Re: Early train length laws
This law was put in place by the people of AZ when developing the AZ
State Constitution in 1912 and voted on by the people of AZ. I've not
seen any reference to union involment. Santa Fe and SP railroads sued
the state of AZ in 1924 to get it overturned. Didn't work. Law was
set aside in 1942 because of WW2 and then later thrown out by Federal
Supreme Court in 1945, as was mentioned earlier. Some information on
this subject appears in David Myrick's book " Railroads of Arizona,
Vol 4, pg 192-194"
Several states have their own agencies that oversee railroad
operations in their states and have been sucessful in maintaining
those laws above what union or railroad wants.
George A Walls
Gary,sources" in my book. If it was not for "old timer sargents" steering
us straight we wouldn't have servived in the war zones either.
safety risks vs. impeding free trade across the states.
including the olde timers when i was a pup, told me it was union
lobbying for more work not coupler strength that was involved. If you
look at class 1 railroad employment and the timing of the laws, there
is a striking (no pun intended) correlation. There ought to be some
mention of the views of the parties in the Supreme Court case and the
briefs of the parties.
pre-WWI "original source" documentation to back that up? . . . or
even a general book on railroad history during those times? Longer
trains would mean less train crews per ton moved. Looking at the
State of Virginia Laws and Codes on the internet I find that the
ministers were more influential in trying to ban movements of
trains "not completely filled" with interstate commerce on Sundays
(1908), or banning train crews from not being brought home before
Sunday services (1890s), or prohibiting sales of liquor on trains, or
even prohibiting passenger trains to pull reefers . . . because they
might carry German-style beer from Cincinnatti down to Newport News
(1890s). Plus, there were the Jim Crow laws.
aren't suppose to say anything about Southern Culture without
references to back it up.
strength. The laws were desiged to maximize union employment and or
overtime. The unions were pushing for federal laws to do the same
car freight train length limit. Rationale appears to be to minimize
coupler failures resulting from higher slack-loads from longer trains?
traffic between Kentucky, Ohio, WV, and Virginia . . . and Tidewater?
Were other states considering maximum train length laws at the same
time? Ohio seemed to be progressive in mandating 24-ft, 8-wheeled
cabooses on interchange service circa 1914. it seems that these
railroads at that time had enough problems just finding loco power to
pull loaded coal trains up their grades . . much less making trains
longer than 70-cars (even though they were going towards 100-car
tracks in their coal classification yard improvements in the early
Supreme Court decision declaring it to be a violation of the
Interstate Commerce Act and therefore, unconstitutional.
won.maximum number of freight cars allowed per train?Yes. Arizona had a law limiting freight trains to 70 cars and
The law dated to 1912; I don't know how consistently it'd beenhttp://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0325_0761_ZO.h
reason for building 120-ton and 90-ton "Battleship Gons" in the[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]