• Causes of Souther Pacific failure

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  by NotYou
 
Have read many times the Southern Pacific failed due to bad finances, but haven't read about specifics such as: bad routes, bad service, short hauled, or any specifics really.

Anyone know the specifics or know any good resources to point me to? Books, documentaries, websites: all fine by me.
  by edbear
 
Southern Pacific kind of got surrounded. Union Pacific got the Western Pacific, so it got a tough competitor for the Overland Route. Next UP got the MP, so that SP now had strong competition at Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and El Paso. The old friendly MP route through Pueblo which sent traffic to the DRGW through to Salt Lake & Ogden dried up.
  by eolesen
 
It didn't help matters that they tried to merge with the ATSF and the STB & DOJ turned that down. That's how SP wound up being sold to the DRGW.
  by NotYou
 
Know about the failed merger w/ ATSF. Guess being acquired by DRGW didn't do much to improve the bottom line.
  by ExCon90
 
If you're looking for specific books or articles, you might try (if you haven't already) the Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society at sphts.org.