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UP to lift temporary speed limit through Illinois town


Beginning Dec. 1, Union Pacific Railroad expects to gradually increase train speed through Marion, Ill., from 10 mph to 35 mph.

For more than a year, UP has enforced a temporary speed limit of 10 mph though the city because of poor track conditions, but the Class I recently improved the track and inspected all signals.

UP plans to increase train speed 10 mph the weeks of Dec. 1 and 8, and 5 mph the week of Dec. 15 to reach the new speed limit.

During 2003, the Class I has increased train speed in several communities – including seven Texas towns – after improving track and modifying grade-crossing signals.

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