Europe is again buying trains:
Bombardier Gets $262 Mln Order From Deutsche Bahn
Published: December 28, 2005
Do they know something We don't know? Let's see if We can figure that out. Trains cost a lot less than big Jets. Trains used a lot less fuel than large Jets. Trains haul a lot more than the barns in the Sky. The load of three Semi-tractors can fit on one train flatcar. The load of four Semi-tractors can fit in one train boxcar. Let's be honest: a Train locomotive uses about Seven times the fuel as does the Semi-Tractor, but can haul the equivalent of about 55 Tractor-trailers. Train locomotives, working in tandem, are able to haul a Train over 3 miles long for about the fuel cost of 15 Semi-Tractors. (the later statistics Author estimates--therefore questionable)
Business and industry talk about slimming Inventories and Speed; they stipulating We live in a new business environment where the 3-day cross-country trip by Train is too long a period to Order and Stock. Where did this excessive hurry come from, and why can't We meet the slower Production schedules used by Everyone else on this planet?
The irony of this Argument states the Airlines are going bankrupt anyway--Fuel Costs are too high. Aircraft remains the worst Carrier of bulk freight, because of Weight and Fuel Costs. We are the only Nation on Earth who lacks effective Passenger trains, when maintenance of such Service costs immeasurably less than maintaining Our commercial Air fleet. Travel by Rail actually is more comfortable, safer, and more spacious; the Time expended in Rail traffic easily utilizable for entertainment or Paperwork. Business moguls will not be restricted from flying through the air, but why join them? An effective, expanded Rail system would not only cancel extreme Fuel Costs, by also Traffic congestion, Pollution emissions, and Routing problems. lgl