I live in a small town in rural midwest. There is an East-West Rail line which has heavy train traffic (about 2 trains per hour or 50 trains per day).
98% of these trains travel EAST. It is only occasionally that I see a train headed west, and the ones that do travel west, look to be dead-heading and are very short (20-30 cars) .
Is ‘oneway’ train track normal around the country? I assume it is a safety issue, and it probably has logistical benefits as well, but it is only an assumption.
We do have some small industries that utilize the railroad. I do think most of their freight travels EAST but if they needed to ship it west, I wonder how far EAST it would go before it got switched to a WEST bound train.