Location: Central Georgia
Client: Major Railroad
Contract Amount: $36,500
An at-grade collision between a train and low-boy
truck ruptured the lead locomotive’s fuel tank on a
mainline track running next to a drainage ditch. The
train traveled 1,787 ft prior to stopping releasing an
estimated 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
Five (5) HC-2000 applications were made to the
tracks and ballast during the first three months from
an access road parallel to the tracks. Two (2)
additional applications were made six (6) months later
followed by six (6) month degradation period.
Total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) concentrations
were reduced 97% at Impact Point 1 and a 99%
reduction was achieved at Rest Point 2. A no further
action letter was obtained from the State Department
of Natural Resources.
Treatment of track bed ballast with HC-2000 was
several orders of magnitude less expensive than
excavation and replacement considering track service