Defending the rail industry from falsehoods

May 25, 2017

Written by Bruce E. Kelly, Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine

Railroads and their customers must not leave fate in the hands of a misinformed public.

Long before the concept of “fake news” became a thing, the rail industry suffered routinely at the hands of mainstream media, whose members believe that bulk commodities and passengers get transported in “boxcars,” and that most of North America’s rail network still operates on literally the same track structure that was spiked into place a century or more ago. The truth about railroading becomes even harder to find when reporters attempt to cover a story combining elements of tragedy, technology or public awareness.

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