Naval Weapons Station to add rail capacity

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The Naval Weapons Station will get seven new rail spurs in a move that will increase its capacity in support operations the Naval Facilities Engineering Command announced Monday.

In addition to the new rail lines, a newly paved platform and staging area will be built to accommodate the additional work load.  In the past, rail cars had to be staged in Columbia and crews would have to wait for rail companies to move the cars on or off the NWS before more work could be done.  Lighting will also be added to allow for night operations.

"In the future we will have the space to stage multiple lines of rail cars here, eliminating the need to wait on the railroad companies," said Capt. Gary Nipper, Port Operations Officer, 841st Transportation Battalion. "We will even be able to load and discharge at the same time, if needed."

"The bottom line is that our rail capacity will soon be able to keep up with our work load," said Nipper.

The work will also include storm water retention and wetlands mitigation efforts.  The work will be performed by Queen City, Inc. of Knoxville, Tennessee, and is expected to be completed by December 2011.

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