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I've be watching a lot of train videos since recuperating from foot surgery and I came across an estimate by Union Pacific Railroad in one of the videos that mentioned that they spend a million dollars a mile to add first class trackage to their system. One day last month at BART's Richmond Yard I watched their track crew in action replacing cross ties and reballasting their mainline. Everything was automated.
Anyway, I've heard estimates to repair the NWP at 500 million dollars which seems way out of line with the UP's estimate. Who 's behind this misinformation campaign? The Eel River section is only 90 miles long. Maybe their estimate includes daylighting or heightening tunnel bores, earthquake retrofitting trestles, and using concrete ties in ecological sensitive areas. Still seems like a lot.