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Future Of Railroads Discussed

January 23, 2013

WHEELING — Watching fleets of tanker trucks transporting water for natural gas fracking throughout the area on a daily basis, Ed Gorczyca believes drillers could move some of this water by rail....

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Jan-25-13 7:47 AM

ice cream, just in case you come back to this thread before it expires, I want to add to your thought.

Prior to 1960, the residents living in far-away Georgetown, Marshall Co., could board a passenger train and travel to Washington, New York, Florida or anywhere else in the United States.

The Eisenhower Defense Highways were a huge improvement, followed by jet traffic for the masses, but nothing can replace the immediacy of the railroad.

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Jan-24-13 2:39 AM

Not stupid!!! Plausable--just think of the rails coming back...I think exciting...

The old tracks would have to be replaced in any event...

Imagine---boarding a train in Wheeling and going anywhere in the state or out of state...

I find getting around WV tedious at best... With a railroad, passenger trains would be a hit, visit The Greenbriar, at White Sulfur Springs, visit Charleston... and maybe tourism to show off our beautiful state...

Unite all parts of our state...

that is, if it is still beautiful

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Jan-23-13 8:25 PM

promo not so. West of the Mississippi the railroads are burgeoning with business and they are on a hiring spree at all levels.

There are places where the economy of scale favors railroading.

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Jan-23-13 4:53 PM

Future and Railroads is an oxymoron. Like Military Intelligence (thanks Hawkeye)

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Jan-23-13 2:50 PM

"Way easier said than done"

That is generally true of most things. I hope such an emergency never happens.

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Jan-23-13 12:38 PM

Way easier said than done, Boxrboi.

Rails to Trails FAIL(s)!

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Jan-23-13 8:07 AM

"passenger lines that could include stops in Wheeling"

That would be a neat trick seeing as there are no tracks coming in to Wheeling.

One thing that certain nay-sayers forget about the rails-to-trails initiative is that the railbed is preserved by the asphalt pavement. Should a national emergency require the quick reconstruction of trackage, it is a simple matter to lay sections without litigating with private property owners or demolishing trailer homes and brick buildings.

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Jan-23-13 7:50 AM

Sad part is, they tore up most of the rails. Remember "Rails to Trails"?

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Jan-23-13 5:36 AM

this is just stupid. plain stupid.

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