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    Trains and Pedestrians Share Historic Bridge
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    Trains and Pedestrians Share Historic Bridge

    November 24, 2019


    hello ladies and gentlemen, RailROL82 here… your railroad archaeologist who today is gonna share
    with you one of his findings in Chicago this is a historic of swing bridge in
    Chicago it’s known as the North Avenue swing bridge and it’s a used to open up
    to the east I was built in 1902 it was put in a fixed position at in the 1990s
    in 2007 it was a declared an historical landmark was built originally 1902 by
    the Chicago Milwaukee and st. Paul Road and I originally came here to film this
    because I thought it was abandoned however I came to find out that trains
    and pedestrians share this bridge can you imagine how crazy that would be I
    mean who would sanction is it seems so irresponsible that there’s a plaque that
    says caution live rail and it says it’s shared by pedestrians and trains that
    seems so responsible can you imagine what that would look like
    I made a Photoshop here just to see like check this out so yeah that’s what that
    work that seems like an accident waiting to happen
    if anybody’s ever seen a train here let me know how frequently they pass if
    there’s ever been any accidents I’d love to know also please subscribe to my
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    me a comment no leaders on Monroe already to here the
    railroad archaeologists who found an interesting relic over here in Chicago this is an abandoned or railroad bridge
    that people but pedestrians use and let’s see if I can try to find the rail
    other date okay here we go okay there’s no date on that if anybody
    knows what this track used to be my guess is would be a C and W or a Union
    Pacific other pedestrians and we will continue our search for the
    date okay so now is when you can tell see the
    little business with me now is when you can tell that this was abandoned because
    there the bridge tenders house is gone whoa and it’s I know you guys have given
    the North you know mocking this but it’s so cool to rename the reason I’m
    freezing look at that beauty we’re gonna walk
    this oh sorry about that what’s that an
    action hi Lynsey I wonder where the bridge tellers house was located if you
    guys know please comment I’d love to know I’m going to assume that it was on
    this side this is the to begin yeah so you really had an electrical connection
    for the lights so it was built in 1902 see right there
    I’m guessing this was a location for a bridge tell yourselves oh good you still have a cross book over
    here yeah there you go I’m getting frostbite oh no Motor
    Vehicles caution active rail man I thought this abandoned yield to train so
    I guess it’s legal for you to walk this and then here you gotta destroy the
    bridge she welcome to Chicago and serious bridge
    Chicago Milwaukee in st. Paul railway Peter in 1902 I’ll include these details in the bottom
    guys another kind of hard to read now so let me see y’all in 2009 city of Chicago into the bridge turn the bridge into the
    streets of changes it was okay but the money being exhibits so I guess
    the line is active but they don’t use the bridge because otherwise it’s a
    fixed bridge now there is probably no navigation as it was during that time and they have to try to cross me because
    curiosity is killing me so it is an active track that’s crazy and I should have worn some gloves and
    yeah you can tell they got it recently got something so much has been on this
    you go this exaction okay guys so a few hundred feet more came to the in that
    building there then you got best fires right there and Vinnies beverage depot
    up ahead let’s see what comes to this area right I had to pass a little you
    can’t forget you what is it end of trip oh man okay so yeah no parking etc etc it continues to go
    that way for a long while so I guess I’ll follow it on Google Earth and see
    where it leads alright guys I’m gonna head back to the
    car thank you very much for company coming
    with me on this tour appreciate it take care
    subscribe if you got it buh-bye

    Train collision at Slinger railroad crossing is an extremely rare occurrence
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    Train collision at Slinger railroad crossing is an extremely rare occurrence

