Perhaps if I put this letter in a different perspective, railroad companies may listen, including Washington.
If these train derailments are not sabotage, then we have to look at why they are happening. It appears to many of us that these skinny rails cannot withstand the kind of traffic we are seeing today. Too much stress is being applied. Make them wider. How wide? I am not an engineer so let's leave it to them, and perhaps double axles on a double-wide system could solve your problem.
Or you could simply cut down on the traffic and give back to the American people peace and quiet. Our batteries need to be recharged to function properly.
Also, rail crossings should all be underpasses to eliminate the horns so that everyone would be satisfied and you would be able to get rid of your bullet-glass windows on locomotives so we can enjoy seeing elbows leaning out of locomotives with that friendly wave we used to get from our engineers.
Let's do the right thing so we can make all our lives better.
Marcel Guy Cote,