Freight Rail

Health & Science
10:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Responders Ready If Rail Mishap Occurs

More than 200 freight trains travel through the metro area each week, some comprised solely of tank cars.

Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski says emergency responders are specially trained to handle train derailments, including ruptured tank cars transporting hazardous cargo through urban areas.

Recent rail mishaps, including tragic derailments in Canada and Texas have put the focus on rail safety here and in other urban centers.

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Economy & Business
10:32 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Freight Rail Shipments Up Across Wisconsin

A Canadian Pacific locomotive approaches a crossing at 68th and State in Wauwatosa.

Wisconsin's railroad commissioner says railroads are shipping more goods than ever, and several have spent millions to upgrade lines throughout the state.

Have you noticed longer and more frequent delays at railroad crossings in Milwaukee and throughout the state?

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8:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Increased Freight Rail Traffic Slowed Due to Old Lines

Freight Rail lines once discontinued in Wisconsin, are being returned to service.
Credit Randen Pederson,

You may not often see them, but plenty of trains crisscross Wisconsin these days carrying freight. The state and rail companies have been bringing old lines back to life because of increased demand, but much work is needed.

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