Are you trying to compare a through girder bridge to a deck girder bridge? Depends on vertical clearance. Through girder bridges also shag shifted loads, causing major derailments.
IF there was any truth to global warming, the left wing media would be shouting out the figures daily about the increase of CO2 in the air. My son-in-law, Professor of Chemistry and not a believer in global warming, was involved in an interesting project. Look up "Iron Fertilization" on Wikipedia. His conclusion? There is a minor build up CO2, but it would be erased with the major eruption of a volcano; while iron would be a minor part of the cloud that would form, it would replenish the ocean and the average temperature of the earth would drop a couple of degrees.
No, barbarians like you who show contempt for those in authority. You should have served in the military to learn discipline and to show respect for those that outrank you.
There is a shortage of covered hoppers to ship sand, grain and fertilizer; what they did in the past was to make a top that convert coal hoppers to covered hoppers. The battle may have been lost , but the war is not lost yet.
Your reasoning is totally illogical. CSX is competing with shipments by road (intermodal) as well as shipping by water. I will bet that a lot of oil and coal is still being shipped by barge from Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania to New Orleans that could be shipped by rail.
This question got me researching. I was quite unhappy when KO decided to go into the bottling business; this is going to affect it profitability. Try this:
do a graph comparing PEP and KO for 5 years and or 10 years. You may think, as many do, that over the short term the share price does not reflect the true value of the stock, but over the long term it can be a fairly reliable prognosticator.
now add the line for the S&P 500 index , or symbol SPY or symbol VOO.
AHA! neither PEP nor KO outpaces the 500 index and is more volatile.
End result - After some meditation, I sold my KO stock of 8 years and bought VXF, Vanguard Extended Market Index to complement the VOO that I already own..
Bad call, this stock is overpriced at 115. : )}
Found out about the jump while I was in Europe GLOAT
I refused to join the Union, so they stopped calling me - until the next winter went all the union men went on vacation, but by that time I had work. In fact I later helped a couple of plants move south and leave the unions behind.
I grew up in western New York state where there was a strong Mafia element in several unions.. Look up Mafia in Rochester in Wikipedia, although the Union element by itself is played down.
I will agree with you on CSX and its future, but I will admit that I made more profit over the years on another railroad, GWR. I expect to see more growth of industry in the southeast, which will expand diversified shipments of goods this way. However, with the widening of the Panama Canal, we will see more containers not going transcontinental, but short haul or truck from eastern ports.
What is really needed is for the Northeastern states to pass right-to-work laws and allow factory employees to kick out the unions, but that is wishful thinking.
The philosophy of the modern economist, that we build in a 2% inflation so that we can pay pay off bills in a few years with dollars of lesser value, contradicts my belief system.
Except that KO's debt has less than 3% interest and return on equity is over 25%. That is called leverage.
The Transportation Department is responsible for managing the actual movement of goods from point A to point B. This involves bringing the trains into the yard, switching the cars, reorganizing the trains, and coordinating train movement to the next stop. This department consists primarily of union employees with non-union employees managing the overall process. The Transportation (Trainmaster) Management Trainee developmental plan is in place to prepare the trainee for a position as a Transportation Manager/Trainmaster.
A Manager/Trainmaster's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Develop and communicate daily tactical plan to contract employees for management of the terminal/yard and local resources to achieve the operating plan within budget.
Resolve daily resource (power, crew) issues to stay on or recover to the operating plan.
Proactively communicate customer issues and respond to service inquiries by interacting with Customer Service Operations.
Attend customer meetings with representatives from Sales and Marketing.
Develop new relationships to define service requirements.
Address service performance issues for existing customers.
Monitor attendance and disciplinary matters for contract employees.
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