    August 31, 2019


    THINGS FANS WON’T BE ABLE TO USE TONIGHT. THERE ARE TRAIN AND CAR CRASHES AND TRAIN DERAILMENTS, BUT THIS IS EXTREMELY RARE HERE. TWO TRAINS ARE COLLIDING AT A RAILROAD CROSSING. TODAY SO MANY OF YOU ARE QUESTIONING HOW COULD SOMETHING LIKE THIS ACTUALLY HAPPEN? THE COLLISION WAS LAST NIGHT AND THE CLEAN UP INTENSE. THREE ENGINES AND 10 RAILCARS DERAILED SPILLING 5,000 GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL. WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE THROUGHOUT THE DAY. 12 NEWS IS LIVE ON ON THE GROUND. FIRST WE WANT TO GO TO MATT WHO IS LIVE IN NEWS CHOPPER 12. THE MESS THAT IS THERE. THAT’S RIGHT, THE CREWS ARE WORKING TO GET THINGS CLEANED UP SO THEY CAN REOPEN THE SECTION OF TRAFFIC. THE TRAFFIC CROSSES RIGHT BETWEEN SLINGER HIGH SCHOOL AND A FUEL TANK FARM. YOU CAN SEE CREWS OUT HERE WORKING TRYING TO SIPHON OFF THE FUEL THAT SPILLED. THEY ARE DOWN THERE WORKING WITH TANKER TRUCKS TRYING TO SUCK UP SOME OF THE FUEL SPILL TO GET THAT ALL CLEANED UP. OTHER CREWS ARE WORKING TO REPAIR SOME OF THE TRACKS TRYING TO GET THIS OPEN. YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF THE MESS IS STILL IN PLACE. WE WILL HAVE MORE ON HOW THE PROGRESS IS COMING IN A FEW MINUTES. BACK TO YOU GUYS. NICK IS GETTING NEW INFORMATION ON HOW ALL OF THIS HAPPENED. RESCUE CREWS GAVE WAY TO CLEAN UP CREWS. THE CLEAN UP IS UNDERWAY AND IT IS VERY MUCH A PROJECT CONSIDERING TWO FREIGHT TRAINS COLLIDED AT A CROSSING AND JUST DOWN THE WAY THE PROGRESS IS REMARKABLE. EVEN AS THE SUN ROSE CREWS WERE ALREADY WORKING TO CLEAR THE TRACKS. THIS WREAK NOT ONLY INTERRUPTED RAIL COMERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE, BUT A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP FOR A GOOD MANY RESIDENTS. IT STOPPED ON THE TRACKS. THEY ALWAYS BREAK DOWN ANYWAYS, BUT THE FIREFIGHTER AND POLICE CAME IN. TRUCKS GOING BY WITH THE LIGHTS FLASHES AND THEN OUR NEIGHBOR CAME OVER AND TOLD US WE WERE SUPPOSED TO EVACUATE. WE WENT TO MY SISTER SISTER-IN-LAW’S PLACE. 12 NEWS LEARNED NORTHBOUND WISCONSIN AND SOUTHERN TRAIN STOPPED BEFORE COMPLETELY CLEARING A SPOT WHERE THE TRACKS CROSSED LIKE AN ELONGATED X. PART OF THE TRAIN WAS HANGING OVER THE CROSSING. IT WAS CROSSED BY A SOUTHBOUND CN RAIL TRAIN. TWO MEN ON THE CN RAIL TRAIN WERE HURT, BUT HAD MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TREATED AND RELEASED. THIS WAS ON TOP OF THE SCENE. THIS WAS THE FIRST OF THREE LOCO MOTIVES THAT WERE UPRIGHTED AND TAKEN OUT OF HERE. THIS IS SOME 15 HOURS AFTER THE TRAIN CRASHED. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG PROCESS. THE LOCO MOTIVES ARE HEAVILY DAMAGED AND ONE SPILLED ABOUT 5,000 GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL. THE FIRE CHIEF SAID IT DIDN’T REACH A NEARBY CREEK. HE SUGGESTS RESIDENTS STILL STEER CLEAR. STARE CLEAR. TRAFFIC SHOULD BE AWARE OF THAT AND TRY NOT TO RUBBERNECK TOO MUCH. AND THE INVESTIGATION WILL INVOLVE CERTAINLY INTERVIEWS WITH CREWS AND INSPECTING THE TRACKS AND THE EQUIPMENT. THE PEOPLE WHO WERE EVACUATED WERE ALLOWED BACK IN THEIR HOME IN ABOUT FIVE HOURS. THE WORRY WAS ABOUT THE DIESEL FUEL POSSIBLY IGNITING. I JUST TALKED TO A REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE RAILROAD AND THEY TELL ME THEY WILL BE ABLE TO REOPEN THE TRACK HERE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW HOURS.

