Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has proclaimed October 4th through the 10th as Freight Rail Week.

Freight Rail Week In Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

October 4, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 6:47 PM CDT

Nowhere in Wisconsin are rail lines more appreciated then in Superior.

The symbiotic relationship between the port and railroads is just as vibrant as it was in the heyday of the rail industry.

For example over 48–hundred train cars carrying 450–thousand metric tons of grain arrived by train in Superior to be loaded on to ships; and that's just in September.

Not only do railroads serve the shipping industry, but they also serve as an economic driver.

In Superior more than three hundred people are employed by four railroad companies.

But the economic benefits don't stop there.

Superior planning and port director Jason Serck says when the railroads are doing well so are other businesses.

"Just a huge shot in the arm, their interaction with our larger and smaller companies like Amsoil, Murphy Oil, it's just a snowball effect, and when the rails doing well typically that means everyone else is doing well."

In Wisconsin Freight rail hauls more than 160–million tons of cargo annually,

When hauling cargo, a train does the work of more than 1–thousand automobiles.