TRE Slows Trains Due to Excessive Heat

Track heat forces trains to slow down

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012  |  Updated 7:39 PM CDT
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TRE Slows Trains Due to Excessive Heat

Tracks in Denton registered 153 degrees during the heat wave in 2011.

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The Trinity Railway Express warned riders about travel delays because of excessive heat.

At 3 p.m., the temperature was 104 with a heat index of 110. In such excessive heat, track temperatures can reach 140 degrees, which can easily warp or kink the track and put the train and passengers in danger.

To ensure safety, trains were slowed until about 7 p.m.

During last summer's heat wave, both the TRE and DCTA slowed trains because of excessive heat.  Additionally, a Union Pacific train that derailed in East Texas was possibly caused by hot tracks.

Temperatures reached a high of 106 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Tuesday.

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