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10 The Government’s Case

Howard H. Lewis Indiana University Press ePub


The Government’s Case

The government’s case came in two parts. The first, developed to considerable extent in the Final System Plan, was an argument that the country could, if necessary, do without railroads in the Northeast altogether. We thought this contention patently absurd. Indeed, during his examination, one of the government’s key witnesses, Edson L. Tennyson of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, blurted out in exasperation, “Who’s kidding whom? You simply can’t move ore, coal, or grain in the Northeast by land except by rail.” We then set about disproving the government’s assertion by specific examples.

The second prong of the government’s attack was to concede, arguendo, that rail service was indispensable, but to insist that the bankrupt railroads were such hopeless losers that the public, state and local governments and authorities, and the profitable western roads would pay next to nothing for the properties, certainly no more or just a little more than they were worth in liquidation for nonrail use. Their value then would be what the government contended in the Final System Plan. The fundamental thrust of our argument that the government brought the disaster on the railroads was aimed at countering this contention. According to us, if only the government ceased its interference through both regulation and cross-subsidy, the railroads would return to profitability.

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“Gone to (South) Texas”

Kenneth L. Untiedt, editor University of North Texas Press PDF

GONE TO (SOUTH) TEXAS by Janet McCannon Simonds

The lore of the nineteenth century Texas frontier includes many stories of pioneers leaving their homes in the North to seek new homes in Texas, and of their difficult journeys and more difficult lives after arrival. Regardless of the motivation, it took great courage to leave the known—families, friends, homes, businesses, and their very ways of life—for the unknown, which was often full of discomfort and privation. This pioneer spirit and courage, however, did not stop at the end of the nineteenth century. In the early twentieth century, vast areas of Texas were yet unsettled, and there were still people in the northern United States with the same courage, adventurous spirit, and desire to make a new start that characterized their predecessors. The Rio Grande Valley of Texas was one of those last twentieth-century frontiers, and a destination of many such pioneers.

The area of South Texas between the Rio Grande and Nueces

Rivers was for many years after the Texas Revolution a contested area called the Nueces Strip, maintaining a virtual dual nationality even after the 1836 Texas Revolution when Mexican President

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2 Meeting the Blue-eyed jew from Minnesota

Rush, Jr. Loving Indiana University Press ePub

Life on the Southern Railway in the mid-1960s was interesting for McClellan because this was one of the most progressive railroads in the United States. It was automating its maintenance operations, both in the shops and on the tracks themselves. McClellan’s boss, Bob Hamilton, had outraged his competitors at all the other railroads by developing a new jumbo hopper car that enabled the railroad to cut the price it charged for hauling feed grain from the Midwest to the chicken farmers of the Southeast. The marketing department was building the first computer system for tracking the movement of freight cars, three giant IBM computers in a massive operations room atop an old freight warehouse in downtown Atlanta. Overseen by a former air force colonel, the computer system was based on the one used by the Strategic Air Command to track its bombers. The computer center was tracking thousands of freight cars so that any shipper could call the Southern and find out where his carload of merchandise was, right down to the train it was on and the station it had just left.

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7 Cooking the Books

Rush, Jr. Loving Indiana University Press ePub

In the late fall of 1968, Jim McClellan and a friend from the Central rode the train together to Washington for interviews at the Federal Railroad Administration. The FRA administrator, who had been a protégé of Alfred Perlman at the Central and the Rio Grande, wanted one of them to come to FRA on a new exchange program that he was setting up. He selected McClellan, who left behind at Penn Central a memo to Perlman. Even if he hadn’t paid much attention to the financials, McClellan was beginning to see with ominous clarity that the chaos and fighting were putting the railroad on a track to disaster. Accordingly, he sent the warning that Penn Central would not make it if nothing were done to change things. Perlman could be surprisingly tolerant of such ideas, but others in the top ranks of Penn Central could not, and immediately it became clear that McClellan’s appointment at FRA was not temporary, because Penn Central was not going to let him come back. It didn’t seem that way at the time, but nothing could have been more to McClellan’s advantage.

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Chapter 16 - Sill Members +2

Gordon Lund Brooklands Books ePub

In order to accommodate the longer body length of the +2, and give some additional sideways protection, steel structural members are bolted to the inner sill between the inner and the outer sills. The lower outer sill seam is bolted through the sill member to the inner sill, which provides for vastly improved stiffness. The centre reinforcing plates also act as anchor points for the seat belts. At each end of the sill members are tubes welded into the structure to serve as jacking points.

My +2 sill members after I had replaced them. Note the abundance of Wax oil.

If a +2 has not had the original sill members replaced they are probably lying in heaps at the bottom of the sills. Having taken the sill rear closure plate off to gain access to the boot release cable, have a good look at the sill member. If it is still covered in paint and rust proofing wax, and more so is all there, then you are lucky. Someone has already done it. If it is just a mass of rusty bits resembling nothing at all, covered in road filth, then you will need new ones. Complete kits are available from various sources that include reinforcing plates, sill closure plates and all fixings.

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