News: Colby Freight Train Crossings
Contact: Janet Schwarze
----Sources: Colby Phonograph 19 May 1892
Long Freight Trains Delay Crossings
Last evening, about half past five o'clock, the freight going north covered both crossings for fifteen minutes. It was raining quite hard at the time, which made it not only inconvenient but very unpleasant for pedestrians, who were compelled to go around, through the mud, four or five car lengths to get across the track. Then, too, a team drove up to the north crossing, from the east side, just after the train stopped and the driver was compelled to sit there, in a drenching rain, waiting to get across the track. The train stopped to leave some freight which was unloaded from a refrigerator car, near the middle of the platform, when if that car had been taken four car lengths ahead, the freight could have been unloaded at the north end of the platform and the south crossing would have been cleared. We would advise the Common Council to have the street running west from Alderman Kuehl's residence, and the one running east from the high school building opened across the track, at once, and notify the company to put in their crossings. There must be someway provided for teams to cross the track, some where in the city limits, while these long freight trains are at the depot.
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