Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books

Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books

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Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr with dust jacket Morning Sun Books
 
Erie Western In Color by John T Eagan Jr
Hard Cover w/DJ
128 pages
Copyright 2016
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION4
PART 1: THE ERIE LACKAWANNA5-23
PART 2: CONRAIL24
PART 3: ERIE WESTERN25-102
PART 4: THE CHICAGO & INDIANA RAILROAD103-109
PART 5: THE TIPPECANOE RAILROAD110-113
PART 6: THE INDIANA ERIE RAILROAD114
PART 7: OTHER LINES 115-116
ROSTER117-121
EQUIPMENT123-128
INTRODUCITON:
On April 1, 1976, a new railroad rose from the ashes of six failed class 1 roads. The Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) was established by the United States Railway Association to operate the failed rail systems of Ann Arbor, Boston & Maine, Central of New Jersey, Erie Lackawanna, Lehigh Valley, Penn Central, and Reading. While the AA and B&M would ultimately not be included in the CR system, large portions of the other roads would also be left out. For those lines unwanted by CR, the USRA authorized joint Federal and State subsidies for service continuation on a temporary basis.
Blessed with several routes across Indiana to Chicago, USRA planners chose not to include the Erie Lackawanna main line for operation by Conrail. A last-ditch effort to include this line into the Chessie System failed. Overhead traffic was diverted to other Conrail lines, which left a high-speed, well-maintained railroad - but only local traffic. Shippers initially contracted with CR to provide rail service under the designated-operator subsidy program. It soon became apparent this "forced stepchild" plan would be a costly approach to the continuance of service - and the service that remained no longer could be described as "quality". Shippers either turned to trucks or relocated their plants.
To maintain the level of service that shippers were accustomed to prior to Conrail, local shippers and communities solicited programs from short line operators that were less costly but offered more efficient service. The USRA allowed states to designate operators, made possible by new ICC regulations. This policy saved some lines and stalled abandonment for others.
The Erie Western, formed by Trans-Action Associates, presented an operating plan for the Erie Lackawanna main line and PC Portland Branch. It would operate for less than two years yet survive long enough to have a more colorful history than lines of much longer duration. Its equipment became well-known in the rail industry. This is the story of that line and its predecessors and successors.

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