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    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.