    Railroad magazine celebrates milestone
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    Railroad magazine celebrates milestone

    August 22, 2019


    A MAJOR MILESTONE.>>STEVE, YOU WANT TO HELP ME HERE GET THIS OPEN?>>EDITOR NEIL BESOUGLOFF AND THE STAFF AT KALMBACH PUBLISHING IN WAUKESHA ARE CELEBRATING A MAJOR MILESTONE.>>THIS IS THE KIND OF MAGAZINE PEOPLE GET FOR DECADES.>>THE APRIL 2017 ISSUE OF MODEL RAILROADER IS THE 1,000TH EDITION.>>WE CONSTANTLY MEET READERS THAT HAVE BEEN BROODING OUR MAGAZINE FOR 10, 20, 30 YEARS.>>THE PUBLICATION OFFERS DO IT YOURSELF AND HOW TO ADVICE FOR PEOPLE BUILDING THEIR OWN MODEL TRAIN SETS.>>IT IS A GOOD PASS TIME. IT IS A HEALTHY HOBBY. IT’S FUN.>>STAFF MEMBERS LAID OUT EVERY SINGLE ISSUE END TO END, THIS TRAIN OF MAGAZINE STRETCH FROM ONE TO END OF THE BUILDING TO THE OTHER. THE LOOK OF MODERN RAILROADER HAS CHANGED. THIS IS THE VERY FIRST EDITION PUBLISHE JANUARY 1934. AND OVER HERE, WE HAVE THE LATEST ADDITION THE 1,000 ISSUE. ,>>>>THE FIRST ISSUE WAS ONLY 12 PAGES. IT WAS SOMETHING YOU WOULD DROP ON THE FLOOR AND YOU WOULDN’T EVEN REALIZE WAS THERE.>>THESE ISSUES ALSO GIVE US A GLIMPSE INTO AMERICAN HISTORY.>>THE MOST INTERESTING TIME WAS DURING WORLD WAR II. >>A PAPER SHORTAGE DURING THE WAR FORCED SOME NOTICEABLE CHANGES.>>THE COLOR OF THE PAPER GOT REAL YELLOW BECAUSE THAT IS ALL THAT WAS AVAILABLE TO DO THE PRINTING.>>83 YEARS IN, MODEL RAILROADER SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN. PATRICK: MODEL RAILROADERS SAYS

    Sen. Baldwin announces railroad crossing safety upgrades
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    Sen. Baldwin announces railroad crossing safety upgrades

    August 18, 2019


    WEATHERWATCH 12 FORECAST. SHELDON: THANKS A LOT, CHRIS. PEDESTRIAN AND RAILROAD CROSSINGS IN SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN ARE ABOUT TO GET SAFER. U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN AND THE HEAD OF THE FEDERAL RAILRO ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THAT A $3 MILLION GRANT WILL BE USED TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT CROSSINGS IN WAUKESHA COUNTY. CREWS WILL ADD MORE LIGHTS AND GATES AT 10:00 CROSSINGS ALONG A 10-MILE STRETCH. THERE WILL ALSO BE A PEDESTRIA PATH AND CROSSING. RAIL CROSSINGS THAT ALREADY HAVE TWO GATES WILL GET TWO MORE TO INCREASE SAFETY. SARAH FEINBERG: SO THIS GRANT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO EQUI CROSSINGS TO PREVENT VEHICLES FROM TRYING TO MAKE IT INTO THE PATH OF A TRAIN, ESPECIALLY TRAINS TRANSPORTING CRUDE OIL, AND IT MOVES US CLOSER TO ACHIEVING THE GOAL REDUCING FATALITIES AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS. SHELDO AFTER THIS MORNING’S ANNOUNCEMENT IN PEWAUKEE, RAILROAD ADMINISTRATOR SARAH FEINBERG AND SENATOR BALDW WALKED TO THE OAKTON AVENUE RAILROAD AS A TRAIN CAME THROUGH.

