Railroads: Presidential Turntable

U.S. railroads are learning to shift their presidents as smoothly as they shuffle freight cars in pushbutton yards. The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad needed to find a replacement for Louis W. Menk, a much-sought-after executive who moved to the presidency of the Northern Pacific Railway early this month. So the Burlington last week simply reached around the corner from its headquarters, near Chicago's Union Station. Its choice: William John Quinn, 55, president of the rival Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. Quinn stuffed his briefcase a bit more than usual shortly before noon on the day of his...

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