Case Studies

Lumber Mill Facility

Halifax County, North Carolina

Klausner Lumber's selection of a greenfield site in rural Halifax County, North Carolina was driven in part by the fact that the site had very good access to CSX's mainline corridor.  CivilSmith, PLLC teamed up with Creative Rail Solutions, LLC to provide a wide range of services to include conceptual design, cost estimating for establishing amount of grant funding, detailed rail design, rough track roadbed grading design, track construction specifications, bidding and contract documents, contract administration, and construction observation services.  CivilSmith and Creative Rail Solutions provided assistance to Halifax County in their efforts to land this high tech lumber production facility by Germany-based Klausner Lumber as part of their multi-state expansion into the U.S. market.  From the early stages of the site selection process to the rail yard being placed in service, the CivilSmith/Creative Rail Solutions team worked through many details and challenges throughout the entirety of the project.

CSX Mainline & Greenfield Site

CivilSmith and Creative Rail Solutions coordinated with Halifax County, Klausner Lumber, NCDOT Rail Division, and CSX throughout the entire duration of the project to develop rail designs that met the rail operational and capacity needs of this state-of-the-art lumber milling facility while meeting the strict design requirements of CSX.  This project was fully grant-funded and as such required meticulous development of bidding and contract documents that met the requirements of both Halifax County and NCDOT.

CSX Mainline & Lead Track - Near Completion

Project Highlights:

  • 3 Industrial Turnouts
  • 8,500+ Track Feet of Yard and Connection Tracks
  • 1 Mainline PTC Turnout by CSX
  • Heavy-Duty Steel Tie & Turnout Construction

Lead Track from CSX Mainline - Near Completion

Yard and Connection Tracks - Near Completion

Steel Tie Turnout Sets by NARSTCO

Steel Tie Track Construction

Civil / Site Design:  Green Engineering, PLLC

Track Construction:  Rhinehart Railroad Construction, Inc.

Track Roadbed Grading & Drainage: PLT, Inc.