As if things weren’t bad enough already…
LOS ANGELES, July 12 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden faces a deadline next week to intervene in nationwide U.S. railroad labor talks covering 115,000 workers, or open the door to a potential strike or lockout that could threaten an already fragile economy and choke supplies of food and fuel.
Full article, HERE from Reuters.
Out here in Tiny Town, we have a major BNSF line that runs through here. We’ve been seeing mile long trains, 2-3 engines pulling and 2 pushing, routinely over the last couple of years, but in the last six months we’ve seen even larger trains. They stretch at least 2 miles maybe a bit longer, with 5 or 6 engines, plus 1 more in the middle. Apparently there MUST be an engine every 8500 feet in a train!
The other thing we are seeing is more and more trains parked on a local siding, sometimes for 2-3 days at a time, blocking rail crossings. We didn’t see these very often before the WuFlu.
The other oddity, seen twice in the last month, is coal trains running back west carrying gravel, sometimes with only 2 engines total, which means they are S L O W, barely getting over 20mph. Normally those trains have a minimum of FOUR engines…
With the trucking issues with diesel cost and the availability of DEF, plus the stupidity in Cali with limiting old trucks from the pier, the stack of ships piled up offshore may double or triple if the railroad strike.
And what would happen to all that Cali produce? Or parts from China? Or oil from Canada? Or produce coming up from Mexico?
This could get really ugly in the next couple of weeks… Cities are (depending on whom you listen to) three to six days from anarchy when the food supplies stop. Looks like that might actually get tested in the upcoming months.
I pray it doesn’t, but sadly, I’m not holding my breath.