Canadian National's PTC test trains are running in Wisconsin

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PTC test trains change crews in Wisconsin.
Nick Brown
SLINGER, Wis. — For several days, fans in south central Wisconsin have been watching two odd consists shuttle back and forth along Canadian National’s Waukesha Subdivision: Two locomotives sandwiching a lone caboose. One train has GE power and the other a pair of EMDs.

The unusual moves are positive train control test trains, according to a source close to the railroad. Trains News Wire has learned that the test trains may be seen for several weeks yet in the area.

While the way they look may differ from one major railroad to another, most Class I railroads have them out pounding the rails as they count down to the federally mandated Dec. 31, 2018, PTC implementation deadline.

Canadian National acquired the line, which is named for Trains’ hometown of Waukesha, in October 2001 with its purchase of regional railroad Wisconsin Central Ltd.
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