Mergers: The Northerns

The Interstate Commerce Commission last week agreed to a railroad merger that will have everything going for it except euphony. The commission, reversing its own antimerger order of 20 months ago, approved the creation of the Great Northern Pacific & Burlington Lines, Inc. The new road fuses the present Great Northern, the Northern Pacific and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy along with smaller subsidiaries, including the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway and the Pacific Coast Railroad. With 24,600 miles of track stretching across more than a quarter of the nation, the G.N.P. & B. will be the U.S.'s longest...

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