Cold weather, hour limits hurting Wisconsin trains

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The harsh winter, congestion and federal work limits are hurting Wisconsin's burgeoning train transport industry.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports in Monday's editions the industry is battling reliability issues. This winter's frigid temperatures cracked tracks, froze switches and forced more intense safety measures including running trains with fewer cars. The Chicago yard, the hub of the U.S. rail industry, also has seen congestion. It's all added up to slower delivery times for products.

Meanwhile, the newspaper reports, federal hour limits on train workers has led to operators stopping trains in the middle of crossings, blocking roads and creating potential problems for emergency vehicles. A train was stopped for 27 hours across a Rusk County road recently, forcing an ambulance to take a detour.

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