I was in Idaho last weekend to do some Boomershoot stuff. No Boomershoot this year but there were various maintenance items to be taken care of.
I spent some time in Orofino and as I was driving into town I noticed a long line of stationary railroad tanker cars. I did my business in town and then stopped to look at the cars on my way out.
With the huge drop in demand for oil products, I suspected they were full of oil because the oil producers were running out of storage space. I’m nearly certain that hypothesis was incorrect. As near as I could tell the tanks were empty. The cars had been stationary for a while too. Notice the rust on the wheel:
According to the odometer on my vehicle the line of cars was about 1.1 miles long. And part of that line was double wide.
A couple days later I drove through Lenore. There I found another line of tanker cars.
This gave me visions of Atlas Shrugged as I thought of the economy grinding to a halt.