Special penalties for this chapter. 192.55(5)(5)
Any corporation or person operating a railroad that shall fail to erect the telltales required by s. 192.31
for the space of 60 days after notice from the office requiring such erection shall forfeit not less than $50 nor more than $100, and each 20 days' delay thereafter in erecting such telltales shall be a separate offense.
Any person violating s. 192.32
shall forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $200.
Any railroad which violates s. 192.15
shall forfeit to the state $100 for each violation and each day that the violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
Abandoning of railroad stations. 192.56(1)(1)
It is unlawful for any railroad company owning or operating any railroad in whole or in part in this state, to abandon any station in any town, village or city on its line of railroad, within this state, or to remove the depot therefrom, or to withdraw agency service therefrom, without first obtaining from the office an order authorizing such action.
At a station where agency service is provided the application to the office for such authorizing order shall set forth the facts showing the necessity for such action by the railroad company, and if the office finds that the application is sufficient presumptively to justify the order prayed for, it shall enter an order fixing the time and place of hearing on the application, which time shall not be less than 20 days after the posting provided for in sub. (3)
Notice of the time and place of the hearing and of the purpose thereof shall be given, by the office, by posting the notice in 5 conspicuous places in the town or village.
Any public body, or citizen, or group of citizens affected may appear at said hearing and prior to or at said hearing, file objections to the granting of the order prayed for.
The hearing shall be held as other hearings before the office are held as far as applicable. The office may dismiss the application or may grant it in whole or in part and under such conditions as it may deem equitable.
At a station where no agency service is provided, the application to the office for such authorizing order shall set forth the facts showing the necessity for such action by the railroad company. Notice of proposed removal or abandonment shall be given by the office by posting notice in 5 conspicuous places in the town or village concerned; and if within 20 days after the posting of notice no objections in writing are filed with the office by persons directly affected, an order authorizing the abandonment of the station may be issued by the office. If such objections to the granting of the order are filed with the office, the office shall proceed to hold a hearing in the matter as provided in subs. (4)
Sale of abandoned rail property after release by state. 192.73(1)(a)
“Abandoned rail property" means rail property that is determined to be abandoned as provided in s. 85.09 (3)
“Condemnation commission" means the office of the commissioner of condemnation under s. 32.08
for the county in which abandoned rail property is located.
“Lessee" means a person occupying abandoned rail property under a lease.
“Owner" means a person that owns abandoned rail property but “owner" does not include any of the following:
A railroad operating as a common carrier in this state on May 11, 1990.
A railroad corporation that owns a controlling interest on May 11, 1990, in a railroad operating as a common carrier in this state.
A railroad corporation that is under common control on May 11, 1990, with a railroad operating as a common carrier in this state.
If the department determines not to acquire abandoned rail property under s. 85.09 (4)
and issues a release of its first right to acquire the property under s. 85.09 (2)
, an owner may not sell or offer to sell abandoned rail property to a person other than the lessee of the abandoned rail property unless the owner first offers to sell that property to the lessee under this subsection.
The owner shall send by certified mail a written offer to sell abandoned rail property at a fair market price to the lessee of that property. The lessee relinquishes the right to acquire abandoned rail property under this section if it does not respond to the offer by certified mail within 60 days after receipt of the offer to sell.
If the owner and the lessee do not agree on a purchase price within 60 days after the lessee's response, the lessee or the owner may request that the condemnation commission determine the fair market value for the abandoned rail property. The condemnation commission shall determine the fair market value for the abandoned rail property on the basis of 3 independent appraisals. The owner and the lessee shall each select one appraiser and shall pay the cost of that appraisal. The condemnation commission shall select one appraiser and shall divide the cost of the appraisal equally between the owner and the lessee. The condemnation commission shall inform the owner and lessee by certified mail of its determination of the fair market value for the abandoned rail property.
Within 30 days after receipt of the determination, the lessee shall notify the owner if the lessee agrees to purchase the abandoned rail property at its fair market value. If the lessee agrees to purchase, the owner shall sell the abandoned rail property to the lessee at its fair market value.
History: 1989 a. 336
Full crew employee rights.
No employee of a railroad operating in this state on May 20, 1972, shall be discharged, laid off, furloughed, removed from train or engine service, reduced in monthly earnings, transferred without the employee's approval or reduced in rank or classification, because of the repeal of s. 192.25
, 1969 stats., s. 192.26
, 1969 stats., s. 192.55 (4)
, 1969 stats., and s. 195.03 (21)
, 1969 stats., by chapter 306, laws of 1971
. A transferred employee shall be reimbursed by the employee's employer for the employee's moving expenses, including loss on sale of home. The rights granted to the employees under this section shall be binding on the railroads and shall be part of and shall have the same force and effect as the collective bargaining agreements between the employee organizations and the railroads. Any employee who recovers from a railroad upon litigation brought to enforce the employee's rights under this section shall be reimbursed by the employee's employer for all reasonable attorney fees necessarily incurred thereby.
This section does not conflict with any federal law. In re Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Co. 852 F.2d 960
When a dispute between a railroad and union involved the interpretation of contract terms as to which both of the contending interpretations were reasonable the dispute should be settled by the compulsory arbitration procedures of the railway labor act and not by the federal court. United Transportation Union v. Burlington Northern Inc. 382 F. Supp. 896
Because the railway labor act did not preempt this section, the federal court had no jurisdiction. Fricke v. Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Co. 563 F. Supp. 311