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Talgo-built trains could head to Michigan instead of staying in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Two new high speed trains that were supposed to be used in Wisconsin could be heading to Michigan instead.

Michigan's DOT is looking to buy two ready to use trains by August for a new 110-mile an hour passenger rail service from Detroit to Chicago.

Talgo of Milwaukee built the trains.

Nobody's saying yet whether the company put in a bid with Michigan, but a high speed rail advocate tells the Journal Sentinel that the Talgo trains are the only modern units available right now.

Rick Harnish of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association said the Talgo trains are in excellent shape, and they would provide the quality needed for what will be a curvy rail line across lower Michigan.

Talgo built the units after former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle arranged for a federal grant for new train service from Milwaukee to Madison.

Republican Governor Scott Walker scrapped the new line, and rejected the federal funding, after he was elected in 2010. Talgo went to court, and its case is still pending.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)