    Railroad Trespassing – Find a Different Way: Cody Paugel’s Story
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    Railroad Trespassing – Find a Different Way: Cody Paugel’s Story

    August 15, 2019


    It was October 12th, 2012. I was 16 years old. I was walking on the tracks. I had headphones in, music blaring, walking
    the same way I do every single day. I heard a noise in the background and I turned
    around and I saw the Amtrak train right behind me. All I could think of doing at that point was
    just jump, try to get away from it, and unfortunately it still got me. I remember seeing my shoe fly off and then
    hitting the ground. You know when I got to the hospital I was
    in pretty rough shape. The initial impact broke my pelvis, my hip,
    four cracked ribs. I remember waking up, my leg was in traction. All in all, I had 31 surgeries, a lot of physical
    therapy. I had to relearn how to walk, how to use the
    bathroom, but I did survive. I was lucky. It doesn’t always happen that way. All in all, I just wasn’t thinking about what
    I was doing. Don’t go on the train tracks. Don’t take that shortcut. There’s different ways to get to where you
    need to go.

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    Railroad crossings in St. Francis reopen after Tuesday derailment

    August 15, 2019


    THAT IS A LOOK AT THE MORNING COMMUTE. BACK TO YOU. THANK YOU. WE’RE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING. YES, IT WAS A MESS THERE. THE DAMAGED TRAIN TOWED AWAY FROM THE SCENE AN HOUR AGO. WE HAVE A MAP SHOWING YOU THE IMPACTED AREA. IT’S BORDERED BY ST. FRANCIS AVENUE TO THE NORTH AND VAN NORMAN AVENUE TO THE SOUTH. HILLARY IS LIVE AT ONE OF THE INTERSECTIONS. WE ARE HERE AT IOWA AND ST. FRANCIS AVENUE. THIS IS WHERE THE DERAILMENT HAPPENED. THESE CROSSING BARS WERE ABLE TO GO BACK UP THIS MORNING AND PEOPLE HAVING NO PROBLEM. ALL THOUGH LAST NIGHT, IT WAS PROBABLY THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME. IT WAS DURING THE EVENING RUSH THERE. IT WAS A MESS HERE. THE CREWS SPENT THE ENTIRE NIGHT TRYING TO GET THE TRAIN OFF THE TRACKS. AT ONE POINT THEY WERE USING A CUTTING TORCH AND CREATING SPARKS, THE CRASH AND CLEAN UP BLOCKED THE INTERSECTIONS AND CLOSING 2 MILES OF ROAD AND THE NEIGHBORS HEARD THE LOUD CRASH, BUT TO WHAT HAPPENED OR THE CAUSE, THAT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION THIS MORNING AND REALLY THE GOOD NEWS, THEY ARE

    Wauwatosa officials looking at railroad crossing safety
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    Wauwatosa officials looking at railroad crossing safety

    August 13, 2019


    WISN 12 NEWS TIME IS 6:04. BACK TO YOU. SOUNDING THE ALARM ABOUT SAFETY AT ONE OF THE STATE’S BUSIEST RAILROAD CROSSINGS. THESE TRACKS MIGHT LOOK FAMILIAR TO YOU. IT’S THE CROSSING NEAR 68TH AND STATE, IN WAUWATOSA. OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING AT OPTIONS FOR HOW TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE, AFTER ANOTHER DEATH ON THE TRACKS. RIGHT NOW, TRAINS IN WAUWATOSA ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SOUND THEIR HORNS UNLESS THERE’S AN EMERGENCY. THE CITY SAYS THE QUIET ZONE WILL BE REVIEWED IF ANY FORMAL COMPLAINTS OF SAFETY CONCERNS

    Soo Line Railroad cab ride,  Bensenville, IL to Sabula, IA 1995
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    Soo Line Railroad cab ride, Bensenville, IL to Sabula, IA 1995

