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Crossing the line

Union Pacific, local officers work for safety

March 15, 2013

While drivers crossed the railroad tracks in Fort Dodge Friday evening, they may not have thought much about the Union Pacific train that periodically stopped traffic....

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Anderson

Mar-17-13 1:40 PM

Without its railroads, Taxed..., Dodge would be Sac City, or Humboldt at best, so count your blessings, one of which is a profitable UP, important factors of which are speed and delivery time. Also, I would note that drivers in Gowrie and elsewhere contend with train speeds of 40 mph without difficulty; are Dodgers just poorer, or more reckless, drivers? By the way, the speed restriction that high bridge makes for pretty slow traffic through Dodge in any case.

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Fairplay

Mar-17-13 12:34 PM

Taxed...be happy being a sniveling little whiner about every topic imaginable is not a crime. You'd be a felon.

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TAXEDENOUGH

Mar-16-13 11:27 PM

If saftey is a concern why did the railroad a few years back up their speed through Fort Dodge. Seems like this is all about money. The cops could have spent time stopping at places that have yet to shovel their side walks and give them warnigs. Slips and falls and making people walk on the streets because sidewalks are not shoveled seems to me to be a saftey issue. I forgot, there is no money to be made and they would have to get out of the car and walk in the snow.

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Anderson

Mar-16-13 8:02 PM

Anyone remember the collisions not too long ago near Duncombe and on old US-20 west of Dodge, or the plethora of Think! signs that festooned RR crossings years ago? Whole families were wiped out in IA near Boxholm and south of Iowa City. Contesting the right of way is costly for UP, so its crossing safety effort should be praised, not condemned. Between populist regulation and self-serving RR brotherhoods' anti-dated work rules, the best and most complete rail network in the world was hamstrung until the vary late 20th century and so shrunk to a shadow of its former self before the govt & unions finally got out of the way and railroads again flourished economically. Corruption had cameimmediately with govt subsidization, regulation and "picking winners" (sound familiar?) during and after the Civil War. Just thank God we have the RR's we do, given all the subsidization of competitors that continues to this day.

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Horsewagled

Mar-16-13 7:59 PM

Hey fdeastsidr guess you never looked under the train at the 100s of square feet better braking could be added. 1 second is all that is needed at times.

...HIGHWAY USER'S ACTIONS: DRIVER DID NOT STOP. WARNING DEVICES DID NOT ACTIVATE DUE TO MAINTENANCE/INSPECTION INSULATED VEHICLE...Seems like the last collision in Ft. Dodge in 2011 the numb skull railroad guy didn't stop and yield like the railroads rules read. Of course the state and FEDs sleeping with the railroads didn't do nothing.

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fdeastsidr

Mar-16-13 8:32 AM

sucky brakes? Tell me horsewagled, just what kind of brakes should they have? A loaded 110 car train of corn is over 15,000 tons. Do you really think there is some magic brake that can stop that much mass in 100 feet? You are the idiot

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Colonelbanters

Mar-16-13 3:27 AM

Do they just cut and paste this article every year? As if you needed another reason to avoid Fort Dodge, knowing that there are law enforcement entrapments surrounding you will certainly make you reconsider going near the town that is hot on the beat of solving things that aren't really an issue to begin with-lol!

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jammer

Mar-16-13 1:56 AM

Gosh, I didn't realize that trains running over cars in Ft. Dodge was a big problem. You've made quit a list of do's and dont's that I wasn't aware of. Sure glad I know now.

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Horsewagled

Mar-16-13 1:09 AM

The New York Times wrote articles about these jury tampering dog and pony shows trying to sway jurors.

It's their trains with sucky brakes and no steering SPEEDING thjrough our towns without the proper safety equipment. Who gives these UP idiots safety lessons that killed 138 people last year when normal drivers going the same miles had like 6 fatalities.

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