Not only is today's railroad route mileage greatly in excess of existing transportation requirements, but the author states that the railroad system was overbuilt even by the requirements of its own era. Exaggerated ideas of traffic to be developed, regional and municipal rivalries and an excessive spirit of competition all contributed to gross overbuilding. Excessive duplication of facilities has weakened certain parts of the U.S. railroad system ever since. The author traces the construction and abandonment of railroads in western New York State to illustrate his point. The deleterious effects of overbuilding practically made Conrail and its consolidations and abandonments inevitable, he concludes.

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    Kalmbach Publishing Company

    21027 Crossroads Circle
    P.O. Box 1612
    Waukesha, WI  United States  53187-1612
  • Authors:
    • Shaw, R B
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 22-27
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  • Accession Number: 00152658
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM