The Men Who Loved Trains: The Story of Men Who Battled Greed to Save an Ailing Industry

The Men Who Loved Trains: The Story of Men Who Battled Greed to Save an Ailing Industry

The Men Who Loved Trains: The Story of Men Who Battled Greed to Save an Ailing Industry

The Men Who Loved Trains: The Story of Men Who Battled Greed to Save an Ailing Industry

Synopsis

A saga about one of the oldest and most romantic enterprises in the land - America's railroads - this text 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.

Excerpt

Although its contents are certainly meant to be absolutely accurate and enlightening and its conclusions penetrating and serious, as every serious academic work should be, The Men Who Loved Trains is not a product of traditional academic research. It is a work of journalism and is founded on scores of interviews that began more than 35 years ago. It also is based to a limited extent on my own experiences watching, recording, and even participating in the history of the Northeast’s railroads during the last half of the twentieth century.

I had the privilege of reporting on the demise of Penn Central and the creation of Conrail as an associate editor of Fortune, and I have drawn on some of my reporting from those days in writing this book. I’ve benefited as well from my experience as a consultant during the years since leaving the magazine. During that time I advised Conrail and the Norfolk and Western Railway on their annual reports to the shareholders. I also provided editorial guidance to the United States Railway Association when it was urging Congress to keep Conrail alive, and for more than 10 years before the acquisition of Conrail I consulted csx, providing a variety of services, from economic and marketing studies to communications strategies, and even serving as CSX’s secret intelligence operative. From all those experiences I sometimes had a front row seat when the chieftains of the railroad industry were battling one . . .

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