Respecting the trains: Safety key as Brookings rail line helps move goods to rest of world

TOP: The Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern railroad keeps a local train based in Brookings. Here, it’s busy moving rail cars for customers at a site between Aurora and Brookings. MIDDLE: The local train doesn’t drive itself. From left is its crew: Shane Warne of Colton; Toby Bartel of Aurora; and Ryan Griffith of De Smet. BOTTOM: The local train crosses 22nd Avenue South while serving the 3M plant in Brookings. (Mondell Keck/Brookings Register)

BROOKINGS – The next time you’re near a rail crossing and see a freight train rumbling toward it, do yourself, your family and the train crew a favor – don’t try to beat it. You’ll lose, badly, and leave your loved ones and the train crew wrestling with nightmares and what-might-have-beens.

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