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PC: Silent Rails
- Subject: PC: Silent Rails
- From: "Roger P. Hensley" <rhensley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 01 Jun 1999 08:00:21 +0000
Today is Jume 1, 1999 and the Big Four main line east out of Indy is
silent today as CSX and NS work to assimilate Conrail into their
computer systems. These rails have stood silent before, but never
for a reason such as this. Always before the railroad continued on
as a part of the larger whole. BeeLine, Big Four, NYC, PC and
Conrail. Always the traffic continued to roll even as the names
changed, but not this time. Conrail became what Penn Central should
have been. It was alive and vibrant and healthy. It made money, and
because it did, it became a target for a takeover, a buy-out.
The rails stand silent today as the new owners try to roll Conrail
into their fold. Always before the railroad lived on, but not this
time. The CCC&StL is now truely history and the NS dispatcher
will no longer say, "The Big Four will run one ahead of you."
I was out yesterday in spite of the overcast and rain trying to get
the last moments on film. I caught PRR 8444 on the point leaving
South Anderson Yards eastbound late in the afternoon. That was the
last that I could get. Saturday was clear and bright and the trains
were rolling frequently. Today, the rails lie silent as Conrail
passes into history and becomes just another fallen flag...
Goodbye old friend.
00rphensley -AT- bsuvc.bsu.edu - firstname.lastname@example.org
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