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Re: PC: PC in the news...
- Subject: Re: PC: PC in the news...
- From: "weldon" <weldon@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 10:18:02 -0400
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> Conjob was a descendant or corporate
> successor of the Penn Central.
Shouldn't we be beyond using derogatory terms for Conrail? I think in its
23-year history it more than proved itself as a positive force in
While it is certainly romantic to wonder "what might have been" with Penn
Central, the reality is that without Conrail, the industrial economy of the
region, weak as it was, would have collapsed altogether.
If you want to consider something an outright Con, look at the dubious
history of CSX, which was notorious for taking over perfectly viable
railroads and ripping them up to squelch competition and protect their own
As fun as it was to watch, Penn Central was a bloated mess, and the
Anthracite roads were on a death watch as soon as the first oil furnaces
were installed in Philadelphia and New York. Conrail managed to pare all of
that down into a reasonable, sustainable, and ultimately profitable
Please, let's not reduce ourselves to name calling.
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