Re: Pennsy, Arrogance . . .

Kurt Laughlin <fleeta@...>

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From: SUVCWORR@...

thompson@... writes:

Tell us again, Greg, which railroad it was which styled itself
the "Standard Railroad of the World."

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.
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Again, my impression from what I've read - not researched - was that this moniker had more to do with foreign governments believing that because the PRR was the biggest, it must also be the best and seeking out technical and management help from the PRR to develop and improve their own systems. Thus, elsewhere in the world, the PRR was held up as the standard that a modern railroad should seek to follow, in other words, "The Standard Railroad of the World".


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