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Warren County train contracts signed

Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec said that the signing of agreements with Iowa Pacific represented a turning point for transportation in the area.

Richard Lucia, supervisor of the town of Corinth, Warren County's municipal partner in the railway, praised those who had lobbied for millions of dollars in grant money to bankroll the rail's revitalization.

Iowa Pacific President Ed Ellis, wearing a Teddy Roosevelt-style hat, praised all those who had fought to preserve the railway, noting that many other communities in the U.S. had allowed theirs to be scrapped, and regretted it.

Ellis revealed June 11 that his firm will be bringing "Polar Express" that will run out of Saratoga Springs into Warren County in November and December. These trains, decked out with Christmas themes, have proven very popular on Iowa Pacific rail lines - attracting as many as 26,000 passengers total for the special runs, he said. Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley, a long-time supporter of the rail line, said he was pleased the expanded rail service was now a reality.

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