Cars, Planes and Trains

I have always had a fascination with trains.  I guess most kids do, but most people grow out of it.  If I had it to do over again, I might have chosen to work, in some way, with trains.  I think I would have really liked to be a conductor.

I especially like the old steam trains.  Most think that the old steam locomotives were replaced because they didn’t have the power that the Diesel does.  Actually, that isn’t true.  The old steam engines had plenty of power.  …and by the way, they were fast too.  Casey Jones often pushed his train at one-hundred miles-an-hour.  Besides, his engine was not the newest.  The newest engines were powered by steam turbines.  They were not only powerful, but they were also very efficient.

The downfall of the steam engine was maintenance.  If they could have used good clean water, they would not have had to have nearly so much maintenance, but the old boilers required a lot of regular work.

That aside, the dummycrats would like to see us abandon our cars and planes and use trains.  That won’t work.  A 747 can carry around 350 passengers.  It seems odd and counter-intuitive, but that is about the number of passengers that the average train carries.  That means, while trains are okay for short runs, they are horrible for the long haul.

Besides, there are just some places trains can’t go.  The tourist’s trade of Hawaii might have some real complaints if we did away with planes.  Moreover, train tracks require a lot of maintenance and, oddly, they are nowhere near as safe as commercial airlines.

Finally, it would never happen anyway.  Those congressmen would never let it happen.  It already takes Pelosi five hours to fly between San Francisco and D.C.  I do not think she would want to spend three days riding a train each way.

Oh yes, one more thing.  You try taking those keys away from those California drivers and you will have a fight on your hands.  That is not going to happen.  I would like to see them try that.  It would turn the state from blue to red overnight.

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