What Chicago to St. Louis high-speed rail will look like

Well, not actually. It's a one-kilometer-long spur somewhere in Germany carrying a peat-hauling train.

Speaking of high-speed rail and silliness, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) is for it. But folks are questioning its value in Britain.

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