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Railroad Plans to Increase Track Speed in Plymouth
Posted Date: 1/17/2013

The Canadian Pacific (CP) Railroad plans to change track speed in three cities, including Plymouth, by the end of this month. Track speed in Plymouth will be increased from 25 to 40 miles per hour. Although the City of Plymouth is not involved in this change and has no authority to regulate the railroad, we feel it important to share this information with residents as the railroad does not have plans to notify residents directly.

To see where the CP railroad track is located, check the map of Plymouth. The tracks cross Plymouth east - west and are located in the northern part of the Plymouth. (On the east boundary of Plymouth the tracks are between 51st and 54th avenues.)

Residents who have questions may contact CP Railroad using the contact information below. The following is the notice that CP Railroad provided to the City of Plymouth about the change.

Notice from Canadian Pacific Railroad to the City of Plymouth
As a result of track upgrades between Crystal and Hamel, Canadian Pacific advises local residents that the maximum operating speed will be going from 20/25 mph to 40 mph by the end of January 2013.

  • Crystal - from 20 to 40 MPH ---back down to 20 MPH at Broadway going into the city.
  • New Hope- from 20 to 40 MPH
  • Plymouth - from 25 MPH to 40 MPH
  • Hamel is currently 40 MPH

This measure will improve the public traffic flow at railroad grade crossings.

  • Motorists are reminded when approaching any grade crossing:

    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 ensure no trains are approaching before entering the crossing. 
  • It takes 1 to 1.5 miles for a train to come to a stop after the brakes are applied. 
  • 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.

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

Residents with questions should contact:
CP Community Connect
800-766-7912 Toll Free