20.8.03

THE PLANNED ECONOMY OF THE RAILROADS. British signalman and author Adrian Vaughan has corresponded with Transport Blog on transport policy and whether railroads are suitable to market competition. Railroads combine some features of a network (if there are multiple owners of cars, you have to get the interchange to work right, or the track sharing to work right) with some features of competitive business (you claim to run down to Edinburgh non-stop, we'll schedule a train to Edinburgh without stops and change crews at Carlisle) and the pressure of competition is not without its use.

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