RAILROADS: Clear Track for the Santa Fe

Clear Track for the Santa Fe

Outside the little northern Texas town of Krum last week, a platoon of railroad workers spaced gft. ties along a new track bed, spotted rails over tie plates and pounded home the spikes. This was no ordinary track-laying; the gandy dancers were laying the longest stretch of new line—49 miles—in the U.S. in 20 years.

The line will connect the Santa Fe Railroad's Chicago-Galveston main line directly with fast-growing Dallas, cut 63 miles off a roundabout route south of Fort Worth for Dallas-bound freight, save up to...

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