It moves stuff, lots of stuff. The amounts shipped on America’s rail system are staggering both in the amounts of loads handled and the diversity of stuff that gets shipped. Here’s a couple of videos I shot on the Hudson River.
This post from Coyote blog says it all.
The US rail system, unlike nearly every other system in the world, was built (mostly) by private individuals with private capital. It is operated privately, and runs without taxpayer subsidies. And, it is by far the greatest rail system in the world. It has by far the cheapest rates in the world (1/2 of China’s, 1/8 of Germany’s). But here is the real key: it is almost all freight.
As a percentage, far more freight moves in the US by rail (vs. truck) than almost any other country in the world. Europe and Japan are not even close. Specifically…
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