Business: Rails & Roads

Last year U. S. railroads ripped up enough track to build a new line from Boston to Chicago (1,050 mi.). The track they abandoned but left on the ties would have carried their line another 826 mi. to the Colorado border. The 1,876 mi. of trackage that went out of commission in 1933 set an all-time record. Until 1917 the annual total of railroad abandoned was so small that no one bothered to keep records. Longest section abandoned last year was 72 mi. of the Southern Pacific between Cochise and Commonwealth, Ariz. Both...

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