Ask Joe: Stalled Train traps residents in west Reno neighborhood

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Updated: 8/26/2013 6:50 pm
Question:
Denise Hall who lives in the River Park Subdivision off of West 4th Street wrote in to say a Union Pacific Train stopped for an hour and a half on Friday, August 23, blocking the only entrance into and out of her neighborhood.  She wants to know why the train stopped where it did ?

Answer:
I checked with Union Pacific about this. Their spokesman Aaron Hunt told me the train had a mechanical problem he says the railroad apologizes to residents for any inconvenience.
I also checked with the Reno Fire Department. It's interesting there is a secondary or emergency access. That road is blocked by a gate but the fire department doesn't have a key.  Perhaps a possible solution is for the local fire station to have a key in case of emergency.
It was a big inconvenience on Friday, and residents are wondering what they would do if there was a fire or other type of emergency and that road was blocked by a stalled train.  They say they would have no way out.
  Thanks to denise for sending in that question. I know it's a frustrating situation and we'll keep following it to see if there might be a better solution out there.
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century242 - 8/26/2013 9:20 PM
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I am thinking perhaps whomever designed the housing development should have planned ahead and added another road which does not go over the RR tracks at a grade crossing when it was built. The tracks were not put in after the roads, but over 100 years before, and I am sure there have been many times over the years since people moved in that trains have stalled out or broke down there. The other road with the gate on it used to be open all the time, but a few years ago the gate was installed and it was shut down. Perhaps the local municipality can make a deal with the owner for it's year round use.
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