Business: Too Lightweight

Lightweight passenger trains, once looked on as the railroads' salvation in their fight against declining revenues and loss of passengers to the airlines, were in trouble last week:

¶ The Rock Island railroad removed the nation's first operative lightweight train, the Talgo-type Jet Rocket, from the 161-mile Chicago-Peoria run, put it to carrying commuters on the short haul between Joliet and Chicago.

¶ The New York Central put its famed Xplorer, which has been carrying passengers between Cleveland and Cincinnati, into short-haul service between Chicago and Elkhart, Ind.

¶ General Motors reported that one of its two experimental Aerotrains has been sent to the...

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