Trains: A fact of life in Waukesha
Though complaints are steady, freight industry 
dictates few things are regular about schedules

By LINDA McALPINE - GM Today Staff 

January 31, 2008


Traffic comes to a standstill Friday as a train crosses East Avenue. As many as 25 trains a day pass through the city.

WAUKESHA - At the height of what passes for rush hour in downtown Waukesha, Debbie Rodgers of Chicago found herself tied up in traffic at a railroad crossing for the second time in as many days.

"I come to the Waukesha area a couple of times a month on business and it seems that whenever I do, I get stuck by a train in downtown," she said with a laugh.

Trains are a fact of life in a city that is basically bisected by railroad tracks.




"About 25 freight trains a day run through Waukesha," said Tom Running, rail safety analyst with the state’s railroad commission office. "They can have as few as one car and go up to 100 or more in length."

And if you think they run on a tight schedule, like passenger trains of days gone by, you’d be wrong, Running said.

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This story appeared in The Freeman on January 31, 2008.