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    Both my grandfathers worked for the railroad, my dad's dad for Chicago and Northwestern, and my mother's dad for the Milwaukee Road.  My SO's father was an engineer for Chicago and Northwestern.  The locomotives could hit a top speed of 120 mph on a straight track.  The slang term for >100 mph was "highballing."  Tracks were maintained better then with fewer grade crossings.  Now, more crossings and less maintenance works against modern Diesels.  For contemporary high speed rail, see Europe and Japan.

    TCM runs a 1932 movie called "Danger Lights" that centers around a Chicago man having to get to Minneapolis, Minnesota, within 5 hours for livesaving surgery for a brain injury.  The hero engineer gets him there on time and he lives.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:23:28 AM PDT

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