Monday, June 03 2019
By Michael D. White, author and freelance writer
Now spanning a staggering total of more than 140,000 miles of trackage, the network of steel veins and capillaries crisscross the U.S. connecting 49 of the country’s 50 states with each other, as well as Canada and Mexico, carrying the very life’s blood of its vast and complex economy, and, in turn, linking virtually every point in the nation with deep-water ports on four coasts and, thence, with markets and suppliers across the globe.
According to the Washington, D.C.-headquartered American Association of Railroads (AAR), U.S. freight railroads annually carry nearly 54 tons of freight per American—a staggeringly vast assortment of goods from bananas, steel wire, and automobiles to soybeans, sporting goods and home appliances.
Tuesday, May 29 2018
By Lisa A. Bastian, President, Bastian PR
Fueled by new technologies and deep-pocket investments, today's modern railways are transforming how commodities and people move around the globe, and supporting overall economic growth at breakneck speeds. Here are just a few of the many exciting ways the rail industry has been evolving to offer innovative transportation solutions while remaining extremely relevant to our mobile society.
The Continual Greening of the Rail Sector
Slowly but surely, solar energy is being developed as an energy source for passenger transportation. Last December, the Bryon Bay Railroad Company in New South Wales, Australia, debuted the world's first all-solar-powered, 100-passenger train. It makes a round-trip run once an hour. (Batteries and an electric motor are present as back-ups.) Solar power also is being explored as a means to power up its stations and other facilities.