City fields complaints about abandoned train

THORP, Wis. (WEAU) -- A train spent nearly six hours sitting abandoned in Thorp, before moving out of town Thursday afternoon.

City Administrator Randy Reeg says he first noticed the train around 7:30 a.m. Thursday on a Canadian National Railway track that goes through town. The train was blocking Cemetery Street on the east side of town, and another road outside of the city limits. Reeg says the train was at least a half-mile long. Later that morning, the city started taking calls from nearby businesses with semis that couldn't get past the train. Reeg says Canadian National told the city that the crew had run out of hours, and that the railroad was looking for another crew to continue running the train. He says the train was moving again as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Reeg considers this a one-time nuisance, and doesn't expect to rush into any kind of measure to prevent it from happening again. WEAU 13 News talked to a railroad spokesman late Thursday. He said the train was stopped at a railroad siding, which is a stretch of track that runs along the main track, and provides a place for one train to pass another. He said another crew was brought to continue the route. He added that the railroad works very hard to minimize blocked crossings and delays for drivers.

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