Re: Weathering for Late Steam and Transition Era

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Tim O'Connor wrote:
I concur with Elden on the state of the PRR in this era. But if
you subtract the coal cars, and stored serviceable/unserviceable
cars, then the picture is less grim... but not a lot less as all of
the eastern roads were in serious decline. SP however was
going gangbusters and overtook PRR in ton miles by the late
1950's (when T&NO is included). Lots of new freight cars on the
western roads in this era!
Tim makes a good point. All the Western roads were relatively more prosperous in the 1950s, in part because the Interstates weren't yet siphoning off their long-haul traffic. SP in particular was very well off, and D.J. Russell was on the cover of _Time_ magazine in this era with a glowing report on the profits being earned by SP. So you cannot (so to speak) tar everyone with Pennsy's brush in the 1950s.

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