Transport: Long v. Short

Since 1912 Arizona has had a law prohibiting freight trains of more than 70 cars from passing through the State. Thus the Southern Pacific and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, as their long strings of refrigerator cars approached the Arizona border, had to split them up to cross the State. In 1929 the two roads estimated that the law was costing them $1,000,000 per year, started court action to have its enforcement restrained. In due time a U. S. District Court gave ear to their plea, finding the law useless except as...

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