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Ubiquitous. Railroad tracks. They’re everywhere. Formerly, they were signs of a growing and robust economy. While still essential, they are largely ignored, except perhaps when trains disrupt traffic. They shouldn’t be. Today’s railroad tracks carry longer trains with more hazardous materials. And while derailments are unlikely, they happen. Just ask the people of East Palestine, Ohio. Here’s more.

Today’s trains aren’t like the ones in cowboy movies. Through 1820-30, they ran at 15-27 miles per hour. Today, Amtrak trains typically run at 80 mph with over half of them traveling at speeds above 100 mph.

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Tom Crouser is a business consultant living in Mink Shoals. Reach him at tom and follow

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