Trains, trains -- get them on out of this place

  • Article by: LARRY NIELSON
  • Updated: August 22, 2012 - 7:41 PM

The revival of the railroad is a peaceful river valley's bane.

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ericaloeAug. 22, 12 8:10 PM

Boo hoo. Somebody get this guy a mop before he drowns in his own tears. Trains have run in this valley for many decades before he was born. Please find something more important to whine about.

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educator1Aug. 22, 12 8:11 PM

Well said. Some places are super special. Count the Lake Pepin area as one of them.

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mjokeefeAug. 22, 12 8:18 PM

Ok fine. The rail line has been there for 100 years. You are complaining now? You didn't notice that it was there before you moved in?

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boboboboAug. 22, 12 8:29 PM

I don't like trains. I don't like interstate highways. I don't like airports. I don't like power plants. I don't like dams. I don't like bridges. I don't like radio towers. I don't like factories. I don't like farms. I want my own secluded River Valley and I want it NOW.

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kirby96Aug. 22, 12 8:32 PM

Umm, trains are EASILY the most environmentally friendly way to move large quantities of goods cross country (barges and ships are better, but obviously not real flexible). This guy would rather have thousands of semis driving around the country so he doesn't have to hear a train every half hour and he says it in the name of the environment? Laughable.

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a6699fAug. 22, 12 8:37 PM

Oh, the drama! Guess what -- eagles are gonna soar whether there are trains or not. Deal with it.

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romermusicAug. 22, 12 8:38 PM

But it seems kind of stupid to put a full-out industrial zone in a tourist area. Maybe they can schedule the trains in bunches and allow peace for most of the rest of the day.

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ontheroadagnAug. 22, 12 8:47 PM

move to Alaska

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hrearden57Aug. 22, 12 9:06 PM

Freight trains make sense. Light rail doesn't.

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mcjoe1Aug. 22, 12 9:23 PM

Like it or not, rail is here to stay. Civilization requires the distribution of heavy resources, and the only cost effective way aside from rail would be a barge by river. No high speed rail route would ever hug the river the whole way as rivers meander way too much, but the areas around the river give consistent elevation that makes the rail much cheaper to operate. It sounds like you just want to preserve your little piece of the world, no matter how much extra energy must be wasted to divert civilization for your Like it or not, rail is here to stay. Civilization requires the distribution of heavy resources, and the only cost effective way aside from rail would be a barge by river. No high speed rail route would ever hug the river the whole way as rivers meander way too much, but the areas around the river give consistent elevation that makes the rail much cheaper to operate. It sounds like you just want to preserve your little piece of the world, no matter how much extra energy must be wasted to divert civilization for your convenience. We all have to give up something, or else NIMBY will rule and society will collapse.

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