Uncommon Carrier

One of the shortest railroads in the U.S. is the little Ohio & Morenci, which hauls freight 20.2 mi. from Berkey, Ohio to Morenci, Mich. About six months ago, the Ohio & Morenci petitioned the Interstate Commerce Commission for authority to go out of business: there just wasn't enough traffic to make it worthwhile.

Last week ICC Examiner J.A. Prichard tartly recommended that the application be turned down. He said the road should be a profitable operation, but was actually trying to lose money. At Morenci, it had allowed its tracks to be torn up and given its right of...

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