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UP to boost train speed on Wisconsin line


Union Pacific Railroad plans to increase train speed from 25 mph to 50 mph on a 112-mile line between Milwaukee and Adams, Wis.   

The Class I will boost speed by 10 mph on Dec. 10 and by 15 mph on Dec. 17 to reach the new maximum speed limit.  

Last year, UP spent more than $1 million to replace rail between Adams and Oxford; this year, the railroad will spend more than $9 million to improve the line from Milwaukee to near Lebanon, Wis., by replacing nearly 24 miles of rail, removing and installing more than 33,000 ties, and replacing surfaces at 57 grade crossings.   
The work is part of UP’s $2.6 billion capital spending budget for 2010.

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