It’s so cold in the midwest that train tracks are on fire

  • 09 Feb - 15 Feb, 2019
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

As temperatures in the Midwest dropped into the negative fifties – a temperature colder than Antarctica – cities across the region have had to take unique precautions against the cold. One of them involves lighting train tracks on fire. Different railroad companies do this different ways. Some have gas-fed heaters along the rails, but others are simply dousing the iron rails with kerosene and lighting them! The flames help keep the metal from contracting too much in the cold.