Friday, September 19, 2014

Trains built and banished in WI are headed for Michigan, Illinois

This blog has tracked the banishment by Scott Walker of new Amtrak trains, rail-line construction work and train assembly jobs in Wisconsin - - and noted the happy arrival in Oregon of two of the banned-but-built in Wisconsin trains:

Join us in a celebration
train cab in production
Oregon's Talgo trainset, preparing for move to Colorado 


On Friday, July 26 at the Eugene Amtrak station, we'll "officially" welcome the state's new 13-car passenger train sets. You're invited to the 2:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting! Get details here.

Now it's Michigan's turn to say thank you, Wisconsin, for the other two new banned-but-built Wisconsin trains as they get ready to luxuriously cut two hours off the Detroit-to- Chicago run:
If you’re looking for high-speed rail with a Chicago connection, don’t look toward Wisconsin. Two high-speed train sets that originally were set to connect Chicago with Milwaukee and Madison, and eventually Minneapolis, look like they’re headed to Michigan instead. 
The Michigan Senate has cleared the way to buy the two sets of cars and 110-mph locomotives for Amtrak’s run between Detroit and Chicago, the Associated Press reported today. 
The Chicago-Milwaukee high-speed plan, which also had a goal of 110 mph, derailed when in 2010 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker rejected $810 million in federal stimulus money to help build it. 

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