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Motorists approaching rail crossings in Tracy should expect trains that are moving faster.
This is the view from the Fourth St. crossing looking west.

Trains will be traveling faster through Tracy

Trains passing through Tracy will soon be traveling at greater speeds.

The Canadia Pacific Railroad, which owns the trackage in Tracy, has announced that train speeds will increase from 10 mph to 25 mph. This change will take effect Friday, July 1.

The railroad said that  the increased speed is made possible by rail infrastructure improvements. The Federal Railroad Administration has approved the increased speed.

The railroad said that the increased speeds will improve public traffic flow at city railroad crossings.  Grade-crossing signals will continue to give motorists the same advance warning as before.

There are three railroad crossings in Tracy: Highline Road, Fourth St., and Center Street.  Each has flashing lights that warn of approaching trains, as well as traffic gates that automatically descend

Motorists are reminded to use caution when approaching rail crossings.

• Always be prepared to stop when approaching train tracks.

• Do not attempt to drive around activated crossing gates.

• If a crossing has no flashing lights or gates, look both ways and be sure no trains are approaching before entering the crossing.

• If your car stalls on the tracks, get out, move off the tracks, and call 911.

• Never walk on the railroad tracks. The only legal place to cross a railroad line is at a marked grade crossing.

It takes 1 to 1.5 miles for a train to come to a stop after the brakes are applied.

For more information on rail safety, visit the Operation Lifesaver website at


Fun Fest fireworks are Friday

Balaton’s  annual Fun Fest kicks off Friday, July 1, and runs through Sunday, July 3.
On Friday there will be pontoon rides around Lake Yankton beginning at 3:00 p.m. and running until 6:00 p.m. Grilled burgers and hot dogs will be served at the Lake Yankton picnic shelter starting at 4:30 p.m. The duck race starts at 5:00 p.m. at Knudson-Bosley Park.  The Lighter Side Clowns and children’s crafts will be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m.
Monroe Crossing will perform at 5:30 p.m., and again at 8 p.m., with the Balaton Community band scheduled to perform at 7 p.m.  A parade of lighted boats on Lake Yankton begins at 9:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.
The highlight of Saturday Fun Fest activities will be a 2 p.m. parade.  Other Saturday events are:
A community breakfast held at the community center will begin serving at 8 a.m. and conclude at noon. Saturday morning at Lion’s Park activities will include inflatables from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a “Sports & Fitness” themed kiddie parade at 9:30 a.m. and the “Teddy Bear Band” at 10:30 a.m.
The 3-on-3 Basketball tournament will begin at 9 a.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. A volleyball tournament in Knudson-Bosley Memorial park will begin at 9 a.m.
An inflatable obstacle course run with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Eastbay Golf Course. Eastbay 2 person best ball registration starting at 8 a.m. At the Glenn’s Service Center on 2nd Street, an antique tractor show will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a demonstration starting at 10 a.m. The Hobo Band will perform a traveling concert beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Following the parade, Lion’s Park will host Jessica’s Petting Zoo/Face Painting, Lighter Side Clowns, and the Phoenix Drumline.
A 3:30 kids’ tractor pull will take place at the First Independent Bank parking lot. A basketball shooting contest will start at 3:30 p.m. in Lion’s Park.
Bunting’s Belgian Horse rides will be given from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Followed by Cow Pie Bingo at 4:30 p.m. Music by “Mobile Heart Beats” will accompany a dinner at Lion’s Park. Saturday’s events will close with a Firemen’s Street Dance on Main Street. “Pirates Taxi” is scheduled to perform.
Sunday starts with an Ecumenical Service at Victory Christian Church at 10 a.m. Adult/child golf begins at 10:30 a.m. at Eastbay. Disc golf and bean bag tournaments are also planned for Sunday. Festivities wrap up with a Trinity Church picnic dinner at the Community Center from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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