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WISN Menomonee Valley Webcam:
Did you know there is a railroad webcam in Milwaukee? Well, sort of. It's a Channel 12 weather camera located at Miller Park and faces east down "the Valley". From the daytime shots you can see the Canadian Pacific main (on the lower left) from Cut Off, the ramp to the old Milwaukee Road shops, the 35th St. viaduct, and the electric towers from the TM days. It is either motion activated or just updates every 9 minutes. Some days it is pointed more easterly down the valley which won't show the mainline but does tell you if the smokes stacks from the old shops are still standing. Not recommended for night viewing. NOTE: During bad weather it becomes a "traffic cam" for Miller Parkway.

New Tracks Ahead series now in production:
Milwaukee Public Television has started production on the seventh series of its popular Tracks Ahead program. The sixth series is in high definition and the primary underwriters are World's Greatest Hobby and Kalmbach Publishing Co. Visit the Tracks Ahead site for the latest updates.

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April 3, 2008
Wrecking crews are dismantling ferry on outer harbor
The Buffalo News
A dilapidated, 123-year-old ferry is being dismantled, and not a moment too soon in the eyes of some who have complained about the vessel moored in the outer harbor.

April 3, 2008
Editorial: A stale stalemate: Now that that the feds again have come up with Milwaukee's transit fare, officials here need to show once and for all that they actually can agree on a destination.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
Milwaukee officials got another chance this week to get things moving on transit. We can only hope this time that they won't resort to their old habits and blow it.

April 2, 2008
Retrospect: Charles Zimmermann held the reins at Sussex Lumber for 42 years
Sussex Lumber went by many names between its beginnings in 1886 as Sherry Lumber Co. and its demolition on Sept. 13, 2004.

April 1, 2008
Transit study funds restored: County, city can assess best use for $91.5 million; timing may help Walker
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
The federal government has cleared a key obstacle that stood in the way of local authorities seeking to use $91.5 million in long-idle transit aid, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced Monday.

March 31, 2008
Raised on farm, she found MPS her calling (Pam Young obituary)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
In her 11 years as a special education and second-grade teacher for the Milwaukee Public Schools, Pam Young started a Cub Scout pack at Clarke Street Elementary School and later formed Cub Scout Pack 22 at Starms Discovery Learning Center.

March 28, 2008
Train-vehicle crashes drop in state
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
Collisions between trains and vehicles at rail crossings in Wisconsin declined for the second straight year in 2007, according to information released Thursday by the state Department of Transportation.

March 27, 2008
Transit money could be rescued: Barrett, Walker both have plans
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he has found an option that could help free $91.5 million in frozen federal transit aid.

March 22, 2008
Pair accused of wire theft: Two men took 498 feet for scrap value, deputies say
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
Town of Jackson - Two Washington County men are accused of using a strap this week to pull several hundred feet of insulated copper wire off poles along an abandoned communications line adjacent to Canadian National Railway Co. tracks south of West Bend.

March 15, 2008
Historical society has designs on old depot: Plan would move building to Caledonia
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
If the Caledonia Historical Society can find a way to obtain the old Sturtevant train station on Wisconsin St. in that village, a beloved piece of regional history could be saved and become part of a historical park.

March 14, 2008
We Energies seeks another rate increase: Natural gas, other fuel prices soaring, officials say
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
We Energies on Thursday asked state regulators to raise electric rates by $79 million because of surges in the price of natural gas used in its power plants and other fuel cost increases.

March 13, 2008
Circus Parade will not arrive via train
The Great Circus Parade is returning to Milwaukee July 12, 2009, but no one is sure just how it will arrive here.

March 11, 2008
Old Rail Fence: The train derailment of 1956
It's been over 50 years, but unless you lived in Duplainville at the time or were a passenger, few people remember the train derailment on May 7, 1956.

March 9, 2008
Clash over use of Tower site leads to suit: Lawyer wants city to grant occupancy permits to firms
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
The single biggest industrial site in Milwaukee remains largely vacant, even as the investors who bought the property more than a year ago insist that they have plenty of ideas for infusing it with new life.

March 9, 2008
Editorial by Tom Barrett: Time for balanced transit
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
One of the most powerful economic development tools a community can use to create new opportunities is a modern, balanced and integrated transportation system that unites the region and connects workers to jobs.

March 7, 2008
Dilapidated lake ferry Lansdowne to be removed: City threatened $1,000-per-day fines
Buffalo News
A historic but unsightly boat, branded an eyesore by City of Buffalo officials, should be "anchors aweigh" by May 1. [Note: this ferry has two ex-Milwaukee Road observation cars on it. - JR]

March 6, 2008
Severed body found near railroad tracks
A severed body of a 61-year-old Milwaukee man was found Tuesday near the railroad tracks behind the Extended Stay Hotel at 11211 W. North Ave.

