The Peak of "Conrail Quality"

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The Peak of "Conrail Quality"

Post by gokeefe » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:53 pm

I just finished Rush Loving's "The Men Who Loved Trains". In the book he describes a period in the early 80's when Conrail's tracks and physical plant had been restored to near "perfect" condition. It's a pretty astonishing turn around from the Penn Central days.

After that some management changes occurred and the track and plant conditions were normalized to a more routine (but still very good) level of maintenance.

I know that the slogan "Conrail Quality" came along several years later. That being said it strikes me as emblematic of this middle era in Conrail's history (circa 1981-1985). In many ways this was the "peak" of "Conrail Quality".

Does anyone have any stories from this period that are good examples of this history?
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