Who would have thought twenty years ago that railroads would be a growth industry?I think Fortune and Business Week had noticed the growth of the freight side by mid-1986, with coal and double-stack traffic grabbing the headlines. Future development of the commuter and corridor service is likely to involve replacement of tracks lifted in downsizings of the 1960-1980 era or agreements between commuter authorities and the freight carriers to provide additional tracks (such as the third track Randall Road to Elburn on the Union Pacific) and higher-speed interlockings.
IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME. Rip Track notes some impressive increases in passenger train riding. He poses a question: