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BNSF trains parked near Plano. ( photos by Larry Nelson)

Area residents have contacted WSPY, asking about the freight trains that are parked on the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe (BNSF) tracks between Plano and Somonauk.

The parked freights are located east of Somonauk Rd. in Somonauk, between Sandy Bluff Rd and Little Rock Rd west of Plano and east of Little Rock Road and west of the City of Plano.

There is also a freight train parked east of Plano.

On Tuesday, BNSF issued a terse response to a WSPY News query, stating "We are currently staging trains in this area to mitigate congestion as they await entrance to our Logistics Park Chicago facility."

Further questions posed to the railroad were not answered.

Somonauk Fire Chief Pat Colford said that when the trains do move, the railroad crossings in Somonauk are sometimes blocked.

Chief Colford said that all area towns--except Earlville--now have fire stations on each side of the tracks.

There are no tanker cars parked, but Chief Colford thinks that may change.

Little Rock-Fox Fire Asst. Chief Dave Jordan said the parked trains have not impacted his department.

Jordan also spoke about hazardous materials on trains.

Coal trains continue to travel on the BNSF main line to Chicago.  None of them have been parked locally.  The trains parked locally are made up of containers.

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