The press is filled with discussions about our nation's "crumbling infrastructure" and indeed, due to the shortsightedness of our government, much of our publicly-funded infrastructure such as Amtrak's Hudson River tunnel, the NYC subway system and our Interstate Highways are all suffering from various degrees of decay and under-investment.
But such is emphatically not the case with our nation's freight railroads, whose rights-of-way are arguably in the best condition ever. Case in point is this high-speed turnout on the ultra-high-volume BNSF Transcon Line in Arizona. This highly sophisticated device out in the middle of nowhere is subject to the vagaries of desert weather as well as the pounding of large numbers of heavy, long, high-speed freight trains. A rigorous inspection and maintenance regimen ensures its continued safe and efficient operation.