It's easy to be cynical about the UK but our infrastructure is biased towards passenger use and we actually do a lot better than we realise.
One thing that is noticable about the US is the loading gauge - their trains are physically larger and longer - and on some routes they can double stack containers. Our freight trarins tend to be shorter, lower, and faster - the speed is necessary to fit into the schedules of the passenger services.
The thing that killed the US railways was the development of cheap US internal airlines. Because the distances were so vast the superior speed of airtravel was destined to doom US rail passenger travel to history or tourist scenic routes. Rail freight survives on transport of material unsuitable for air freight due to bulk or weight.
Mark my words...........BMW will not loose a bean,I am sure my old employer is very well insured.
Besides this, it looks good on the vehicles built statistics, that lot have to be replaced.
Just a pity that the potential owners will have to wait another three months for their new car.
The more BMW built and sold, all the better for my pension!