It never ends, does it. Pardon me for pointing this out, but the U.S. freight railroads of 2009 (well, 2007, for sure) produce more transportation service measured in ton-miles with fewer resources than were available in 1940. They are light-years more efficient than in the ancient history to which this blogsite is being subjected. They are being run as businesses (what a radical thought!) by executives and employees who produce that transportation service with fewer locomotives and cars than in this wonderful past. That's something about which to shout and gloat; not the past.