    August 11, 2019


    Soo Line SD40-2 6602 & GP40 4600, power for 437 west. Train crew: Tom Meirhoff, conductor and George Brinson, engineer. I was making a conductor territory familiarization trip. 473 proceeding to west end of Bensenville yard for departure. Note on right the long dormant steel water tower once used to supply water for Milwaukee Road steam locomotives. Hump yard movement signals for hump track leads. Metra “scoot” (commuter train) heading west on mainline. Actually, the recording came out pretty good considering the video camera technology for the time! Lunar (white) pot or dwarf signal giving permission to enter mainline tracks at restricted speed (actually, 10 mph yard speed). Control operator tower B 17 on right. Crossing over from two main to one main. Bensenville Metra depot. MP 17.2 Tower B 17 reported 437 has passed his tower location (entire train all on one main). Wood Dale Metra depot. MP 19.1 Itasca Metra depot. MP 21.0 Eastbound “scoot” on two main. Pingree Grove MP 41.9. Waiting for eastbound “Davis Turn” to pass on two main before proceeding west onto single track mainline. Spring switch set for eastbound trains to enter two main. A few miles west of Davis Junction at about MP 82.0 Bridge crossing Rock River (east of Byron, IL). Byron, IL. Where former CGW (Chicago Great Western Railroad) mainline crossed these tracks at grade. Eastbound train ahead in Adeline siding informing 437 crew that west end of siding switch is open (requiring 437 to stop and line west switch to proceed west). Trackside warning detector (hot box) MP 98.6 Trackside warning detector at MP 98.6 with automatic recording providing “no defects” for any defective journals (overheated wheel bearings or “hot box”). Approaching Adeline siding MP 101.3 with eastbound train “in the hole” (siding). Note hardly any graffiti painted on the sides of the freight cars. Today, you’d be hard pressed to find a freight car without any sort of graffiti!!! Approaching Savanna, IL and Mississippi River drawbridge. Savanna, IL MP 138.3 Burlington Northern Railroad (BNSF today) diamond (crossing at grade). Mississippi River on right. Sabula drawbridge over Mississippi River MP 140.8. Bridge operator’s shanty on left. Sabula, Iowa

    Railroad offers some explanation for train horns in a quiet zone
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    Railroad offers some explanation for train horns in a quiet zone

    August 8, 2019


    KEEP THAT POCKET DAY. RESIDENTS ARE ANGRY ABOUT LOUD TRAINS IN THE QUIET ZONE. WE ARE GETTING SOME ANSWERS AS TO WHY IT IS HAPPENING. WE INVESTIGATE TODAY THE INSTANCES WHERE THE HORNS WILL CONTINUE TO SOUND. [HORNS] CANADIAN PACIFIC SAYS THE MONTH-LONG INVESTIGATION REVEALS THAT ITS TRAINS ARE WELL WITHIN THE LAW TO BLOW THEIR HORNS LOUD AND CLEAR EVEN INSIDE THE QUIET ZONE. A SPOKESMAN TELLS WEALTH NEWS BY PHONE, THEY ARE PRONE TO FREQUENT TRESPASSING AND SCHEDULED TRACK MAINTENANCE WORK. IT IS A RECURRENCE THAT INVOLVES PEOPLE WHO WERE ON THE TRACK, THE SOUND THE WHISTLE TO ALERT THE PEOPLE. BUT FOR SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THE LOUD WHISTLE, THAT RESPONSE DOES NOT HOLD WATER. IT IS REAL LOUD. I DON’T THINK IT IS NECESSARY. DIFFICULTLY TAKE THE BUS RIGHT NEXT TO THE TRACKS. ANOTHER LADY WHO DOES NOT WANT TO BE IDENTIFIED SAYS SHE HAS BEEN LIVING HERE FOR 27 YEARS AND THINKS THE RAILROAD IS RIGHT TO SOUND THE ALARM BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE TRESPASSING. I HAVE WATCHED PEOPLE GO AROUND THE BARRICADE AND GET HIT BY TRAINS BECAUSE THEY WERE IN A HURRY. I DON’T SEE ANY REASONS WHY THE TRAINS CAN BE BLOWING. THE MAYOR IS OUT OF TOWN UNTIL NEXT WEEK. THEY ARE REVIEWING THE INVESTIGATION I CANADIAN PACIFIC AND WILL MAKE A DECISION LATER ABOUT WHAT TO DO.