Trains

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Two of our regular guests on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor have been outspoken about the fact they think railroad companies have too much power and their cities don’t have enough recourse to stop trains from clogging intersections.

But neither Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes nor this week’s guest, Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, have seen their grant requests fulfilled to try to solve the problems with which their cities have been saddled. So what’s a city to do when railroads have all the power and cities little of the money?

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has not been shy about expressing his skepticism for the one-year old Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, which is supposed to kickstart research into the ever-buzzworthy “Internet of Things.”

The project’s organizers just released results of a small survey, and more Montgomery County residents took part than did people living in any of the other nine counties WHIN represents. But the results pose some questions, which we put to Mayor Barton this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

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The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled local governments can no longer fine railroad companies for stopping on tracks, regardless of how long a train may block a crossing. 

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Last April, the Linden Depot Museum turned 25 years old. In those two and a half decades, they have restored the original building, have a caboose, semaphores, and feature exhibits including trains and circus memorabilia. Events like "Depot Under the Stars", and a "Christmas Open House" take place this fall and winter. John Clare spoke with Vice President Elizabeth Hendrickson about their history, and the 25th Anniversary Steam Engine.

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As WBAA tried to report on the fiscal situation with the Hoosier State Line, we were left to extrapolate whether the train was finally in the black financially.

Turns out we're not alone.

Purdue

After a Purdue University and  Wabash College football game with a 44-0 score in 1891 a sports writer for the Daily Argus headlined wrote in a headline, "Wabash Snowed Completely Under by the Burly Boiler Makers from Purdue."

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