Railroad Speeds Increasing

railroad crossing signHartley, Iowa — If the trains passing through some northwest Iowa towns seem to be moving a little more quickly than before, it’s not just your imagination.

According to the Canadian Pacific Railroad, train speeds through the towns of Hartley, Everly and Spencer have now increased from 10 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour.  The railroad says that the speeds, which are regulated by the federal government, were made possible by track and signal upgrades in those three communities.  They say that the increase in the speed of the trains passing through these towns will serve to clear crossings more quickly, allowing motorists to spend less time waiting at a crossing.

You are reminded to stop and wait when a crossing arm is down or red lights are flashing at a train crossing.  Remember that the trains will take a mile or more to come to a stop.

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