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Three Days on a Train

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Uploaded on Apr 6, 2009

Late one night, I had a chance to talk with the conductors, who were taking their breaks in the dining car.

Some fun Amtrak facts:

Each car weighs 250,000 lbs per car unloaded.
That means 4 cars is a million pounds.
The double decker cars are nearly 20 feet tall.
The top speed we were going was 79 mph.
3 engines pulled a whole assortment of sleeper cars, first class, standard commuter cars, a diner car, an observation car, and a convenience store. Employees live their lives on one line, passing back and forth between two cities. They have separate cars for the employees to live in. This was like a city on wheels. As a matter of fact, the working population of the train was larger than many mid-western towns they passed through.
All of these things are delicately balanced on two tiny rails, which are continuously driven over, again and again by millions of tons of steel, every single day.

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