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Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by naptu2: 7:36am On Jan 19
Trains intended for unbuilt Milwaukee-Madison high-speed rail line going to Nigeria.

Governor of Nigeria's Lagos State visits Milwaukee to complete purchase from train manufacturer Talgo

By Christine Hatfield
Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 10:00am
Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 2:55pm


Two trains originally intended for a high-speed rail line to connect Madison and Milwaukee are headed for Nigeria. The governor of that country's Lagos State was in Milwaukee on Tuesday to purchase the unused trains.

The trains are set to become part of West Africa's first operational metro system, according to a press release.

At a public event at the Milwaukee facilities of Spanish train manufacturer Talgo, acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson welcomed Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

"It's a little bittersweet," Johnson said after the event. "I'm sending my congratulations to the governor in Lagos State in Nigeria, but also a little disappointed that we missed out on the opportunity to have those trainsets operating here in Milwaukee and in Wisconsin."

It's the latest turn in a decade-long saga revolving around high-speed rail, which Wisconsin Public Radio previously covered in the 2019 podcast series "Derailed."

Milwaukee Alder Robert Bauman was not at the event, but said the ending is much like the entire storyline.

"It's kind of an absurd ending to an absurd tale," Bauman said.

In 2009, Wisconsin's then-Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, announced a deal with Talgo for two new trains to be built in the state and used for a high-speed rail line between Milwaukee and Madison. In the same year, Wisconsin was awarded $810 million for the project in a federal stimulus bill.

Frank Busalacchi was Wisconsin's Secretary of Transportation at the time.

"I certainly didn't expect what happened to happen," said Busalacchi. "It was unfortunate, but I think now, as you look and see where the world is going, not just our country, where the world is going, it was the right thing to do."

The plans died off after Republican Scott Walker became governor. But by 2012, Talgo had built the trains, and sent an invoice to the state for them. Later that year, Talgo terminated the contract and sued the state, kicking off a court dispute that lasted almost three years.

Ultimately, under the terms of a settlement between Wisconsin and Talgo, the state paid the company a total of $50 million for the trains, which remained under the company's ownership.

"The partisanship got so deep that literally, Wisconsin is making decisions that amount to shooting yourself in both feet," Bauman said. "Who buys a set of train cars, refuses to complete the contract, ends up getting sued, settles, pays out another $50-some million in damages, and then you don't even get the cars?"

The trains sat unused in an Amtrak facility in Indiana for years, a lasting reminder of the dispute. They eventually returned to Talgo's plant in Milwaukee in 2019.

"I'm glad that they were able now to sell them to somebody, that somebody is going to use them," Busalacchi said. "The fact that after many years, Talgo's found a buyer for the trains, I mean, kudos to them."

Around when the trains came back to Milwaukee, Talgo spokespeople floated the possibility of the trains finding a use on Amtrak's Cascades line in the Pacific Northwest, but last year Amtrak announced Siemens Mobility would produce new trains for the line instead.

"It is what it is," Bauman said. "They're moving on to Nigeria. Good for the Nigerians."

The first phase of the Nigerian metro system the Talgo trains are set to become part of is expected to begin operation later this year, serving up to half a million passengers in the Lagos area daily.

Johnson said conversations about high-speed rail in Wisconsin have not gone away.

"I hope that at some point, we're still able to realize that vision for a more connected community," said Johnson.

For more on the history of high-speed rail in Wisconsin, check out WPR's investigative podcast series, "Derailed."

https://www.wpr.org/trains-intended-unbuilt-milwaukee-madison-high-speed-rail-line-going-nigeria


1: Reactions from Wisconsin

2 and 3: Reactions from Nigeria

4: The Talgo trains originally designed and built for Wisconsin's high-speed rail line sits at an Amtrak facility in Beech Grove, Ind. Shawn Johnson/WPR

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Dapinski: 7:39am On Jan 19
Whatever haters may claim, Lagos is working.

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by MASTAkiLLAh(m): 7:43am On Jan 19
Kudos to Sanwo Olu, my second kudos this year to him grin

I imagine all those BRT medicine sellers migrating to this platform also

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Mrkumareze(m): 7:44am On Jan 19
Lago state deserves this long ago, the traffic (both human and vehicle) in the state aren't smiling ..

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Quelme: 7:45am On Jan 19
Sanwo is working!!!

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by officialwdhtv: 7:45am On Jan 19
Ok...make e sha no go spoil on duty then cause accident...because they have technically been "sitting down" for a long time

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by jeff1993: 7:45am On Jan 19
Ff
Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Ekpekus(m): 7:46am On Jan 19
grin
I have just one question...
Is it an electric or locomotive train?

If it is the later, then forget aboouuurrrrit.

