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Commercial railroad traffic congested in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's commercial railroad traffic has been hurt by cold weather, government work limits, and congestion at a major hub.

It has all added up to slower deliveries for products and industrial materials.

The Wisconsin State Journal says freight trains stop wherever they are, once they hit the federal limits on the hours they can move.

In northwest Wisconsin, a train was stopped for 27 hours across a road in Rusk County -- which caused a rushing ambulance to take a detour recently.

The Madison paper said rail operators have stopped trains in the middle of crossings and blocked roads until the government gives them a fresh set of hours.

The cold winter has not helped, either. The State Journal says the sub-zero temperatures have caused rails to crack, and switches to freeze.

They've also run trains with fewer cars due to the safety issues. Also, a major railroad hub in Chicago has had more congestion.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)