Shipping Big Iron & Rail Right-Of-Way Abandonment

From: Chad Fernandez <>
Date: Wed Mar 6 00:48:40 2002

John Chris Wren wrote:
> I imagine one of the contributing factors to the problems with railroads is
> their intense unionization. Nothing like a union to impede progress.

I don't totally agree, although, I'm not going to argue about it either.

> I indirectly have a project that involves state highway systems. The
> Eisenhower interstate system has a rule that 1 out of every 5 miles of
> interstate must be suitable for landing a military aircraft on (I don't know
> what model. I think this predated the C-130). There are variations in this
> rule, depending on airport locales, proximity to cities and military bases,
> etc. But take a look sometime when you get a little ways out from the city.
> Straight sections of highway, with no bridges, power lines, tall signs, etc.
> That's the 1 in 5 mile section.

I've often wondered about this. I didn't know that 1 in 5 was a
requirement, However. I did hear/read somewhere that the original idea
about the highway systems was for military transport.

Here in Battle Creek, we can land anything. We landed a C5-A
......before the runway was lengthened :-) Air Force One lands just
fine too :-)

Chad Fernandez
Michigan, USA
Received on Wed Mar 06 2002 - 00:48:40 GMT

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