What would happen if we got rid of railroads?

Dec. 12, 2012 at 6:12 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

To those who complain about the railroad and its noise, I wonder what we would do if they did away with them. I saw a train the other day with about 100 cars loaded with coal. If that was hauled with trucks, it would take almost 500 trucks on the highway. The railroads have been here about 100 years, maybe 50 years before your house was built, maybe 80 years before you were born. I worked for the railroad 30 years. They have gates to lower when the train is coming, but that doesn't mean a whole lot to lots of people. They run around them into the path of the train. Get some cotton to put into your ear, and you will not hear the train or the TV.

Herman Shirley, Victoria



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