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We flatter ourselves into thinking that we live in a time of exceptional economic upheaval. The truth is that the present resembles the past. What we learned — and forget — is that a dynamic economy is inherently destructive. But the periodic convulsions often create long-term benefits.

We’ve seen horrific videos of what happens when people drive around railroad crossing gates: vehicles smashed and mangled by forces so tremendous, people have little chance of survival. Preventing this is easy — don’t drive around the gates and never try to “beat a train.”

Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don't have sophisticated speed controls by a Dec. 31 deadline, the railroad's top exec…

Trains hauling coal, freight and passengers through Charlottesville soon will be moving a little faster as railway improvements by the Bucking…

Within the next month, freight train speed will accelerate to 20 mph from the current speed limit of 10 and passenger trains will increase from 15 to 20 mph, according to Steve Powell, Buckingham Branch president.

People patiently wait at the Second Street railroad crossing as a CSX train passes through town Tuesday afternoon in Charlottesville.

ROANOKE — An empty Amtrak passenger train motored between Lynchburg and downtown Roanoke on Monday, warming up crews for daily passenger servi…

BBRR track improvements allow for faster train operation.

Readers of "Track safety still a concern, study shows" (The Daily Progress, April 7) could come to the conclusion that our freight rail tracks…

Readers of “Track safety still a concern, study shows” (The Daily Progress, April 7) could come to the conclusion that our freight rail tracks are unsafe. In fact, over the past decade the rate of accidents attributable to track problems has decreased 42 percent.

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