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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Washington Eastern tracks get pre-harvest repairs


Last updated 8/1/2019 at 9:59am

The Washington Eastern Railroad (WER) crew has been busy repairing track defects along the Central Washington Branch of the Palouse River and Coulee City Rail System (PCC) in recent weeks.

“The work will take the track out of exempted status,” WER Operations Manager Gary Durr said.

Exempted status is a Federal Railroad Association (FRA) designation that restricts WER train speeds to 10 mph and gives the railroad unlimited time to correct track defects, Durr said.

Being non-exempt allows the railroad to start to “improve track speeds.” The flip side, however, is the railroad has 30...

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