On the outskirts of Springfield, Illinois, on my way to work, is a section of railroad track where the track splits into two, and the two tracks run parallel to each other for about a mile and a half or so, and then merge back into one. On the shorter track currently sits a train that his been there since at least Monday morning.
I note that there are no industries in the area that are capable of loading or unloading freight from a train. Any crew on that train, once they got off-board, would have to walk about 50 feet through weeds and bramble and across a truck stop parking lot to a busy highway to pick up a ride. If they didn’t have a ride waiting for them, it’s another mile, as the crow flies, to the nearest hotel - and that involves cutting through private lots; to get there on streets, it’s every bit of two miles on busy streets with no sidewalks.
Can anyone speak to what could possibly be going on here? This happens, at this very location, three to four times per year, and in each case there will be a train on the tracks for four days or more.