PRSL22 wrote:I have been thinking of possible railroad mergers. I'll put forth some ideas, hearing some input would be awesome. How do you think it would affect the railroad world today? Do you think the companies would survive? How feasible would this have been? Let's imagine these mergers occuring in 1955.
Gulf, Mobile, & Ohio-Missouri Pacific
Boston & Maine-Maine Central
Union Pacific-Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific
New York Central-Chicago & North Western
Louisville & Nashville-Norfolk & Western
My impression is that the Interstate Commerce Commision was not very merger friendly in the 1950's though of course one of the first big modern mergers, Erie Lackawanna, happened in 1958.
But I'll play, How about:
Rock Island/Denver & Rio Grande Western/Western Pacific(I believe part of the ICC master plan in the mid 1920's?)-Could also include MP
Chicago,Milwaukee, St.Paul & Pacific/Chicago Northwestern(proposed but never achieved as was your UP/Rock Island merger)
Chicago Great Western/Missouri-Kansas-Texas(and possibly G,M & O and/or the Frisco)
The Alphabet Route-NKP/P&WV/W&LE/WM/Reading/L&HR/CNJ/New Haven (again the ICC favored this grouping at one point)
Erie/DL&W/LV/Reading/CNJ (later proposed as Mid Atlantic Rail to provide competition with PC/Conrail)
Include D&H (and maybe BAR) with B&M/MEC and create an earlier, more successful and hopefully, better managed version of Guilford/PAR
Of course by the 90's the first three RR's merge into a third western supersystem while the last 3 merge to compete with CSX and NS after the Conrail split......................................