Why Amtrak Trains are in Such a State of Disrepair …
This weekend, there was an SZ article about the poor condition of the US state railway Amtrak.
The motivation for this article was another report about the train accident where a regional train went off its tracks between Washington and New York. Seven persons were killed, 200 more were injured, some of them severely.
The train drove twice as fast as permitted. And the accident could have been prevented, if…
I would like to recommend both articles for reading. Regardless of increasing passenger numbers, the infrastructure of the railroad system is suffering neglect in the USA. There is no money for necessary safety measures.
Especially the Republicans remain quite unmoved. They are the ones who cannot understand why you would need a railroad, anyway. After all, we are living in a time after the invention of the car, so taking a train would be a waste of time, wouldn’t it?
This is what it is like in “God’s own Country”.
Shouldn’t we count our blessings?
(Translated by EG)
. I took the picture from Wikipedia, it was taken by jpmueller99 from Shenandoah Valley of VA, USA. This image, which was originally posted to Flickr.com, was uploaded to Commons using Flickr upload bot on 22:16, 26 October 2008 (UTC) by TheCatalyst31 . On that date it was licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.