At its height nearly 100 years ago, the railroad network of the United States had just over 254,000 miles of track. It’s now down to 140,000 miles. What happened to all that rail? And what happened to all of those trains?
It turns out, a lot of them ended up in Cleveland’s B&O roundhouse, in what is called “America’s train graveyard.” In the roundhouse, a group men are restoring old train cars to their former glory so that they can be put on display to the public. It’s sad to see how dilapidated so many of these cars have become, especially since now, in the era of climate change, trains may well need to reside more in our country’s future than its past.