Railways are going electric (except in North America)

India has electrified 83% of its railway and is on track to reach 100% years ahead of schedule. The United States and Canada, on the other hand... 😬

Railways are going electric (except in North America)
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According to this CleanTechnica article, railways around the world are going electric at impressive rates.

China has electrified 72% of its rail systems – while in India, an incredible 83% of the railway has been electrified and the country is on track to achieve 100% electrification years ahead of schedule. Europe lags behind with only 60% electrification – but they're still miles ahead of the U.S. and Canada, which both have only a paltry 1% of their rail systems electrified.

Why is North America so far behind? The article blames Canada's low population and huge geography, while in the US, the culprit is private ownership. Does that mean railway tycoons are STILL screwing people over? How very old-timey of them.

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