About 20 ‘abandoned’ freight trains are idling on sidings around the nation,

stopped b a lack of locomotives, RailInsider reports in a lengthy story, largely confirmed by UZ officials. In recent years, the number of working locomotives has dropped by one quarter – from 2,699 in 2015, to 2,025 in 2020. With a $40 million locomotive repair budget only 15% of the needed amount, working locomotives are being cannibalized for parts.