From Grant, my Nebraska correspondent:
The latest article I read said that they will be double tracking the line from Fremont to Missouri valley. The track work, except for the bridges will all be done by 2014. The Elkhorn and Missouri river bridges will take longer.
I don’t know when they will actually start on the new bridge over the Missouri, but you can bet I will be taking a ridiculous amount of pictures. As far as I know, they are leaving the existing bridge and building a separate one for the second track.
The Union Pacific laid the first 2 miles of track for the new #2 track October 3rd between Kennard & Blair. They started just South of Kennard and got North, to the county road #28 crossing. They even have the track laid on those two small bridges that [Chad] saw when we drove up here.
I can’t believe how fast they can lay that track down. They have a line of the green flatbed cars, that transport the rails, already sitting on the new line. I’m guessing they want to do as much track work as they can before winter, then start on the bridge projects next spring.
The trackwork is occurring along Highway 30.