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Harneyprojects: 7:46am On Jan 19
Nothing drives economic growth like infrastructure development.
With this trains, it would be easier to move from the home to my office and to my building construction sites.

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by oluwaseunamos33(m): 7:46am On Jan 19
nice. sanwo olu always listen and follow my advice, that's why he's always the best

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Himtulie247: 7:46am On Jan 19
cheesy
Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by YorubaNiBaba(m): 7:46am On Jan 19
God bless lagos state
God bless yoruba land
May God destroy all the haters

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Maxymilliano(m): 7:46am On Jan 19
Nice one

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Throwback: 7:47am On Jan 19
Who else noticed similarities between the Milwaukee Wisconsin train cancellation vs what happened to the initially planned Lagos Metroline project of the Jakande regime that was cancelled by the Buhari military regime?

A change of government shouldn't always result to a delay of infrastructure.

Both scenarios resulted to paying fines for the contract cancellation without receiving any equipment.

Ironically, the equipment from the cancelled Milwaukee contract would now be purchased by Lagos to complete a similar project that suffered cancellation almost 40yrs ago.

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Funnyandviral: 7:47am On Jan 19
WOW, Nigeria we will get there

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by tobenuel(m): 7:47am On Jan 19
We are now feeling like Americans

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by whytediamond(m): 7:47am On Jan 19
Great
Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by oluseyiforjesus(m): 7:47am On Jan 19
Nice but still ugly

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by naptu2: 7:48am On Jan 19
Ekpekus:
grin
I have just one question...
Is it an electric or locomotive train?

If it is the later, then forget aboouuurrrrit.

What do you mean by, "Is it an electric or locomotive"? Do you know the meaning of the word locomotive? Do you know that electric trains also have locomotives?

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by sw: 7:49am On Jan 19
I hope it will not be the refurbished ones sha.

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by chrisvic007: 7:49am On Jan 19
Kudos, our progressive and articulate governor, H E Babajide Sanwoolu. With you, our Lagos is working.


Executing this laudable project is not all you need to do sir. You need to ensure that vandals from a part of Nigeria who were driven to Lagos by hunger and famine do not destroy or burn them as a result of jealousy. We remember how these unfortunate cannibals burnt hundreds of BRT busses in 2020.

We however take solace in the fact that the destruction and death they wrought on Lagos has been visited in multiple folds on their erosion ravaged, barren and God forsaken mud land.

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Christistruth00: 7:49am On Jan 19
The Sons of Perdition busy setting their Region ablaze

Will soon gather here to start Crying

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by free2ryhme: 7:49am On Jan 19
naptu2:


https://www.wpr.org/trains-intended-unbuilt-milwaukee-madison-high-speed-rail-line-going-nigeria


1: Reactions from Wisconsin

2 and 3: Reactions from Nigeria

4: The Talgo trains originally designed and built for Wisconsin's high-speed rail line sits at an Amtrak facility in Beech Grove, Ind. Shawn Johnson/WPR
Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Ekpekus(m): 7:50am On Jan 19
naptu2:


What do you mean by, "Is it an electric or locomotive"? Do you know the meaning of the word locomotive? Do you know that electric trains also have locomotives?
Is that the answer to the question?

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by boolet: 7:50am On Jan 19
What do you mean by, "Is it an electric or locomotive"? Do you know the meaning of the word locomotive? Do you know that electric trains also have locomotives?[/quote]
Lol... He probably meant to ask if it's a coal powered train.


Ekpekus:

Is that the answer to the question?
No use ogboju, calm down and learn cheesy

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by dele1727: 7:51am On Jan 19
grin grin grin

Watch how those who believe Ambode is the next best thing after slice bread avoid this thread...

Ambode abandoned this project for 4 years,
He abandoned all the projects the governor before him was working on...

And some fools will now come out and say he has good intentions....

Imagine sanwolu abandoned all the project Ambode was doing ... won't lagos be a big home of abandoned project by now?

But the truth is that ...The people deserves their leaders.... instead of giving kudos to the person who completes a particular project as well as those that started... the foolish masses who will suffer from an uncompleted project wil start saying ...one person does not have projects of his or her own....

How foolish can anyone get?

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by TOPCRUISE(m): 7:51am On Jan 19
Agege railside traders are in trouble grin

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by pquaver(m): 7:51am On Jan 19
Pdp and ipob prefer a governor that will squander d money and share it. I come in peace. Make una no vex. Na true I talk I no kill person.

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by mannasseh(m): 7:52am On Jan 19
Lafayettee:
This is good news

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Re: Trains Built For Milwaukee-Madison High-Speed Rail Line Are Coming To Lagos by Lattop1(m): 7:52am On Jan 19
Kudos to Lagos state Government

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