I don't believe that "Standard Railroad of the World" was really
refering to anything to do with equipment standards. Instead, it
was a marketing phrase intended to say that the PRR was setting
the "Standard" as to how to run a railroad. They were proud of it
Marketing people years later came up with "America's Team" to call
the Dallas Cowboys. As a Steeler fan I though it to be arroganat,
but I got over it. Some railfans seem to not be able to. The PRR
and the Cowboys eventually fell on hard times.
-- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Kurt Laughlin" <fleeta@...> wrote:
an implied misconception of the origin of the moniker.The "Standard" did
refer to a standard for other RR's to follow but referenced theand to a
lessor extent freight cars.that this
moniker had more to do with foreign governments believing thatbecause the
PRR was the biggest, it must also be the best and seeking outtechnical and
management help from the PRR to develop and improve their ownsystems.
Thus, elsewhere in the world, the PRR was held up as the standardthat a
modern railroad should seek to follow, in other words, "TheStandard
Railroad of the World".