While out campaigning early Saturday evening, I stopped in North Baltimore, Ohio. A sepia-toned downtown mural’s center piece is a train of yesteryear billowing smoke (background in the photo). In the foreground, as timing would have it, a train of today was passing through. We are often struck with a “romantic nostalgia” about the old trains. History books portray the crisscrossing of America with rail as a major advancement. Was it? This, for one, started moving the “local production for local consumption” paradigm away. The trains belched — and still do — all sorts of global warming gasses into the atmosphere. The railroad was yet another arm of an ill-considered, breakneck paced Industrial Revolution that should have been much more considered at the start.