March 6, 2008
Man killed in Random Lake rail accident ID'd
Sheboygan Press
A train conductor from Indiana died Wednesday night in Random Lake when he was crushed between two railroad cars while making a delivery, officials said.

March 6, 2008
Railroad worker killed in Random Lake
A Wisconsin & Southern Railroad employee died last night after becoming pinned between two train cars at Lakeside Foods Company in Sheboygan County.

March 6, 2008
City gets cross with railroad's repair efforts: March 27 hearing will air complaint against Union Pacific
West AllisNOW
The city of West Allis has filed a complaint against Union Pacific Railroad for failing to comply with requested repairs to crossings at 55th, 57th, 60th, 80th and 82nd streets.

March 1, 2008
Train strikes semi load of precast concrete
JSonline.com Regional News Briefs
Waukesha - A 72-year-old semitrailer truck driver escaped injury Saturday when his truck was struck by a freight train on College Ave.

March 1, 2008
Train Hits Truck In Waukesha
WAUKESHA - A northbound Canadian Pacific train struck the back of a semi truck on College Ave. near Maple Ave. on Saturday morning.

March 1, 2008
Clash over use of Tower site leads to suit: Lawyer wants city to grant occupancy permits to firms
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
The owner of the 84-acre portion of the former Tower Automotive site has sued the City of Milwaukee in an attempt to get occupancy permits for three businesses that want to set up shop there.

February 27, 2008
Action at Nashotah
Duplainville Homepage
Axle changeout on CP's No. 8578 at Nashotah.

February 19, 2008
Old Rail Fence: The community known as Duplainville
Although it is now just a blip on a side road, there was once a bustling little community east of the Village of Pewaukee known as Duplainville. As with any small town in the early to mid-1900s, there were businesses to cater to the people living in the surrounding area, and this was no exception.

February 14, 2008
Where the rails are made of gold
Right On Column by Patrick McIlheran
Randall O'Toole, a noted transit-boondoggle watchdog, pointed out something last week in the Journal Sentinel:

February 13, 2008
Historic site home to new business in Eagle
The motel and saloon at the corner of Highways NN and 67 in Eagle was built in 1854 and originally served as a boarding house and tavern for railroad workers. Bill and Jan Suhm bought the building and opened it as Suhmer's Saloon on June 14, 2007. Suhmer's Saloon is a combination business with a full-size bar, restaurant, hall and four motel rooms.

February 9, 2008
Costs will outweigh benefits [Editorial]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
To understand the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority's proposal for a Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee commuter rail line, you need to know only one thing: Rail transit is really, really expensive.

February 9, 2008
Sturtevant files suit over elevators: Depot design lets in too much weather
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
Sturtevant - The village has filed suit against the designers and architect of the towers at the new Amtrak depot, contending that a faulty design of the towers leaves the elevators open to the elements, which causes the lifts to break down and require service more often.

January 31, 2008
Woman escapes serious injuries as train hits car
A 24-year-old Milwaukee woman was taken to Froedtert Hospital after her car was struck by a train on North Avenue last weekend.

January 31, 2008
Trains: A fact of life in Waukesha: Though complaints are steady, freight industry dictates few things are regular about schedules
Waukesha Freeman
WAUKESHA - At the height of what passes for rush hour in downtown Waukesha, Debbie Rodgers of Chicago found herself tied up in traffic at a railroad crossing for the second time in as many days.

January 27, 2008
Editorial: Climb on board or get out of the way: Business leaders need to make their political counterparts understand that a transportation system including commuter rail is essential to the region's economic health.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
Business leaders get it. They understand that economic development and a healthy economy require a healthy infrastructure. They understand that a key element of that infrastructure has to be a sound and balanced transportation system that can move their goods and their workers. And they understand that "sound and balanced" refers to shipping, roads, air and, yes, rail.

January 24, 2008
Train station could be catalyst for redevelopment
Perhaps the best hope for kick-starting a revival of downtown South Milwaukee is the possible extension of the Metra commuter rail line from Kenosha to Milwaukee.

January 22, 2008
An SD20 Farewell
WSOR web site
The WSOR retired its last SD20 at the Janesville roundhouse on January 22, 2008.

January 21, 2008
New bill to fund transit proposed: Bill would allow binding referendums to give communities input
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
Levying a regional transit sales tax would be far more difficult for rail lines than for buses, under the latest version of proposed legislation co-authored by a leading opponent of Milwaukee-area commuter trains.

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