railyard, train yard; trainsUnraveling the knot restricting rail network fluidity cannot be achieved through Surface Transportation Board (STB) intimidation of rail CEOs, or by the agency’s issuance of an emergency service order instructing one railroad to operate over the tracks of another, or by merging the nation’s seven major rail systems into a North American duopoly.

None would cause to appear, in sufficiently short order, the required additional locomotives and track capacity essential to curing the problem.

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A soybean farmer from southwestern Minnesota and an official of a taconite mine in the northeast, and more than a dozen others, came to the same conclusion: Significant railroad delays throughout the Upper Midwest are hurting nearly everyone in business.

Bill Gordon, who farms near Worthington, told a joint meeting of five Minnesota legislative committees Tuesday that the state should consider allowing heavier trucks on Minnesota roads and shippers should make more use of Duluth’s harbor to ease a crush on railroads.

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