Today was my first day up close and personal with the BNSF freight line that runs West out of Chicago. These freight trains are massive, especially for someone who has not experienced the sheer size and length of these things it is quite impressive. Then again I am used to high-speed, rapid transport that hasn’t quite made an impact in this part of the world yet; I am also getting used to the idea that they still use wooden railway sleepers (railroad ties), this and the fact that there seems to be endless numbers of rail-crossings probably means that there will not be any high-speed commuter routes any time soon (a simple upgrade of the carriages would be a good start). But at least I can start life here by being impressed by the freight trains.