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Vulcan Materials Company Donates Flex Base for Track Construction

In what can only be described as a generous act of kindness and show of civic pride, Vulcan Materials is donating all of the base material necessary for construction of the Museum’s ten exhibit tracks – some 7,000 tons!


Located just east of the Museum on the other side of BNSF’s main line, Vulcan’s Frisco facility has stepped up to meet a significant need as Phase II construction moves from the grading and storm drainage phase to track construction.  The company has also pledged to contribute granite ballast material once track construction is underway.  “This is one of those legacy gifts that will have a tremendous positive impact on Frisco and the region.  Vulcan recognizes the cultural dividend that goes along with the building boom in North Texas. We are proud to have them as neighbors and partners,” said the Museum’s CEO, Bob LaPrelle. 

In addition to Vulcan’s gift, Prime Aggregate Transportation is moving 2,000 tons of the material at no cost to the Museum, enough to provide base for tracks 6, 7, and 8.  The trucking company has taken a great interest in the project, devoting their resources toward furthering construction of the much-needed exhibit tracks.  Transportation of rock is at a premium with the tremendous amount of local construction.  The Museum is very grateful for Prime’s timely and most welcome contribution. 


Flex base material is commonly used for road and track construction, providing a stable surface that controls shrinking and swelling of North Texas clay.  It also promotes drainage which greatly increases the life of crossties.  Application of base follows installation of the Phase II storm drainage network which was generously provided by Frisco-based FCS Construction, with materials acquired at cost from ADS. 


The gifts from Vulcan and Prime Aggregate Transportation represent significant cost savings to the Museum, which ultimately allows for additional track construction and a greater return to the community.  The three tracks, totaling 2,400 feet, are scheduled for completion in early fall, allowing for placement of 27 historic rail cars.  One of the tracks will hold the Museum’s STREAM-Liner Education Facility, an 850 foot long, ten-car train of former Chicago Metra commuter cars acquired earlier this year.

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