span the stormwater drainage system at the Mesquite Regional Landfill.

November 2010
A crane lifts massive girders into place for the railroad bridge being constructed over the stormwater channel at the Mesquite Regional Landfill. 

October 2010
The first Union Pacific Railroad locomotive used to test the Mesquite Regional Landfill rail spur rolls east along the track.

October 2010
Crews install a section of rail along the rail spur being constructed to connect the Mesquite Regional Landfill with the Union Pacific mainline north of Glamis.

September 2010
The crushed rock or gravel used as ballast for the rail tracks is delivered by railcar on a portion of newly constructed rail spur.

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