Railroads: Hot Fight with Hoffa

In the long and bitter battle between the railroads and the truckers, the railroads are making new gains by inducing their opponents to defect. Their weapon: piggybacking, the carrying of freight-loaded truck bodies on railroad flatcars.

Truck piggyback service for general freight has doubled in two years, become the rails' most profitable single freight operation. Last week six of the biggest U.S. trucking firms joined in a new company to cooperate with the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad in building special piggyback terminals for general freight in Jersey City and Chicago.

All this has not gone unnoticed by Teamster Boss James Riddle Hoffa,...

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