Battery Well Remediation, Various Sites Along Existing Rights-of-Way


Challenge: Removal of abandoned signal power locations along railroad right of ways.

Solutions: In the past remote power for signals was supplied from battery wells (buried concrete manholes approximately 74 inches by 64 inches by 8 feet deep) and aboveground battery boxes along railroad right-of way. KU resources personnel, using high-rail equipment removed over 1,500 wells for several railroads. Each was treated as a confined space and many could only be reached with hi-rail equipment. The wells were emptied of batteries, shelving, trash, and water, as necessary. They were then broken up using a hydraulic hammer and the bottoms were cracked to ensure proper drainage. Each well was then backfilled to grade.

Result: Potentially dangerous sites along railroad rights of way were cleaned up and removed in compliance with all environmental regulations.