Grain Stuck In Ukraine: The Fragmented Nature Of Modern-Day Railways

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The war in Ukraine has made Europe’s train troubles painfully obvious. Ukrainian wheat is stuck within the country’s borders because its trains can’t be ridden to a sea port. The most glaring problem lies in the tracks, as Europe uses six differently-sized tracks. There’s no easy fix for this problem. Although some tracks can accommodate two railway sizes, it’s not possible to have them all at once. Converting the tracks to the standard size is expensive and continuing with the old way of changing wheels is incredibly time-consuming and impractical. Read full article here

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