N&W 7902 - Expanded to a Question about NKP & Wabash

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Sat May 25 17:18:19 EDT 2019

Please provide some clarification.  I'm confused.  Exactly what is meant by the phrase, Richard Freeman Dunlap riding his Black Horse of Death onto the scene?
Bill KingArlington, Virginia

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Subject: Re: N&W 7902 - Expanded to a Question about NKP & Wabash

 Mr. Bundy -
You were a "boots on the ground" man, so your take on things is highly valued.
You wrote:
>>>On the Dekrater and Moberly Divisions, there was a signal arrangement ID'ed as Manual Block - Remote Control.  Wabash dispatchers could give a signal to enter a siding, but the train crew had to manually align the turnout.  This system of controlling train movement became known as "Morphodite Traffic Control". <<<
I always perceived both the Nickel Plate and the Wabash as being first class, high-speed, classy, good operations before the N&W management got hold of them, single tracked them and made a disaster out of them both.
You know the true story, so please tell us.  What were the NKP and the Wabash really like before the N&W's Richard Freeman Dunlap rode his Black Horse of Death onto the scene?  It would also be interesting to know why those two roads would ever want to get in bed with the N&W, given the N&W's reputation for people like Saunders and Dunlap.  Shucks, those two roads did not even connect with the N&W, so where were the imagined synergies?
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