Yes I did read that story and it is indeed an interesting article.
David Gunn, 65 and a glutton for punishment, left retirement to run Amtrak. His office is in magnificently restored Union Station, a relic of something Gunn knows is gone forever-the era of glamorous railroading.
He explains his challenge by taking a visitor on a walk back to the 1930s. He walks to the end of Union Station's passenger platform, looking north up the Washington-New York-Boston corridor.
Almost everything that strikes the eye, Gunn says, from the transformers to the poles holding overhead electric power wires, was here in the 1930s, if not 1910.