An interesting journey into information. <== no other way to explain it i'd be interested in views and opinion. Edit: My links didn't show in blue trying the underline route/differnet font route Hello all, i've been involved in this hobby now for a very short period of time and in that time i've come to gain a greater appreciation of the work and products that travel over rail (Thank NMRA train show in Philly and Thomas the Tank Engine). Partly becuase of this board anad partly because i've noticed more trains about. They didn't just appear, but i've never really paid any attention to it in the past. Over the past week or so there have been much to do about Warren Buffet and his investments in rail. I decided to do a little more digging and found that the rail industry world wide is on an upswing. China is due to add millions of miles of rails over the next few years China info, India has the same plans India info, in the US there is a marked resurgence in rail movement. The rail companies have been smart in their marketing methodologies and they have found that Walmart and all the people who compete w/ Walmart make them money... lots and lots of money. Everything you can think of today (including trucks) is now trasported by rail info link. What sparked this interest? I was on my way into work and i was listening to bloomberg radio ( tooth1don't ask i am a geek heheh) and they mentioned that companies are now using rails to trasnport their trucks(!!!!!) because it was cheaper in fuel and they could use economies of scale to drive logistics costs down. Now .. me being the amateur model railroader and thinking about the costs on a micro level of building a mile of railroad between two points, buying the engine, fueling the engine, paying the mofw crew, maintenance etc it all works out to be anywhere from 20 to 40% cheaper than the same volume over the road (double !!!!!) info link. You could have bowled me over w/ a feather especially considering that the over the road folks don't own the road!! I mentioned my new found awareness of rail traffic earlier in this post, and after doing this bit research it makes sense. In the past 6 months even i've noticed that freight traffic on a particular line on my commute has increased, funniest part is it's mostly car and covered hoppers. They increased from 1 every other day to 1 every day (i travel pretty consistent times of the day) Map Link. I've also noticed that in this area near New York City, there has been a re-&^$-diculous increase in rail traffic. So much so they built a new exit on the NJ turnpike and a GIANT junction station Junction Link Yard Link I'm sure we have some rail workers and engineers as members of the board. I'd be interested to see what your feelings on this were.