A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 26, 1968

NEWS that the Supreme Court had approved the merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads was warmly received in the editorial offices of TIME. Nearly half the staffers commute by rail, and many of them brought questions to Associate Editor Spencer Davidson, who was writing the cover story. Did the merger mean that they would soon be riding in newer, cleaner cars? Would the schedules be more reliable? Conductors less surly?

A commuter himself on the Long Island Rail Road, Davidson listened patiently to quite a few gripes and some tall tales...

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