Ft. Benning- The Ochillee Railhead Expansion Project on post at Fort Benning is officially completed.
After a little more than a year of work the Army Corp of Engineers drove several ceremonial 'golden spikes' into the Ochillee Railhead this afternoon.
The project cost $7.5 million and helps primarily support the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.
The railhead is used to transport heavy equipment like M1-A1 Abrams tanks and other armor units.
We spoke with Army Corp Engineer April Simons about the work that was put into this project.
"We put in about 37,000 man hours with no accidents so its definitely a success story." Simons added, "We started out with a capacity of 65 railcars possible for load out and we've doubled that capacity and added 66 so we have 131 railcars we can load out now."
The project included constructing railroad tracks, including a switching system, ballast and cross ties adjacent to the Norfolk Southern right-of-way railroad that lies within the Fort Benning military reservation and south of the area known as Ochillee Junction. The total length of track expanded was approximately 3.98 miles.
(Source: Fort Benning Public Affairs)
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