Years After Rail Saga, Wisconsin’s Talgo Trains Sit Idle

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Wisconsin's Talgo trains sit at an Amtrak facility in Indiana
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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In Beech Grove, Indiana, two massive brick warehouses have been a part of the landscape for more than a century.

One of the buildings has a concrete sign that reads 1907. The other reads 1910. Both belong to Amtrak, which maintains its fleet here.

Most of the trains that come into this facility don’t stay long. The big silver cars Amtrak is known for make a stop here, get repaired and return to service.

But in the front of the rail yard, there are two trains that never move.