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Train horn issue in Rochelle

City officials in Rochelle continue to move forward dealing with quiet zones at the railroad crossings in the Hub City. The issue deals with the train horns throughout the day.

Last month, the council heard a presentation on wayside horns at the railroad crossings. There are a total of 11 crossings in Rochelle involving the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Union Pacific Railroads.

Rochelle Business and Development Manager, Scott Rozanas, said that they are looking at options at each crossing.

He said that 2 of the railroad crossings could be quiet zones and 2 others with wayside horns. A final decision has not been made on the 7 other crossings.

The 1st empty rail car traveled over Steward Road yesterday to the Coated Sand Solution facility. The plant is expected to be in full operations by the first part of 2013.

A manufacturing plant is also scheduled to be built in the near future close to the Nippon Sharyo facility. The Japanese company will use the plant as part of their agreement with a company in California in building rail cars. The manufacturing plant is known as project "Golden Prairie" as it will supply parts to Nippon Sharyo.

The city plans to meet with officials from Ryder Logistics Control next week involving talks to extend their contract in the future. 71% of rail cars coming into Rochelle involve Ryder.

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