RAILROADS: Red Board on a Merger

In the gloom of the '57-'58 recession, many a U.S. railroad sought merger partners to strengthen its condition. For 14 months the Pennsylvania and the New York Central, the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 roads, talked, thought and studied. Last week the Central flashed the red board. It announced that it was suspending the Pennsy merger talks until "three or four systems of nearly balanced economic strength in the East" could be studied. Conferences among smaller roads in Portland (Me.) and Cleveland (TIME, Dec. 1), said the Central's directors, indicate "a new climate among Eastern railroads in regard...

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