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A look back in time: August 1958

By | July 31, 2008

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SP announces it is standardizing on silver livery for all passenger equipment; although Armour yellow will be retained for cars assigned to Overland Route trains, SP’s tow-tone gray and bright Daylight colors will fade away. . . .

On August 12, the Transportation Act of 1958 is signed into law. Among its provisions are greater ICC authority over intrastate freight rates and passenger train discontinuances, and for federal guarantees of $500,000,000 in loans to railroads. . . .

Burlington Route receives ICC permission to install 54 miles of CTC between Kansas City and St. Joseph, Mo. . . .

A Teamsters’ Union strike idles trucks in 11 western states, flooding railroads in the region with traffic. . . .

Union Pacific orders 30 new passenger cars from St. Louis Car Co,: 15 coaches, 10 lunch counter lounges, and 5 Railway Post Office cars. . . .

Seaboard Air Line moves its headquarters from two buildings in Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., to a brand-new structure in Richmond over the course of two weekends. . . .

Meanwhile, future merger partner Atlantic Coast Line is constructing a new headquarters building in Jacksonville, Fla., to replace old general offices in Wilmington, N.C.

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