The Ripley Regional Railroad Plan

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The Ripley Regional Railroad Plan
Posted by BaltACD on Monday, November 2, 2020 12:17 PM

While I was looking for some other information on Google, I stumbled across a citation of the Ripley Plan for Regional railroad organization that was the outgrowth of the 1920 Transportation Act.



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Posted by Overmod on Monday, November 2, 2020 12:47 PM

Helps to understand the Ripley plan, and some of what came after (including the revival of the 1906 Ramsey high-speed route later in the '20s; highly interesting in conjunction with the routes in Ripley's system 7) if you start with the background here:

and find and browse the 'labor alternative' commonly known as the Plumb Plan and introduced by Thetus Sims in 1919 as an alternative to the formalization of the Esch Act -- for some reason I can't find an online version of either Plumb's or Sims' actual language on the Web, but will keep looking.


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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:18 AM

C'mon, there has to be somebody else interested in the decade between the end of Federal Control and the clamping down of the Depression.  Some very interesting stuff happened then...

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Posted by rrnut282 on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:42 PM

As to Ripley's plan, in (perfect, I know) hind-sight, it seemed doomed to failure, creating far-flung empires with little end-point to end-point traffic.  Santa Fe into Minnesota?  SP alone and Pennsy nearly alone?

The lowly MONON only had two mainlines across Indiana, yet it was split three ways.  What were the details on that?

Mike (2-8-2)


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