route_rock wrote:How has the BN merger done so well in the same time as the PC failure?BN got bigger and then the solution to PC, Conrail, gets cut up again.
The original component lines that went into BN were already under the control of the same company (a big happy family of railroad companies) for quite a while before the actual merger of operations into a single corporate entity. As I've offerred here before, if PRR and NYC had done this, they would have had more time to make things work better before throwing the whole mess together operationally as they did -- before having systems set up to work as a unit as did BN.
As for the growth by addition of SLSF and ATSF, well, they just did things right, it seems. Different times, different economic climate, different people orchestrating the structure -- with opportunity to learn from the mistakes of PC.
I've been told that some western roads have used PC as a case study of "what not to do" in their management training programs. PRR management practices, too, especially as it applies to how to treat people.
PC was merger by default. No one else was interested in either as a merger partner at that time, so they were left with each other, pretty much.