brianpwestgate wrote:I think that had CR purchased CSX, not much would have changed. NS would have purchased from CR all the PRR, Erie, & T&OC. Instead of today's CR we'd perhaps see ADBF's Detroit Connecting running the Detroit Terminal, Union Belt, and West Detroit branch. In Penn and Jersey we'd perhaps see an expanded Philadelphia Belt Line, and new Central of New Jersey and West Jersey & Seashore railroads. CR would have continued to slough off various branch lines throughout its system.
Had Conrail purchased CSX, maybe we would have seen a big difference
today in the operation of the railroad. Conrail believed in decent track
maintenance which is something that CSX apparently does not do well in.
Conrail also believed that the "troops" are important to a successful
railroad operation and this is something that apparently is not in CSX's
book either. Conrail knew how to move trains, freight, vans, passenger
it did not matter what, it moved and quite well too.
The reference to the "troops" does not mean that Conrail was a slacker,
they demanded compliance with rules, signals etc but their approach was
different than that of CSX and the vast majority of the people respected
it for sure. In the Conrail days, we took pride in our work and in our
railroad, I do not think that is true today.
In 1987, I had enough confidence in Conrail to leave an absolute secure
and good job with Metro-North to return to Conrail in the Albany area. A
few others also had confidence in Conrail and did the same thing. Fast
forward to the past four or five years under CSX and several really good
engineers have chosen to give up their rights with CSX and hire with
Amtrak as new employees even given the possible problems with Amtrak
in the future.
I think the CSX will continue to "flounder" around and be probably the
worst railroad in the industry for some time.
This kind of reminds me of the Penn Central which at the time of its
merger had a lot of good possibilities. Unfortunately, Penn Central did not
take advantage of the good possibilities and instead continued to let the
railroad go downhill until it reach a point where recovery just was not
I had hopes that we would never witness another Penn Central disaster but now I am not so sure with CSX in time.