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R. J. Corman Railroad Services completed 17.2 miles of surfacing and performed rail adjustments on two curves during a 48-hour uninterrupted shutdown of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) light rail system. Due to consistent, daily wear and tear, it was time to conduct scheduled maintenance and repairs on the line.  
In June 2018, flooding in the flat plains of Iowa weakened a portion of track on a mainline. Unknowingly, a train carrying loaded crude oil tank cars began traveling over the area and the track gave way. Thirty-five crude oil cars derailed, and 16 were punctured or ripped open.  
R. J. Corman Railroad Services’ construction team provided two rail gangs and a tie gang, totaling over 100 employees, to help Canadian National (CN) complete a rehab project in Wisconsin. R. J. Corman employees joined forces with CN to complete the project within a six-week window.  
In December 2017, R. J. Corman Signaling shipped out the first round of PTC houses for Canadian National (CN). CN hired R. J. Corman to assist with new PTC subdivision upgrades because of R. J. Corman’s capacity to support flexible due dates, along with competitive pricing and proven high quality of service.
As the PTC mandate approached its end-of-2018 deadline, railroads began looking for companies who could complete large scale construction on tight deadlines. Norfolk Southern awarded R. J. Corman Signaling with the job of upgrading or fully installing PTC in 37 locations. The job began in November of 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama and was concluded at the end of April 2018 in Mobile.  
A train was parked on a siding adjacent to the mainline in Monahan, TX on April 18, 2018 when the rail underneath broke, causing a loaded steel pipe car in the middle of the train to lean heavily toward the mainline. The main line was a 70-mph track, and when a second train proceeded by, it hit the pipe cars and derailed, simultaneously pulling the pipe cars with it. A total of three locomotives, and more than 30 intermodal container cars were derailed along with a gondola and two flat cars, all loaded with steel pipe. The cars and locomotives were pushed into an accordion-style tangle.
May 1, 2018, In Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, 18 loaded auto racks and two locomotives derailed in an accordion-style down an embankment and had a double main line blocked. With the urgent need to clear the derailment and reopen the double main, the customer called R. J. Corman who has strategically placed their Railroad Services divisions in order to respond to emergencies quickly. R. J. Corman was able to get two full divisions, and equipment from a total of four divisions ordered and on-site quickly, with additional employees from two more divisions ready to act as relief.
On March 7, 2018, 13 cars and three locomotives derailed in Sherwood, Tennessee. The cars derailed on the side of a steep mountain, and the track could only be accessed from one angle. Several cars had also tumbled down into a ravine and needed to be retrieved, but there was no clear path to access the area the cars were located. R. J. Corman Railroad Services has experienced crews who are able to find solutions to difficult circumstances, and they arrived on-site quickly to begin the clearing the track.
R. J. Corman Railroad Services was awarded a job as the primary contractor for a rail relay job for Kansas City Southern in Oilton, Texas. They were tasked with relaying approximately 76,000 lineal feet of rail, and welding it across the Laredo Subdivision. The job began on January 9th, and ended on February 16th in Robstown, Texas. The goal was to get the job completed by February 27th, but the R. J. Corman Railroad Services’ crew was able to complete the job 11 days early.
A rail broke on a bridge in Bluffs, Illinois leading to a derailment of 11 5-packers. Due to 3,000 feet of rail damage, twenty loaded containers remained upright on one half of the bridge, but twenty additional loaded containers accordioned, and slid down the embankment on the other side of the bridge. Knowing a quick response time was critical, and many additional resources were needed, R. J. Corman Railroad Services Emergency Response was called to the location.  
Starting in June of 2016, R. J. Corman Railroad Services began construction of a new classification yard, and the expansion of the existing yard, for Kansas City Southern in the Sasol Chemical facility in Westlake, Louisiana. In total, 35 miles of new track, 132 turnouts and 136 switches were constructed. A team of 150 R. J. Corman Railroad Services employees worked for 18 months to complete the project.  
R. J. Corman Signaling has met the demands placed on the railroads by providing PTC installation and support to several Class I and short line railroads in 2016 and 2017. Over 60,000 miles of rail network needed to be developed, installed and the technology tested to make rail transportation even safer than it already was by automatically stopping a train before accidents occur. Positive Train Control (PTC) became required in 2008 when Congress passed a mandate requiring privately owned railroads to have the technology installed by 2018.