posted on Jan, 10 2003 @ 04:23 PM
Oh. The railway cars. 15,000,000 you say.
Tell ya what. 15,000,000 cars each at 100 feet long means that somewhere there's 1,500,000,000 feet of railway cars lying around.
(they're about 115 feet, actually, in length) www.rica.org...
Dividing the footage by 5,280 (number of miles in a foot) means that there's some 284,100 miles of boxcars (give or take 10 miles) lying around
somewhere in the US.
The U.S. has 230,000 miles of railroad track:
This means that there ought to be one of those boxcars lined up every .9 miles in the US. Now, I work near a train station and I'm quite sure that
in the past 3 years (although I've been stopped at the train crossings many times) I've never seen a single one of those boxcars parked anywhere or
moving anywhere. There's even a lay-by near my work where they have railway cars sitting around for weeks and more.
Now, if there really were that many of those around, they'd be jamming up the transportation system... in fact, you couldn't even make trains out of
them because there's just too many cars. You'd have a massive traffic jam along the whole railway system.
So you don't need to fret about that one... more important issues to worry about include road rage, social problems, global warming, and whether or
not we're going to be pushed into war.