RAILROADS: Gremlins Ride the Rails

Up & down the U.S., ice, snow, winds and subzero temperatures last week slowed the greatest long-distance movement of holiday travelers on record. Rail-riding Gremlins (who were harrying railroad operations long before the Wright brothers ever flew) were out in force. They clogged switches with snow, short-circuited signal lights, froze steam connecting lines between cars, iced the rails on steep grades, drank all the coffee in dining cars. Morning after morning the swank Twentieth Century Limited slid into Manhattan two to four hours late. On many another train, four to 13 hours late, passengers stood in vestibules, slept in aisles,...

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