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More trains on the rails near Rugby

By Staff | Feb 7, 2014

Railroad traffic through the city of Rugby has increased in recent months.

In addition to the two routes Amtrak takes through the city, several trains with oil, mixed load, container, grain, automobile and lumber cars have been going through morning, noon and night.

Rugby resident Dale Niewoehner has certainly noticed the increase in traffic. In a list sent to the Tribune, Niewoehner reported that Amtrak had two routes going through the city until January 27. since then only one Amtrak train has been going through, and at later times.

Amtrak depot agent Duane Veach said that the amount of trains on the railroad has affected Amtrak’s schedule, especially with the westbound train scheduling.

“Both the derailments and the increased volume have created more traffic on the railroads,” Veach said.

Niewoehner also reported that 38 trains carrying only oil had passed through Rugby from Jan. 18-Thursday morning, Feb. 6. Twenty-five trains have been carrying only grain, and several trains have been carried mixed or combination loads.

With the recent increase in volume of oil trains, combined with the recent derailment and explosion near Casselton, Rugby Police Chief John Rose has expressed concerns.

“We don’t want another Casselton,” Rose said.

An explosion the magnitude of what occurred near Casselton would be a complete disaster if it were to occur in or near the city of Rugby, Rose said. The disaster would be one that, Rose also said, the city wouldn’t be immediately equipped to handle.

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