Interesting blog-article about railway privatization in The Atlantic (Cities): http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/09/why-britains-railway-privatization-failed/3378/ (Uh-oh -- I better hurry up and take that last Eurail Pass trip before they mess it up completely.) I understand the problem -- the cost of subsidizing state-owned railroads. But, it turns out it isn't nearly as easy to privatize railroads as Libertarians tend to think. Railroads matter-- they are much more energy efficient than the alternatives for long-haul. But, they are also just as much a natural monopoly as the electrical grid, with railroad-specific problems that outsiders don't get.