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by Rush Loving

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This is a good book to find out the railroads in the northeastern part of the United States merged together to become Penn Central. Penn Central foundred and became a government owned entity named Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation). Eventually Conrail was split up and taken over by CSX (successor to the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad) and Norfolk Southern (successor to the Norfolk and Western Railroad. Although the author never really describes it this way, a process that really began in the 1930's when the the two strongest Poconontas rairoads (C & O and the N & W) were urged to separately merge with the stongest eastern railroads, the New York Central and the Pennsylvania. Rush Loving is vrey good in tracking down the human element in all of this, not as good at seeing the sociological side of the story. But it is a story that needed to be written. I have not followed the story over the years as well as I should have, and Rush puts it all together quite well. ( )
  vpfluke | Mar 28, 2010 |
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"Behind the scenes they would be adversaries, trying incessantly to outwit each other, and their battles would toatlly reshape eastern railroading."

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The Forrest Gump of railroading -- Meeting the blue-eyed Jew from Minnesota -- A cabal at the Greenbrier -- The portly Virginia gentleman -- An eleventh hour surprise -- "Where the hell is Harrisburg?" -- Cooking the books -- "That telephone man" -- The granddaddy of Enron -- Some high society sex -- "They are going to run out of cash" -- The scandals unfold -- Booted off the property -- A school band on the railroad tracks -- The unsinkable Chief Wawatam -- Donning the mantle of Moses -- Merging railroads over bourbon -- Selling the shiny silver sphere -- "God save me from the planners and thinkers!" -- Son of Penn Central -- "Why the hell do we need four tracks out here?" -- Girding for battle -- "We will fight with every means at our disposal" -- John Snow, CEO -- A catalog of blunders -- "I think we want to be seen as somewhat crazy" -- In the betrayal suite -- The day the horse fell down.
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"This absorbing book takes you on an entertaining ride through the train wars of the last 30 years. It is filled with intrigue and backbiting in the executive suites and with stories of how the railroaders got away with unbelievable waste -- until it all caught up with them." -- William Neikirk, Chicago Tribune

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A saga about one of the oldest and most romantic enterprises in the land-America's railroads-The Men Who Loved Trains introduces some of the most dynamic businessmen in America. Here are the chieftains who have run the railroads, including those who set about grabbing power and big salaries for themselves, and others who truly loved the industry. As a journalist and associate editor of Fortune magazine who covered the demise of Penn Central and the creation of Conrail, Rush Loving often had a front row seat to the foibles and follies of this group of men. He uncovers intrigue, greed, lust for power, boardroom battles, and takeover wars and turns them into a page-turning story for readers. Included is the story of how the chairman of CSX Corporation, who later became George W. Bush's Treasury secretary, was inept as a manager but managed to make millions for himself while his company drifted in chaos. Men such as he were shy of scruples, yet there were also those who loved trains and railroading, and who played key roles in reshaping transportation in the northeastern United States. This book will delight not only the rail fan, but anyone interested in American business and history.… (more)

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