Re: Pennsy, Arrogance . . .

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Rich Orr wrote:
While the PRR did call itself the "Standard Railroad of the World" this is
an implied misconception of the origin of the moniker. The "Standard" did
refer to a standard for other RR's to follow but referenced the standardization
of various parts used mainly in locomotives, and infrastructure and to a
lessor extent freight cars . . . This is not to say that other roads
did not standardize to certain levels.
During the Harriman era, Railway Age editorialized that the Harriman roads had carried standardarization further than, as they put it with tongue in cheek, "certain well publicized eastern roads." I think that sounds like more than ". . . certain levels."

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