Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need
Jul 16, 2019
Randal O'Toole
Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need

Americans love streetcars and passenger trains. But these modes of transportation were rendered obsolete more than 90 years ago, so they only operate today with gigantic subsidies. Randal O’Toole probably loves trains more than most, having helped restore a steam locomotive and even been an owner of railroad cars. But his review of history shows that they should be in museums and tourist lines, and will never make a satisfactory replacement for autos and airplanes.

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