Friday, October 11, 2013

Train Speeds Increase

Union Pacific Railroad has notified the City of Sallisaw that it plans to increase train speeds through the city beginning November 1, 2013.

In an excerpt from the letter written to the city's officials, Union Pacific states, "The Union Pacific tracks through your area are Class 4 track, for which the speed limit for freight trains is 60 miles per hour.  Although we have in the past restricted speeds over this track to 35 miles per hour for various reasons, we will increase the speed to 50 miles per hour.  Weekly speed increases of not more than 5 miles per hour will start on November 1, 2013 and will be 50 miles an hour effective December 1, 2013.  The speed increase will start at Mile Post 525 to Mile Post 526.2.There are 8 crossings in this area.  These crossings include Dogwood, US 59 or Wheeler, Oak, Elm, Maple, Hickory, Washington and Adams in downtown Sallisaw."  This according to the city's website.

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