Noel Weaver wrote:
I was simply trying to be helpful in answering your question.
It looks to me like you are trying to steer this to a discussion about politics which DOES NOT BELONG ON HERE.
I appreciate your comments. I think I understand why Penn Central failed. There's a huge thread going on about that.
I don't care much for politics, but I care a lot about history, railroads, and my own future. I reviewed the rules on this forum and didn't find anything prohibiting discussion of politics. It would make it tough to discuss Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak, and a host of city and regional transportation agencies, wouldn't it? What I did find was a rule against trying to moderate, if you're not a moderator. If the Penn Central forum moderator found I made inaccurate or offensive comments, I'm sure this thread would be deleted, or he would have notified me.
Most of my posts here on railroad.net have been to illustrate a thread with photos from my collection. Often others have answered with their own opinions or comments about non-railroad stuff. "Bankruptcy and mergers" was my own little statement of opinion, after an "aha" moment listening to the news. While other threads go on examining why railroad corporations failed decades ago, I'm just saying that our corporate culture is doing the Penn Central thing again today: merging with or absorbing a bankrupt/failed corporation. It just boggles my mind hearing the numbers tossed around as it all goes down.
Living in New York State, I can see an interstate highway running parallel to every railroad mainline. Over the past few decades, I've watched customers withdraw from rail service until there is but a skeleton left. I have corresponded with a European railfan and visited Europe once. I know the rest of the world looks in amazement at how our government regards railroads in the grand scheme of transportation. How do things look in Florida?