Franchising Follies & Failures

  The birthplace of railroads has an identity crisis. Or perhaps more of a “political will” crisis. Great Britain’s railways seem to be rapidly approaching a day of reckoning and grudging acknowledgement of the fact, that the much ballyhooed privatization and franchising model of the British railway system is destined for failure. It “only” took […]

Nothing could be finer, than eating in the diner…well, maybe not!

Fred Harvey, George Pullman and Georges Nagelmackers must be spinning in their respective graves like so many dreidels. In this day and age one would call them entrepreneurs. Their common grievance: the atrocious service being provided by the railroads of their days. Fred Harvey founded the Fred Harvey Company in 1876, spurred on by the […]

Stupidity knows no bounds.

One of my readers in the UK (www.macfilos.com) sent me a little blurb about a mishap on one of the heritage railway lines close to Norfolk, East Anglia, UK. It seems that we here in the US are not the only ones making a “sport” of running red lights and trying to beat a train […]