Association of American Railroads "Railroad Regulation: An Absurd Game" Slide Transparencies and Sound Recording

Collection Number: 5188 AV

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library

This collection was processed with the help of generous funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Association of American Railroads "Railroad Regulation: An Absurd Game" Slide Transparencies and Sound Recording, 1976- 1980
Collection Number:
5188 AV
Creator:
Association of American Railroads (AAR)
Quantity:
0.4 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Audiovisual materials.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of a slide presentation and an accompanying sound recording produced by the Association of American Railroads titled: "Railroad Regulation: An Absurd Game."
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Association of American Railroads is an industry trade group representing the major railroads of North America. It was founded in 1934 after the American Railway Association merged with other industry trade groups in order to better represent and lobby for the interests of its member organizations.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Inclusive date range: 1976-1980
Bulk date: circa 1977-1979
This collection consists of an audio cassette and eighty 35mm color slides. They are designed to be presented together, with the audio from the cassette tape providing explanation and narration for the slides, which the presenter advances at the prompting of the cassette tape. They were produced to support the deregulation of the railroad industry with the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976, often called the "4R Act," and the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, during the tenure of the Association of American Railroads' president William H. Dempsey (1977-1991) .
The slides depict a hypothetical board game, somewhat reminiscent of Monopoly, in which a locomotive, a semi-truck, and a container ship travel around the board. However, the three forms of shipping and transport are subject to different regulations from the Interstate Commerce Commission [ICC] and as such have different success rates, profit margins, and impact on the American economy. In addition to visually representing the ways in which railroad regulation was strangling the railroad industry, the slides also emphasize the other side effects, such as increased pollution created by more trucks driving on the highways, the loss of jobs, and the impact on the broader manufacturing sector as the railroad industry continued to flounder.
In addition to the slides depicting the imaginary game, there are five slides that have photographs of actual rail operations including a photograph of an Erie Lackawanna locomotive, Santa Fe rolling stock, Santa Fe Rail Yards, and Canadian National Railway rolling stock. Additionally, there is one photograph of a semi-truck driving over a bridge.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Dempsey, William H. (President, AAR)
Association of American Railroads

Subjects:
Railroads -- United States -- Freight -- Rates.
Railroads and state -- United States.
United States. Staggers Rail Act of 1980.
Railroad law -- United States.
United States. Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976.
Railroads -- Deregulation -- United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Audiovisual materials


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Cite As:
Association of American Railroads "Railroad Regulation: An Absurd Game" Slide Transparencies and Sound Recording #5188 AV. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5188m: Association of American Railroads Agreement of May 1936
/4055: James O. Morris Office Files

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Item 1 1976-1980
Circa 1977-1979
Box 1 Item 2 1976-1980
Circa 1977-1979
Box 1 Item 3 1976-1980
Circa 1977-1979
Box 1 Item 4 1976-1980
Circa 1977-1979
Box 2 1976-1980
Circa 1977-1979