Transport: Reversed Adage

An old railroad adage holds that "the faster a passenger train moves, the more other traffic is retarded." Reason: when an express meets or overtakes a local or freight on single-tracked lines, the slower train has to be shunted temporarily onto a siding. In the East, almost universal adoption of double tracks has eliminated this trouble, but in the West many railroads are still largely single-tracked. Last week, one such road, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, announced that it had reversed the old adage. Burlington has cut train time between Chicago and Denver from...

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