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PC: what if...?
- Subject: PC: what if...?
- From: anderson <andersoncn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 06:10:37 -0700
Regarding your "what if...?" scenarios, I thought I'd weigh in with a few
If you wanted to get REAL technical, you could go back to the 50's when
NYC and C&O were talking merger (up to the time Robert Young died), and
fantasize about what would have happened if THAT had taken place (my
guess is that N&W and PRR would have linked up, and everybody else in the
northeast would have eventually joined either of the two bigger roads or
B&O...if all that had happened, there would have been no PC OR Conrail,
and WE wouldn't have had any fun, but I digress...).
What I really thought about, after reading your "what if" scenarios, was
that the success of any re-drawing of the northeast rail map in the 60's
and 70's would have been hampered by the lack of Staggers-type
deregulation. Perhaps Staggers, had it been enacted in the early 70's,
would not have saved PC, but the consequences might not have been as
draconian (i.e.: Conrail).
One more thought: I distinctly remember David Morgan, in his TRAINS
Magazine columns in the very early 70's, calling for a "firewall" around
all the bankrupts in the northeast, essentially lumping them all into a
huge terminal road under government auspices. In a sense, Morgan saw
Conrail several years before it was formed. Competition in the northeast
was less a factor, at least to Morgan, as was mere survival of a viable
rail network there. Only time, the growth of intermodal traffic, and
deregulation would change that.
Hope I didn't put you to sleep...
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