Clearing Weeds and Brush to Enhance Railroad Safety
Safety and usability are essential for railroads. Heavy equipment moves at high speeds along the rails, and unchecked weeds and brush can reduce train traction during starts and stops. Weeds in the track ballast also hold water around railroad ties, which causes them to rot, increasing chances for derailment accidents. Sparks from the rails also can ignite weeds and brush growing too close to the tracks, which can create a fire hazard for neighboring residents.
Brush that obstructs motorists' views at railroad crossings is especially dangerous. Controlling it can help avert car/train accidents. Dow AgroSciences has the railroad vegetation management herbicides and services to help any railroad program battle vegetation.