New use for old tank cars

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An old railroad tank car body is on a flatbed truck prior to being installed as a replacement bridge on a Webster County road. At two locations, a pair of tank car bodies were welded together end-to-end and positioned as replacements for bridges. According to County Engineer Jamie Johll, each pair of tank car bodies is 70 feet long and nine feet, four inches in diameter. Webster County roads crews and Asa Goodpaster Excavation, of Moorland, installed them.
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The body of an old railroad tank car lies on the ground along a rural Webster County road recently before being put in position to replace an old bridge. The county purchased four old tank car bodies from Rail Yard in Omaha, Nebraska, to replace two short bridges that had been closed due to failing substructures, according to County Engineer Jamie Johll. One of those bridges is on 390th Street east of Fairbanks Avenue; the other is on 340th Street east of Racine Avenue. Johll said he decided to use the tank car bodies because of the sharply rising price of corrugated metal pipe. He said the move saved about $40,000.


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