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And the point is...?
 

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There are NO Out Of Service Railways traveling over water...
Well, maybe down in FL, cant quite make that out...
 

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Yes the Key West extension was probably as much over water as on dry land. The diagram might also include car ferry routes which are over water too. The map is an illustration of a couple of things. First the extent of the rail system in this country, and how much it has contracted. Another point is how much the country depended on railroads in the pre-auto/truck and air eras. A more subtle point is that there was a lot of duplication of service and overbuilding, especially in the 1870-1910 era of robber barons and cuthroat capitalism.
 

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Yes the Key West extension was probably as much over water as on dry land. The diagram might also include car ferry routes which are over water too. The map is an illustration of a couple of things. First the extent of the rail system in this country, and how much it has contracted. Another point is how much the country depended on railroads in the pre-auto/truck and air eras. A more subtle point is that there was a lot of duplication of service and overbuilding, especially in the 1870-1910 era of robber barons and cuthroat capitalism.
I believe it was those robber barons and cuthroat capitalism.that built all those railroads across this country that made it possible to defeat Nazi Germany and the rising sun of Japan during world war 2
 

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Yes the Key West extension was probably as much over water as on dry land. The diagram might also include car ferry routes which are over water too. The map is an illustration of a couple of things. First the extent of the rail system in this country, and how much it has contracted. Another point is how much the country depended on railroads in the pre-auto/truck and air eras. A more subtle point is that there was a lot of duplication of service and overbuilding, especially in the 1870-1910 era of robber barons and cuthroat capitalism.
I have to dissent with Frisco Firefly's assertion that the overbuilding and cutthroat capital was either bad for the country or bad for the railroad companies themselves, or the rail system in general. And I must second the comments about how the "overbuilt" rail system helped this country win World War II. In that in his comments, Frisco Firefly acknowledges that in the before highways, waterways and air systems were subsidized and reached the extent that they have today, this "overbuilt" rail system was essential for the nation's mobility. Frisco Firefly doesn't realize how primitive and impassable the road system in this country was for a good part of the year. Basically any town of any size had to be within 10 miles of a railhead.
That was the distance you could get to, do your business and getback to t
 
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