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Trains chugging faster than usual in western Wisconsin

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Anyone stopped at a railway crossing in the past week may have noticed the train chugging past faster than usual.

On Feb. 21 Union Pacific Railroad increased train speed on its rail line by 10 mph and another 10 mph on Feb. 28, when the new maximum speed limit of 50 mph went into effect.


The speed increase is a result of recent track improvements between Hudson and Menomonie.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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