29.7.11

BEWARE OF TRAINS.  If it's a tie at the railroad crossing, you lose.  It doesn't matter whether you're tangling with Dead Freight at 35 mph or coal empties at 50 or a scoot at 70 or Traditional Passenger Rail at 110.
High-speed trains are on the fast track in Illinois, and state officials are expecting development of these swift new trains will create hundreds of new jobs.

But critics fear that allowing the 110 mph trains on the flat prairie rails of Illinois is just too dangerous, CBS2’s Mike Parker reports.
Have we lost so much of our collective intelligence that a return to the train speeds of The Abraham Lincoln and The Hiawatha and the Twin Zephyrs is a new menace to our health?   Complaining aside, the use of capital budgets to grade-separate the rails from the roads makes good sense.  Our old friends at Burma Shave had a public service announcement in those days.

HE SAW THE TRAIN
TRIED TO DUCK IT
KICKED FIRST THE GAS
AND THEN
THE BUCKET.
BURMA SHAVE

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