Cup of Coffee February 4, 2022: Kersploosh! February 4, 2022 hungry joe 23 Comments The International Space Station will meet its end in the Pacific Ocean about a decade from now. It would be fun to be able to see it crash in.
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a battery of tests underway in the railyard.
Where will the real savings come from?
if RRs are 3-4 times more fuel efficient than trucks (I figure I don't doubt, really), why are there so many trucks on the road moving freight? Could it be...that rails don't go everywhere that freight needs to go?
Trucks move more than 6 times the tonnage and almost 18 times the value as rail in the U.S. Which would seem to imply that (a) there's room for rail to capture more market share if the economics are there and (b) there's a reason for trucks to be so much more prevalent in moving freight.
If your point is about the relative environmental savings opportunities, then I wholeheartedly agree. Trucks need to get much, much cleaner.
I'd love to see more freight by rail (obviously), but for lots of reasons you're not going to replace truck freight. That said, my point was solely in regards to environmental savings: given rail traffic is already (relatively) fuel efficient and only a fraction of truck traffic, the real savings happens when the truck industry embraces non-ICE alternatives. And now I have to say the opinions expressed here are my own and not those of my employer
It seems that for rail to capture much more market share, it would also need to build out additional rail infrastructure. The trucking lobby is not going to take that lying down. That industry is also one of the main reasons the previous governor of the state I reside in thwarted the development of HSR. Fewer cars on the road means less demand for major roadway expansions, which the state’s trucking lobby did not like.
Yeah, that's an different discussion for another time. The US already has the largest freight rail system in the world. I do like long leisurely trips that aren't on major truck routes, though...
Minnesota once again pwns when it comes to naming snowplows. Congratulations to new plows Betty Whiteout, Ctrl Salt Delete, The Big Leplowski, Plowasaurus Rex, Scoop Dogg, Blizzard of Oz, No More Mr. Ice Guy, and Edward Blizzardhands
It was a pretty solid slate of names. Good work everybody.
Ctrl Salt Delete and The Big Leplowski really do it for me.
Betty Whiteout has a special poignancy this year.
I’m all over Scoop Dogg. They are all pretty great, actually.
I consider myself fairly tough to rattle in some ways, but I passed the aftermath of a gruesome accident on the way to work today and my heart’s been racing since. The roads don’t even seem that troublesome so I’m going over in my head how such a thing was possible. The victim had been extricated but based on what I saw I’m struggling to imagine a good ending for them. Careful out there, kids.
A few years back I drove past a nasty one on the way to work. Several bodies on the highway covered in sheets. Obviously that one has stuck with me.
I was fortunate enough to miss that part of it, but I mentioned the accident to my brother, and one of the managers who worked for him apparently passed it earlier and what they saw was much worse.
I just drove from highway 55 and 169 to Penn and 494. There were definitely some bad ice patches. I drive by two accidents.
It's sickening that not only is Breonna Taylor's death being repeated, but that it happened with the MPD post-Chauvin.
Vaya con dios Cowboy Joe
No more showtime???
Merry Sixmas Eve!
Tomorrow is Ireland-Wales at 8AM, England-Scotland at 10:45AM live on Peacock, or on delay on CNBC at 11 AM and 1PM, repectively
Tell the truth now. Wouldn't you expect a winter storm Landycakes to be as tough as a cream puff?
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