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Great Northern Pacific and Burlington, the goal of economic growth

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Weeks, Dale H.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Economics


Great Northern Pacific & Burlington Lines; Inc; Railroads--Mergers; Railroads--United States


The consolidation of the Great Northern Railway System, the Northern Pacific Railway System, the Burlington Railway System and other affiliated lines will result in a giant transportation system stretching across the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. The new company will comprise over 24,000 miles of track and will be one of the largest transportation companies in the Western Hemisphere. An extensive study of this merger started in 1956 by the new company indicates annual savings exceeding 40 million dollars. In addition, service will be considerably improved in many areas after the consolidation. This merger involves three financially healthy systems, who agree that the merger is necessary for continued financial strength. Several states and various organizations, both public and private on many levels have Intervened in opposition to this consolidation. These interveners in opposition estimate the loss in revenues to run into millions of dollars from the loss in customers, jobs and Increased efficiency of the new company. The Supreme Court and the Interstate Commerce Commission have, in recent years, given approval to the merger of financially strong systems, even where competition has been reduced by the merger. These decisions provide a precedent for the merger of the Great Northern, Northern Pacific and Burlington. The Interstate Commerce Commission Examiner concluded that the evidence provided by the opposing interveners did not support their objections. On this basis he has recommended that the Commission approve the merger with certain modifications.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [65]-68)


68 pages




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