Railroads: Cases and Selections

Railroads: Cases and Selections

Railroads: Cases and Selections

Railroads: Cases and Selections

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This book has been prepared by the editors to accompany their respective volumes on railroad transportation:Jones, Principles of Railway Transportation, andVanderblue andBurgess, Railroads: Rates -- Service -- Management; and frequent cross references to these books appear in the footnotes. It is believed, however, that the selections are of such a nature that they can be used to advantage in connection with other college texts, or even independently as the bases of class discussion where lectures are used to present the general argument of the course. With these various possibilities in mind, the book has been divided into seven parts, as follows: Part I -- Development of the Railroad Net; Part II -- Rates; Part III -- Service; Part IV -- Finance; Part V -- Combination; Part VI -- Labor; Part VII -- Conflict of State and Nation.

The greater portion of the volume consists of decisions of the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Railroad Labor Board, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Significant historical and critical discussions are also included where the case material seems to require supplementing, or where, from the nature of the subject-matter discussed, no satisfactory case material exists. But the book is primarily a collection of cases which aims, by providing a carefully selected body of supplementary material, to give concreteness to the principles developed in the more general works on railroad transportation, and to stimulate the student in his thinking. Experience with a portion of these materials, when published in preliminary form for the use of the class in Railroad Transportation at Northwestern University, demonstrated their usefulness in this regard.

The editors wish to express their gratitude to the various authors and publishers who have so generously granted permission for the reproduction of copyrighted material. The Interstate Commerce Commission has extended many courtesies, and Mr. William J. Koebel of the Commission's staff has been especially helpful. For the reading of the proofs we are indebted to Miss E. F. Philbrook of Cambridge.

ELIOT JONES

May, 1925.HOMER B. VANDERBLUE.

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