Train speeds to increase along Highway 55


Trains traveling through Maple Lake and other communities along the Minnesota Highway 55 corridor will begin traveling at higher speeds on Thursday.
According to an announcement from Canadian Pacific, the federally regulated track speed will increase from 40 mph to 50-60 mph, depending on the community. Trains traveling through Maple Lake will be limited to a maximum speed of 50 mph, slower than the maximums of 55 mph in Eden Valley and 60 mph in Annandale, Buffalo, Kimball, Loretto, Paynesville, Rockford, South Haven and Watkins.
Canadian Pacific said the higher speeds have been made possible as a result of track upgrades. It is also expected to improve the public traffic flow at railroad crossings.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.