Walking the Line

Crouch Engineering performs walking or hy-rail track inspections for a wide range of purposes, on active tracks, new track construction and out-of-service tracks.

Track Inspections

Crouch Engineering performs walking and/or hy-rail track inspections for many purposes. 

In general, track inspections are performed for the purpose of determining the existing track conditions, FRA Class of Track compliance, track rehabilitation needs, or conformance to Plans and Specifications for new track construction. 

We conduct Inspections for active tracks, new track construction, and for tracks that have been out of service for years.  Our inspectors use FRA safety standards, project specifications, and AREMA guidelines in performing track inspections.

 

Track Inspection Projects by Crouch Engineering

Rail Line Acquisition Due Diligence Patriot Rail

Crouch Engineering performed Due Diligence inspections of track and bridges including the condition of timber, concrete, and steel bridges, and structural evaluations.  Crouch conducted Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments conforming to ASTM Guidelines for railroad line purchases by Patriot Rail for the Weyerhaeuser Railroads, Utah Central Railroad, Louisiana and North West Railroad, Tennessee Southern Railroad, and the Rarus Railroad (Butte, Anaconda, & Pacific Railroad, Anaconda, MT).

Rail Line Acquisition Due Diligence Zee Line

Crouch Engineering performed Due Diligence inspections of track and bridges including the condition of timber, concrete, and steel bridges, and structural evaluations. Crouch conducted Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments conforming to ASTM Guidelines for the Zee Line Railroad (a portion of the CN) in Slaughter, LA.

Internal Evaluation of Engineering Department

Crouch Engineering performed an evaluation of the RailAmerica Maintenance-of-Way (MOW) functions and an internal review of proposed track and bridge maintenance projects as directed by the President of RailAmerica.

TDOT Rail Needs Study

Crouch Engineering, P.C. provided an assessment and cost estimate of track infrastructure needs for 17 Public Railroad Authorities in the State of Tennessee. The project involved sampling over 812 miles of track, performing tunnel inspections, and summarizing current railroad track and roadbed condition data. The assessment and deliverables included field inspections, data collection, assembling railroad capital budgets, establishing Uniform minimum Standards and Unit Prices, producing final reports, producing log books from inspections, and providing an updated database to TDOT of physical needs for all shortline railroads. The end goal was to provide the Tennessee Department of Transportation with a fair and equitable basis for making annual allocations of track improvement assistance grants from the State of Tennessee to the Tennessee Short Line Railroad Authorities.

Lhoist North America Railroad Tunnel Rehabilitation

Crouch Engineering worked with Lhoist North America (formerly Franklin Industrial Minerals) to assess the conditions of the railroad’s 900 foot long tunnel east of Westel, TN, and developed a methodology and plans for tunnel rehabilitation. The western portion of the tunnel was stable; however, the eastern portion had soil overburden, and the tunnel itself was constructed of timber sets. Groundwater infiltration and soil failures had been an ongoing maintenance problem for the railroad. Crouch evaluated several options for remediation and rehabilitation, including opening cutting, a metal arch replacement and the use of pre-cast replacement sections. The final method selected was a concrete liner, utilizing post-grouting. Crouch Engineering developed plans and specifications for the concrete liner project.