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 LibraryThis collection was processed with the help of generous funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Association of American Railroads "Railroad Regulation: An Absurd Game" Slide Transparencies and Sound Recording, 1976- 1980
Association of American Railroads (AAR)
0.4 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
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."
Collection material in English
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.
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.
Dempsey, William H. (President, AAR)
Association of American Railroads
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.
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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.
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