Our View.....You can't stop a speeding train
The average freight train is about one to 1.25 miles in length (90 to 120 rail cars). When it's moving at 55 miles an hour, it can take a mile or more to stop after the locomotive engineer fully applies the emergency brake. An eight-car passenger train moving at 80 miles an hour needs about a mile to stop. In other words, it's a tough thing to stop once it gets going.
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