csx ancestory

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what is the sequence of mergers leading to the seaboard system of the late 70's and early 80's starting from the mid 60's (i.e. ACL SAL and whoever else ended up in the family lines.

-- matt dudek (yakidak@aol.com), May 13, 1999


The CSX website had a brief synopsis of its history at one time. From their perspective, the railway had its beginnings with the B&O. Though technically true, due to B&O being the oldest railroad in America and part of Chessie System, the parent company and the survivor of the merger was Seaboard Coastline Industries. From this perspective, the ancestry would begin from the ACL since ACL was the dominant railroad of the ACL/SAL merger and owned controlling interest in the L&N.

-- Andrew Callo (acallo@dcf.net), August 23, 2001.

The family lines schemem was created in 1979 as a advertising scheme,it was never a railroad.

V.L.Lewis CSX Transportation Section foreman

-- (slobs@mspring.com), May 16, 1999.

A complete answer would get pretty long, but here's the brief version. 1. ACL and Seaboard merged 7-1-67 to form Seaboard Coast Line. 2. SCL and controlled and affiliated companies L&N, Clinchfield, and Georgia/West Point Route began using the common marketing label "Family Lines" in mid-1974, and some operating and executive functions were consolidated. 3. SCL Industries (SCL's holding company) and Chessie System (C&O, B&O, Western Maryland) merged 11-1-80 to form CSX Corporation, but the rail systems continued to operate separately. 4. SCL, L&N, Clinchfield, and Georgia/West Point Route were merged 12-29-82 and 1-1-83 into Seaboard System. 5. Seaboard System and Chessie System rail operations merged 7-1-86 into CSX Transportation, a unit of CSX Corporation. There will be a quiz tomorrow.

-- Larry Goolsby (LGoolsby@aphsa.org), May 14, 1999.

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