walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

well _that_ explains a lot

p 98-9 in _Main Lines_:

"But Chessie and the N&W were vague on what they would do and very clear on what they would not do. They were not willing to provide any service east of a line between Albany and Harrisburg, what N&W's Jack Fishwick dubbed the "firewall." East of the firewall, they said, lay nothing but trouble -- complex terminal trackage, short freight hauls, aging ports dominated by thug unions, marine operations in harbors, commuters, New Jersey taxes, and full crew laws in states where labor's political clout was an obstacle to progress and was driving industry out. No railroad, they said, could serve that region profitably."
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