Check it. . . As Public Highways Choke, Railroads Enjoy a Renaissance | Autopia from Wired.com I had no idea this was happening. I thought something like it ought to happen, I wanted to see it happen, but I always sort of cynically assumed that businesses were too short-sighted and set in their ways to ever put their goods on trains. Moving freight on the rails saves fuel, saves congestion and wear-and-tear on the highways, and eventually the railways also can be electrified. It's expensive -- electrifying a railway costs about as much as laying the tracks in the first place -- but it's already been widely done in Europe, so we know it can work.