Our Infrastructure Is Falling Apart -The Railroads

(POPEYE) I walked a 1/4 mile of train track in central Florida recently, and found that the tracks in many spots are not connected properly to the railroad ties, and some not at all. And these tracks run past houses. The tracks date back to the 1940’s. Perhaps our infrastructure should be a bigger priority than who we are going to bomb next, or what new weapon we can build. The railroads get government subsidies and tax concessions out the ying yang. So does Amtrak which uses CSX lines to transport people. So whether or not the lines are privately owned, our tax dollars fund it to a degree one way or another. And if we are going to spend money on something, our infrastructure is a good place to start.

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7 Responses to Our Infrastructure Is Falling Apart -The Railroads

  • And the goverment will reimburse them 50 cent on the dollar spent to maintain, but their greed keeps them from even investing with that incentive, it is cheaper just to pay out when you are making billions and billions with the crappy rail they have

  • YOUR schools, electric grid, healthcare, national infrastructure, are being blown up in the form of $250,000 bombs dropped on $10 MUD HUTS, so the WAR PROFITEERS can eat lobster and lounge on yachts.

    Ever since 9/11 the Military/BANKER/Industrial Complex has done everything it could to provoke and create MORE terrorists —- WAR PROFITEERS have to have a war going for SELF-ENRICHMENT. Iraq quieted down and NEW threats -ISIS- HAD to emerge.
    “Don’t forget what I discovered—that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower
    before the existence of private central banking, there was no such thing as a world war.

  • The same goes for the tracks through my town of Grants Pass, Oregon. Rotted ties, missing spikes…. I’m waiting for a locomotive to go through the front door of the Post Office next to the tracks. At the same time, I understand the financial incentives of the railroad’s owners, who have to know that this old route which winds slowly through the mountains will never be fast enough to pay its keep. I-5 is much faster and straighter, and handles around 2,000 heavy trucks per week in each direction, while the rail handles maybe one very short train per day and can barely hit 35 mph safely on the deteriorated, winding tracks.

    The tragedy is we could have had state-of-the-art tracks for high-speed trains built coast-to-coast for less than we’ve spent on utterly pointless and counterproductive war in the last 15 years. The money is spent and we can’t get it back — we will pay for this stupidity for generations to come.

  • That piece of track is most likely an industrial lead, leading to a couple industries. The speed limit on that track is most likely 10mph. It looks pretty good and completely safe, I’d move freight on that track with confidence. If you want to see what the real infrastructure looks like for a railroad go look at the main line tracks. This video is misleading and the man behind the camera, and the person who called him, are both ignorant. I’m a 20 year railroader, these are things I know.

  • 35mph? On those sections? Are they mad? Seriously that section is likely to fail fairly soon at any speed as the rails are free in the chairs and nothing will stop the rail from flattening down and steering a train off into the houses.

    Isn’t there some federal dept in charge of railway track safety?

  • If you really think this is an issue, you’d say whereabouts it is, or the name of the line.

    As it stands, it doesn’t appear to be everyday mainline track. Track that’s regularly used is quite shiny.

    And even as it is, it looks quite a bit better than parts of the B&O did through Aberdeen, MD in the 1970’s.

  • This is all Russia and Putin’s fault. KNOCK IT OFF PUTIN!!!

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