Long trains coming


June 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The flooding Missouri River is forcing the railroads to reroute their traffic and make the trains longer than normal. In Atlantic, City Administrator Doug Harris says that means Union Pacific rail traffic through the City will be on the increase, and could affect the length of time you spend waiting at railroad crossings.

Harris told the City Council during their meeting Wednesday night, he’s received word from the Union Pacific Railroad, that they will be routing 8-more trains than normal daily, through Atlantic, because of the Midwestern floods. The U-P says the trains will be more frequent, and longer than those that normally go through the City. 

Railroad officials are asking motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to use extra caution, when approaching and crossing the tracks.