UW-Madison program puts railroads back in spotlight

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

An Associated Press story posted in The Daily Reporter:

Madison (AP) — A train can move one ton of freight 400 miles on a gallon of fuel. But even with staggering fuel efficiency, the railroad industry shrank dramatically in the 1970s.

The University of Wisconsin at Madison is one of handful of universities seeking to change that with a continuing education program it began in 2001.

The courses help engineers design, build and maintain railroads that are safe, efficient and consumer-oriented.

Professor emeritus C. Allen Wortley said he believes the U.S. must increase its commitment to railroads as a way to reduce air pollution, save energy and meet future needs.