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I did see part one of the double-decker diaries, and your summary of the situation in the U.S. is accurate as far as I'm aware. The basic problem here is that we have reasonably good mid-1970s-ish railroad technology, but the demand is so low (except for the Northeast corridor) that needed political support is not available.

Incidently, I was surprized at how many level crossings there are. The main job of the engineer is to blow the horn all the time.

by asdf on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 07:27:18 AM EST
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My best buddy is an engineer, he says its really hard to blow the horn that much.  Mentioned that he has a few other duties too.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson
by NearlyNormal on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 06:48:53 PM EST
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