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Nov 25, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
Nov 25, 2014

Why a small North Dakota town is taking on big rail

By Ernest Scheyder

ENDERLIN, N.D. (Reuters) – After her shift at the TraXside Cafe in the southeast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin, all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. Unfortunately for the 38-year-old waitress the commute, which should only last a minute or two, can take a half-an-hour. That’s because, chances are, there’s a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd train blocking the tracks somewhere on her route.

She has a lot of company. Partly thanks to North Dakota’s energy boom, twenty-eight of the railroad’s trains now traverse the city every day. Each carry hundreds of tank cars filled with oil or grain. Some idle as long as four hours, inconveniencing motorists, stranding pedestrians and posing logistical challenges for ambulances and firefighters.

Nov 25, 2014

Why a Small North Dakota Town is Taking on Big Rail.

, Nov 25 (Reuters) – After her shift at the
TraXside Cafe in the southeast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin,
all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. Unfortunately for the
38-year-old waitress the commute, which should only last a
minute or two, can take a half-an-hour. That’s because, chances
are, there’s a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd train
blocking the tracks somewhere on her route.

She has a lot of company. Partly thanks to North Dakota’s
energy boom, twenty-eight of the railroad’s trains now traverse
the city every day. Each carry hundreds of tank cars filled with
oil or grain. Some idle as long as four hours, inconveniencing
motorists, stranding pedestrians and posing logistical
challenges for ambulances and firefighters.

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